Know simple follow up questions to ask in advance of interviewing your next podcast guest.
Follow up questions get you closer to the source of truth.
Often, a better answer gets left unsaid if the first answer your guest shares isn’t followed up on. Ask follow up questions and give your guest the opportunity to:
🖼 reframe their thinking
🎈expand on their perspective
🧱add more context or
🪞give additional reflection around their answer.
By the end of this article, you will be able to ask followup interview questions like a professional TV interviewer. Paul Holmes, here we come!
Who's Paul Holmes? Watch this three minute video of his interviewing career on Holmes.
Practice 3 Simple Follow Up Interview Questions
There are three questions you can always rely on when asking follow up questions to your first question to help dig deeper on a topic. These three questions are:
1. Tell me more…
2. What was the most interesting part about____<insert the last part of their answer>
3. What did that feel like?
Try Asking Follow Up Questions Yourself
Work with a colleague practice asking the follow-up questions.
One person is the interviewer and one is the guest.
Step 1. The interviewer asks your guest the question: Describe how you got started in business?
Step 2. Once your guest gives the answer, practice asking one of the followup questions 1 - 3 above.
Then switch roles so the guest gets to be the interviewer. If you have time, try more follow up questions on each other.
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