I collect interview questions.
I like to pull them out when I'm mid-way through mediocre interviews.
These are my favourite questions from my stash.
From the 36 Questions to fall in love with anyone (from Arthur Aron’s study)
Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?
Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?
Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.
If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
Complete this sentence: “I wish I had someone with whom I could share ... “
Share an embarrassing moment in your life.
When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?
Of all the people in your family, whose death would you find most disturbing? Why?
Alexandra Frazen's "Tell me everything" questions
Tell me about a moment when you quit — and regretted it later.
Tell me about a moment when you quit — and did not regret it later.
Tell me about a moment when you felt intense shame.
Tell me about a moment when you felt intense joy.
Tell me about a moment when you felt like your world was ending.
Tell me about a moment when you felt like your world was beginning.
Tell me a secret you’ve never told anyone else.
Tell me about your current hero and why you admire them.
Tell me one thing that would feel like a miracle for you right now.
Danielle LaPorte's Conversation Starter app (perfect companion for a road trip)
Some example conversation cards:
What are your first thoughts when you wake up in the morning... or this morning?
Are you still tolerating something or someone?
What or who do you “think” you should forgive because that might be the evolved thing to do, but you really don’t want to?
StoryCorps have an endless list of amazing questions, here are my favs:
Do you have a nickname? How’d you get it?
Who were your best friends? What were they like?
Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?
Who has been the kindest to you in your life?
What is your favorite memory of me?
Are there any funny stories your family tells about you that come to mind?
What are you proudest of?
When in life have you felt most alone?
If you could hold on to one memory from your life forever, what would that be?
How has your life been different than what you’d imagined?
How would you like to be remembered?
Is there anything that you’ve never told me but want to tell me now?
Is there something about me that you’ve always wanted to know but have never asked?
If you were to die suddenly this evening, what would you most regret having not told someone?
AND... don't forget you MUST ALWAYS ask this question:
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Try it at the end of your next interview. It's the best interview question ever!
And now it's over to you, what's your favourite interview question?