Our goal with this site is to provide insight into the way industry leaders think and perform. We hope that by doing this you’ll gain actionable tips you can implement for your own work.
But how are we coming up with the format for the interviews we’ll be creating?
We believe we have a good system in place that will allow the reader to get a firm understanding on how the interviewee thinks, and gain a significant amount of overall value from each piece.
We’ve broken it down below.
Since a lot of the people we’re interviewing and talking about on our site aren’t famous, it’s important to dedicate some time to introduce them. Here we’ll let them share an overview about who they are, what they do, and any other tidbits that they feel should be shared beforehand.
This will help establish the credibility of the individual to the reader as well as give context to further answers and information they might share.
This section will not only help bring more clarity to the tips shared, but also connect people who might want to reach out. Collaborating and sharing is what will make this more than a simple interview site.
The questions we ask are obviously going to be incredibly important when it comes to the quality of the interviews.
Because of this, we looked at other great interviewers for inspiration for creating our own. We’re pretty happy with the list we have right now but we will definitely be tweaking it as we go on.
What Is The Most Valuable Book You’ve Read?
We love this question for a few reasons. Books are such an incredible source of knowledge and progress, and most of the top people in their fields are voracious readers.
We like structuring the question this way because it places the emphasis on value instead of preference. Plenty of us love books simply because they were fun, or because we enjoyed the way the author wrote it. That doesn’t mean it’s valuable though.
By focusing on value we can quickly bring some impactful information to the reader. This is the main reason they’re here, so we want to structure our questions in a way that delivers.
What Item Can You Not Live Without?
We are leaving this question open-ended because we want to give the interviewee an option. This could be a neat tool that they use for work, or a foam roller they love to help unwind after a day of working at a desk.
The answers here will vary a bit which is to be expected. We want to have some variety in the style of our questions as well as the sort of answers they provide, while still being helpful.
What Is Your Favorite Lesson You Learned From A Failure In The Past?
Everyone who is doing something interesting has failed at one point or another (likely multiple times). Everyone.
A lot of these failures lead to some great lessons and insights that helped them do bigger and better things. If we can use this question as a way to shine light on some of these lessons we’ll consider our job well done.
What Is Your Favorite Hobby And Why?
This might seem standard but it’s always interesting to see how high performers strike a work-life balance. We believe it’s incredibly important to not be a one-dimensional human, and having hobbies is a great way to do this.
The reasoning behind these hobbies is really what we’re after. Everyone has something they’re into, but the why is what matters. This can be used as inspiration for trying out some new activities on your own, and broadening your horizons.
Pick One Small Habit That Makes A Big Impact On Your Productivity
We love this because it will avoid any generic answers like “being proactive” and likely uncover some habits that you can quickly pick up and try for yourself.
An example of this would be making your bed in the morning. A lot of people swear by this practice and say it sets them up for success throughout the day. Uncovering more of these underrated habits will help you craft your ideal recipe for an awesome day.
What Are Some Tips For Getting A Seat At The Table?
A lot of great workers and leaders in their field have been overlooked at one point or another. It can be tough to overcome management constrictions and shine when you have a lot to contribute.
This question should serve the purpose of providing tips and tricks for navigating the waters within an organization without letting opportunities pass you by. Some of these tactics might surprise you!
The questions above serve the core purpose of providing insight into things we all want to know, and we’ll likely be asking them to everyone we have on the site. However we are planning on staying flexible when it comes to the rest.
The reason for this is some people might have more to discuss on a specific topic, and we want to dig deep into the details of what makes them unique.
This is why we’ll come up with a few additional questions for each interviewee, so we can get the full benefit of their expertise.
We’ll also reserve an area for the interviewee to drop in some closing thoughts if they choose. This will be a great catch-all for anything they wanted to bring up, but didn’t. It will also give them an opportunity to let everyone know about work they’re doing and where you can contact them.
If we come up with a fantastic question, we will add it to the list. If another isn’t giving us the insights we hoped for, we’ll scrap it.
We’re very excited to test out this format and we’ll definitely be making adjustments to it as we go along. Our goal is to have the content provide immense value and improve over time.