Sample Interview Questions

Family

  1. Where were you born?
  2. Describe the house you lived in as a child (location, structure, room layout and furniture).
  3. Describe your parents (physical appearances, interests, hobbies, personalities, and occupations).
  4. Describe each of your siblings.
  5. Were you close to any other relatives?
  6. Describe mealtimes in your home.
  7. Did your family have any traditions?
  8. How did your family observe holidays?
  9. Where did your family go on vacations?
  10. What rules did your parents have for you and your siblings?
  11. Did your family ever move?

Friends and Entertainment

  1. What did you do for fun?
  2. Did you have pets?
  3. Did you have a nickname?
  4. Do you remember any particular instance of “getting into trouble”?
  5. Did you have chores? What were they?
  6. Describe a typical summer day.
  7. Who were your friends?
  8. Where did you go on your first date?

The Times

  1. How much did things cost when you were a child? (Ask about specific products and services).
  2. Did your family have ___________(a telephone, car, running water, etc.)?
  3. What kind of transportation did your family use?
  4. If you had to explain the difference between “the times” then and now, what would you say?
  5. What were some of the significant world, national and community events that happened during your youth?

School and Ambitions

  1. Who were your role models as a child?
  2. What did you want to be when you grew up?
  3. Describe school (building, classes, school day, etc.).
  4. What was your favorite subject?
  5. Who was your favorite teacher?
  6. What was your first job?
  7. Did you participate in extra curricular activities?

After Childhood

  1. How did you meet your spouse? What was your first impression of him/her?
  2. How long did you date before getting married? Describe the wedding.
  3. Give a timeline of your career path, including important jobs, college, military experience, etc.
  4. What were your children like as babies? As children? As teenagers?
  5. What have they done to make you most proud over the years?
  6. What is your greatest accomplishment?
  7. Describe each of your grandchildren. When did you first see them?

Interview Questions
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