In preparation for your interview it’s best to pick the questions you want asked and are prepared to to answer. Below is a generalized list of questions to get you thinking about the process. The best Interview is an open uninterrupted time that allows the storyteller to recount their life story. In most cases it may best to have a list of questions in chronological order to work from.

When you schedule your interview,  a team member will contact you and make you as comfortable as possible with the process, and emphasize our respect for your privacy in a caring environment. We encourage you to call us with any questions you have about the Interview process.

 

GREAT QUESTIONS FOR ANYONE

  • Tell us your full name ?  
  • What year were you born and where ?  
  • Are you named after one of your parents or a Grandparent ?
  • Do you have knowledge of your ancestors and their origins ?
  • What are your earliest memories ?
  • Where did you live in the first few years of your life ?
  • Do you have brothers and sisters ?
  • Did you enjoy your childhood ?
  • Do you have any favorite memories or tragedies you would like to share from your childhood ?
  • Did you attend church as a child ?
  • Did you have pets growing up?
  • At what age did you learn about Santa ?
  • What type of work did your parents do ?
  • Would you tell us about your school life, Elementary, High school and college ?
  • Did you have any teachers that influenced your life?
  • Did you enjoy sports or academics in school ? 
  • Did you parents support you in your formative years ? 
  • What was your first car ?
  • What was your first job ?
  • Do you have any favorite Aunts or Uncles ?
  • Are your parents still alive ?
  • what were your parents like ?
  • Does your family have reunions ?
  • Do you have close relationships with other family members ?
  • Did your serve in the Military ?
  • When were you drafted or when did you enlist ?
  • If you enlisted, what were some of the reasons that you joined the military? How did you choose your branch of service ?
  • What was basic training like ?
  • What are some of the things you remember about adapting to military life ?
  • Where did you serve during the war ?
  • What are some things you remember most about your deployment ?
  • Can you describe how you felt coming home from combat ?
  • Was there anything you especially missed about civilian life ?
  • Are you married ? If so could you tell us how you met your spouse.?
  • Where did you live when you were first married ?
  • How long have you been married ?
  • Do you have children ?  Names and ages ? 
  • How do or did you make a living ? 
  • Is your job rewarding ? 
  • What is your greatest accomplishment ? 
  • What is your greatest disappointment ? 
  • Have you traveled out of the country ? 
  • Do you think the USA will continue as a republic for another 100 years ?
  • Are you happy in life ?
  • Can you tell me about your religious beliefs/spiritual beliefs? What is your religion ?
  • Have you experienced any miracles ?
  • What was the most profound spiritual moment of your life ?
  • Do you believe in God ?
  • Do you believe in the after-life ? What do you think it will be like ?
  • If you were to give advice to children growing up today, what would it be ?
  • What lessons have you learned in this life ? The most important things are ?
  • How do you want to be remembered ?