Here is the bank of questions I use to interview my guests on the Just the Job Podcast. Should conversation between friends ever dry up, feel free to whip them out.
If you have any suggestions for questions you would like to hear my guests answer, please add them to the Comments at the bottom of this page.
What is your name, and what do you do?
Can you summarise what you do in your job in a single sentence?
Quick fire: 15 to 1
1. What time does your alarm go off on a work day, and what time do you actually get up?
2. What time do you start work?
3. How do you get to work and what do you do on your commute?
4. What is the first thing you do when you get into work?
5. What do you wear to work?
6. How long do you get for lunch and where do you eat?
7. How many people do you work with?
8. How many work emails would you get on an average day, and what sort of things are they about?
9. How many cups of tea or coffee do you have each day?
10. How many meetings do you have a week?
11. Roughly what percentage of your working day is spent sitting down?
12. What time do you get home from work?
13. Do you work evenings and weekends?
14. How many weeks holidays per year do you get?
15. How long have you been in your current role for?
The Cowboy Time Question:
What were you doing yesterday at ten-to-ten in the morning?
The Chinese Dentist Question:
What were you doing yesterday at two-thirty in the afternoon?
Your work day:
What does the first 30 minutes of your work day look like?
What are the top 3 activities/task that take up most of your work time per week?
What happens if you call in sick?
Do you use any websites or apps during your work day?
The Good Times and the Bad:
Tell me about one of the best times in your job
Tell me about one of the worst times in your job
Have you ever cried at work, and would you feel comfortable talking about it?
What is the best perk of your job?
What is your work-related claim to fame?
What could your colleagues do to annoy you at work?
Describe the most stressful part of your job
Describe the most boring part of your job
What motivates you at work?
When you leave work in the evening and look back on your day, what needs to have happened for you to think “yes, that was a good day”?
After the work day:
Do you think about work after you get home, and if so what steps do you take to help you switch off?
What parts of your job do you tend to talk to friends/loved ones about?
Thoughts about your job:
Do you think you paid too little, too much, or just about right?
If you could realistically change one thing about your job, what would it be?
If you were looking for someone to replace you in your role, what qualities would they need to have?
Describe what happened on your interview for your job
If you could ask someone one interview question that you didn’t get asked, what would it be?
What about your job might surprise people? Or what surprised you most?
How has your job changed since you’ve been doing it?
The Next Generation:
What did you learn at school or university that has been most useful to you at work?
What advice would you give to a young person who wanted to do your job in the future?
Would the 16 year old you be surprised to find you in this current job?
What did your parents do, and did this influence your career path?
How would you like your career to develop in the future?
If you won the lottery today, and money was no longer an object, how long would you stay in your job?
If you had to completely change career tomorrow, what would you do?