Generally speaking, what are the best kinds of questions to ask?
How many questions should you prepare for an interview?
As many as you can think of
A baker's dozen
When should you develop your interview questions?
While driving to the interview
In advance of the interview
During the interview
After the interview to make it look like you prepared
If you have to ask a yes/no question, what should you do?
Ask the question and move on
Make sure all your questions are yes/no
Have an open-ended follow-up question ready
Ask your interviewee, "Is that your final answer?"
TRUE OR FALSE: It's okay to have a set list of questions you use for every interview
What are the best kinds of questions to ask to *open* your interview?
The most confrontational. Take them by surprise, and take no prisoners.
Conversational and pleasant to ease into the interview
Yes/no, to get them out of the way
None. Just stare at the interviewee for five minutes.
What question should you ask to *end* every interview?
"Well, I had fun. Did you?"
"Could you call my editor and tell them I did a good job?"
"What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?"
"Is there anything else you'd like to add or touch on that I didn't cover?"