25 Starter Questions for An Interview

Though all of these questions won’t help in every interview/ subject, they are generally helpful and can function as good spring boards for further questions. It is important to remember to let the conversation be organic and follow its flow rather than rigidly following a list of questions to check off.

Person Specific: 
1. How would you describe _______? Why?
2. What got you interested in ______?
3. What makes your work/contribution to ______ unique?
4. How did you learn about _______?
5. Do you have any future plans for _______?
6. What are some defining moments in your life?
7. Have there been any people you would attribute your interest/success in ______ to?
8. If you hadn’t been a ________, what would you have done?
9. Do you find _____ fulfilling or are you still in search of your true calling?
10. Have you had an experiences that you would say emphasize your personality well?

Event Specific:
11. When did _____ happen?
12. Is the cause of ______ known, or are there any theories about its origin?
13. How many people were involved/ participated?
14. Is this a recurring event? If so, how does this event compare to previous occurrences?
15. Were there any particularly interesting or unusual moments?
16. What is the most memorable part of ________?
17. What was the intention behind ______?
18. Can you explain how you think ______ might affect the community?
19. Is there wide spread interest in ________?
20. If you had to sum up _______ in one sentence, what would it be?

Flexible/ Unusual:
21. What is the strangest thing that happened during __________?
22. How do you feel about _______?
23. Do you feel you are benefiting people/society with _______?
24. Would you do ______ again?
25. What negative moments have driven you/ this event to where it is now?

Outside of these questions, it is important to always remember the classic, “Who, what when, where, why and how”  are always good questions to ask.


Posted on January 25, 2014, in Journalism and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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