View Full Version : Offbeat interview questions?

12-13-2005, 09:17 PM
I am going to be interviewing/profiling the new manager of a local government business for a local paper that I freelance for. I have all the formal questions written down, but I'd like to ask him some questions "off the beaten path". I met him once while on another assignment, and he was very charismatic.

Do you have any suggestions?

Cathy C
12-14-2005, 02:38 AM
:confused: Are you asking for suggestions OF "off the beaten path" questions? Or are you asking whether it's a good idea to stray from the subject of your interview? Don't understand. Sorry.

12-14-2005, 02:55 AM
I am asking for suggestions for off the beaten path questions to ask him for the interveiw. :)

Basically, I would like for you to suggest to me questions to ask him that are outside the "norm".

12-15-2005, 10:48 PM
What's the most important thing you ever learned from your dad? Mom?

If you had a magic wand and could change one thing about the community, what would it be?

What sport that is not currently an Olympic sport would you like to see become one?

Do you blog? Do you visit Internet forums?

Are you a "top down" manager, or a "bottom up" manager?

What role do you think creativity and "thinking outside the box" has contributed to your success?

What advice would you give a student in middle school?

Do you think there should be a limit on how rich a man can be (re: Bill Gates)?

What person in history, dead or alive, would you most like to met?

What board game most resembles your business model?

Who's the smartest person you ever met, and why?

Do you enjoy "casual Friday" or think it's just another flakey idea from California?

What movie character do you most identify with?

Have you ever had to deal with Indian tech support?

What could someone learn from the lack of success of the Yankees given the amount of money the players are paid? (Or substitute a more local team.)

What do you want on your tombstone?

And, of course...what's your favorite book?

12-16-2005, 12:47 AM