How to Answer When Judges Ask “What is your worst quality?”
Pageant judges also like to ask contestants some of the worst questions! Questions that try to really poke and probe you, trying to get right to the heart of matters, like “Miss so-and-so, please share your…”
- worst fault
- worst feature
- greatest failure
- worst lie
- most negative personal quality
- most embarrassing moment
- the moment you wish you go go back and re-live
Avoid answering such personal questions in a way that focuses attention on a negative:
“My worst fault is that I talk too much and sometimes I say things that get me in trouble.”
Ooops. Hardly a quality judges want their winner to possess. If it doesn’t make you look good, don’t say it.
Frame your answer positively
The safest strategy is to frame your pageant answer from a positive perspective:
“I guess my biggest fault is being a bit of a workaholic. When I want to accomplish something, I’m very determined and dedicated so I have to work at taking time to relax.”
Phrased positively, even a “worst fault” can become an admirable quality.
Debra Wolfe, Mrs. America 1984, achieved the right balance in her response to the question, “What do you consider to be your best quality and your worst characteristic?”:
“My best quality probably would be my dedication to my priorities, just having my priorities in order and knowing what my roles are. My worst qualities probably would be occasionally doubting my own self-worth …. ”
Your goal is always to create a positive impression.
Using your pageant answers to make your faults sound flattering can take you a step closer to the crown.
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