What questions should I ask? It's a common question new interviewers ponder. Most questions need to be carefully tailored to each unique interview based on the goals and style of the interviewer, the interview type they've chosen, and the unique qualifications of the guest. But there ARE some questions you can ask just about anyone to deepen the conversation.
In a recent conversation on the "Podcast Movement" forum podcasters talked about their favorite questions. I found 11 great interview questions among them that you can ask almost anyone. These questions will open new doors to conversation no matter who you are speaking to. Keep them in your back pocket when you need a conversation starter:
This is the second is series of articles on the Interview Lessons 5 kinds of interview: testimonial, conversational, curiosity-driven, journalistic, and story focused.
You'll hear conversational interviews most often on podcasts or talk shows. In a conversational interview, your audience is interested in hearing you and the guest interact. The goal is to build rapport, to think on your feet, and keep a good sense of balance between remarks, questions, and follow-ups. A great conversational style interview will be informative, entertaining, and thoughtful.
So how do you achieve great conversation?
By Marion Abrams
Everything In Service of the Mission
"The Tim Ferriss Show" is consistently at the top of the iTunes charts and one of the most successful interview podcasts there is. How does Ferriss think about interviewing? He says "I’m always keeping in mind what my listeners can use, which makes my job easy, because I have a very clear mission for my podcast.” Everything he does is in service of that mission.
The Key To Success
The single most important driver of a successful recorded interview is an understanding of your goals as an interviewer. To begin, it helps to recognize that there are five types of interview. We've defined them as the 5 interview lessons interview types:
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