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Tips On How to Script Your First Interview

Before your next interview, take some time to jot down a number of questions that will help get the discussion going.  The ultimate goal is to have a conversation with your guest and not to just run through a list of questions. Your question list provides you with some security during your interview so that you don’t run into any dead air situations.  Before you know it, you won’t need this list and your conversations will just flow naturally.

Here is a sampling of questions that you can leverage for upcoming interviews.  We’ve laid out scripts based on a couple scenarios below to give you a starting point and some ideas on how to conduct your interview:

An Author of a New Book
Welcome to X Show.  Today, we have XX who just released their 2nd book. So tell us, what’s your new book about?  What was your inspiration for writing it? This book takes place in Y city where you grew up. What was it like growing up there? At what age did you start writing? What advice would you give to young writers?  What authors have influenced your work and how? What books have you read of late that you would recommend? Well that’s all the time we have for today. I want to thank our guest, XX for stopping by the show. Be sure to tune in next week at the same time, when we have YY on the show.

The Founder of a Company
Welcome to Z Show.  Today, we have XX who founded XY Company. Can you tell us a little about XY’s services/products? What is your business model?  Who are your competitors and how do you differentiate yourself from them? What was your inspiration for starting XY?  What did you do before XY Company?  What advice would you give to others that are looking to found their own companies? What have been your greatest challenges in founding XY Company? And we are out of time for this week. I want to thank our guest, XX for such an enjoyable conversation. Be sure to tune in next week at the same time, when we have the founder of YY on the show.

We hope these scripts will give you a leg up on your next interview. Fore more tips on interviewing read this post.