Biographical Interview Questions

Biographical Interview Questions
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Choose a family member to interview. Ask them some of the questions below (and some of your own). Takes notes so that you can write up a biography from the answers. The purpose of this interview is for you to talk with and learn things about this person that you didn't know.

1. What city were you born in? Describe your childhood home and where it was.

2. Where did you grow up and what was it like there?

3. As a child, did you have pets? Were any special to you?

4. What did you enjoy doing as a child? What was your favorite outdoor activity?

5. Did you attend church or religious services? What were your earliest memories?

6. Describe you parents. What were they like? What did they do?

7. Where did your father work? What is your strongest image of your father?

8. Did your mother have a job? What is your favorite memory of her?

9. Describe your grandparents

. What did you enjoy the most about them?

10. Who were some of your friends growing up and did your parents like them?

11. Did your friends ever get you in trouble when you were younger?

12. What were some of your chores and did you get and allowance?

13. How old were you when you went on your first date? Where did you go?

14. What were some of your first jobs? How much did you make?

15. What did you like to do in your free time? What do you do now?

16. What were some of the crazy fads you or your friends went through?

17. Did you admire a famous person? What made them admirable?

18. What mischievous prank did you pull on someone and how did it affect you?

19. What were your family finances like growing up and how did that affect you?

20. How did you meet your husband/wife and what drew you to him/her?

21. What are some of your fondest memories with your husband/wife?

22. What are some favorites? ( color, food, ice cream, book, movie, song, sport, etc)

23. Is there something you wish you could do over again?

24. What things do you find yourself doing that you said you'd "never" do.

25. Tell me about a memorable moment in your life; a time you will never forget.

26. What are some of the changes in our society that you have seen in your lifetime?

27. What great historical events you have experienced in your lifetime?

28. What is something that you are really proud of and why?

29. What are the goals you are still working toward?

30. When people look back at your life, how do you want to be remembered?

Editor's Note: These questions can be used on their own or in addition to Tamera's Biographical Scrapbook Project

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About The Author

Tamera is a stay-at-home-wife who loves to cook, read, write, garden and craft. She has a free email newsletter called Tamera's Tea Time Talk and Culinary Chatter.

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