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Thirty questions: WriteLane podcast

Published Aug. 29, 2018|Updated Jun. 11, 2020

This week, we discuss some guiding questions for probing interviews.

Here they are:

1. Tell me the story of your life?

2. What’s your earliest memory?

3. Describe your family, house, pets … and how you fit into the dynamics?

4. Recreate some family traditions, holidays – best and worst?

5. What did you want to be? Did you picture yourself married? Children?

6. Were you popular in school … what activities did you do?

7. Who were your heroes … and why? … Who are they now?

8. What was your first experience with death?

9. How did you meet your girlfriend, spouse, best friend?

10. Tell me about the most difficult decision you ever had to make?

11. What do you dream about?

12. Who knows you best? Who do you confide in?

13. Do you believe in God? Go to church? What do you pray for?

14. Are you politically involved? How active? Why?

15. What’s in your wallet … or purse … car … Iphone … refrigerator?

16. What do you worry about most for yourself? Your family? The world?

17. What do you want most, with what’s left of your life?

18. What are you searching for, questions you still have?

19. What do you regret and why?

20. If you could relive any moment, what would it be, would you change it?

21. What one word would best describe you?

22. What do people misunderstand or assume about you?

23. Tell me something about you that few people know?

24. What bugs you most about yourself? Others?

25. Do you want your children to be like you when they grow up? Why?

26. What are you most proud of?

27. What do you think happens to us after we die?

28. Why are you here, on this earth, at this time?

29. Who will come to your funeral?

30. What do you want to be remembered for?

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