Podcasting Q&A

Top 5 Podcast Interview Questions

October 04, 2021 Buzzsprout
Podcasting Q&A
Top 5 Podcast Interview Questions
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When it comes to interviews, it can often feel like snagging the guests is the most intimidating part of the process. But once you got the guest, what do you do? How do you make the most of that moment with them? You ask quality questions.

So in today's episode, we're going to give you five amazing questions to help you maximize the time that you have with your podcast guests.

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In today's episode, we are going to give you five quality questions to ask in your podcast interview. Welcome to Podcasting Q&A, where you learn the best tips and strategies to launch grow and monetize your show. In today's episode, we are talking all about how to craft a beautiful set of interview questions for your podcast guests. So when it comes to interviews, it can often feel like snagging the guests is the most intimidating part of the process. But once you got the guest, what do you do? How do you make the most of that moment with them? You ask quality questions. So in today's episode, we're going to give you five amazing questions to help you maximize the time that you have with your podcast guests. For starters, let's talk about some do's and don'ts. First things first is common. You want to avoid asking closing questions, questions that start with did and do often yield you yes and no responses, which don't give you a lot of information. Instead, you want to ask questions that allow you to flow throughout the interview. So asking things like what happened when why how those will give you more things to work with, as your guest answers your question. The second thing you want to avoid doing is asking the same question over and over again, that they've been asked in different interviews. And if you must ask a question that's pretty common, try to find a different angle on it. So instead of asking, why did you become a blank? Ask when was the moment that you knew you could not spend another moment of your life not being a blank, slightly different angle, you might get a slightly different response, right? So you can reframe to sometimes get a different angle on a very commonly asked question. The next thing that you want to make sure that you do is listen, a lot of times when you're interviewing someone, your mind is caught up in the questions that you already have planned. But you're missing the moment and in the moment, a question may come up just from natural conversation. So you want to stay plugged into the moment. Listen, make sure that you're engaged because sometimes some of the best questions come as a follow up to something that your guest to set. So make sure that you're listening, ask open ended questions, and refrain when possible. So now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's talk about five examples of some beautifully crafted questions for your podcast interview. The first is Tell me your story. Tell me your story is a really wonderful way to start off a podcast interview and helps kind of just it's like a softball question. So the guests can introduce themselves, they can talk about what's important to them. And oftentimes, it provides a nice little setup to flow organically in a conversation where a lot of your questions can just sort of be seamlessly placed. The other thing that I really like about this question is that oftentimes with your guests sharing about where they started, your listener can see themselves in your guest story. And oftentimes that helps them see the guest as someone that's accessible someone that's relatable and they're much more open to receiving from your podcast guest. Question number two, what do you wish you would have known before you started? It's kind of like a behind the scenes insider tip kind of question that you can ask your podcast guests because a lot of times they're hindsight can become your listeners foresight. And so as they share the things that they wish they would have known, your guest is hopefully being warned informed, and hopefully being prevented from making the similar oversight or mistake that your podcast guest is sharing. Question number three, tell me about a time when you failed and how you overcame that this is also a really great question because failure is inevitable as much as we hate it. But it can also be really isolating and shaming. And so if your guests can tell a story about when they failed, it helps your listener know like, okay, when I fail, I'm not alone, it happens to everyone, this person that has achieved so much success has also failed. Okay, so this is just a part of the journey and it can help your listener feel not so alone, but also pretty comforted that they're in good company. The other thing about this question, the How did they overcome it part is really helpful too, because if your listener finds himself in a similar place as the guest shares, they are given this automatic insight into how to overcome and recover from the same mistake. Once again, high value nuggets. Question number four, what resources do you recommend? I love asking this question because hopefully this interview has been amazing that my audience, my listeners have loved it and love my guest. And so when they recommend a book or a podcast, or something that's influenced them and help them become successful, amazing, insightful, the audience will get excited and go, Oh, this has contributed to that mindset. How do I get more and go look at those resources and recommendations. So again, adding value to the audience and to the listeners beyond just the interview. And Question number five, which isn't quite a structured question, but it's the art of the follow up. So here's a little pro tip, and this is why it's important to stay in the moment. Oftentimes, some of the best follow up questions come at the tail end of your guests response. So questions like why tell me more what happened next are really great ways to dig for more than surface level answers. One of my favorite ways of doing this is mirroring and mirroring is simply repeating what your guest said, but as a question. So for example, you followed him to the basement, what made you do that it's a great way to dig beyond and get more of your guests perspective, their reasoning, their rationale, and obviously if you're out asking that question, your audience is probably also asking that question. So again, providing that value and kind of anticipating what would people want to know. And so mirroring is a really great way to do that. At the end of the day, conducting a great interview isn't just about having a great guest. It's also about capitalizing and maximizing on the moments that you have with that guest and asking really good questions is one of the best ways to do that. Thanks for listening to Podcasting Q&A. 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Do's and Don'ts
Tell me your story
Hindsight is 20/20
When have you failed?
Recommended resources
Follow-up questions