19 April, 2016

Interviewing Tips

Fancy trying your hand at interviewing?

50 Stories is an opportunity for Alumni, family and friends to share memories of their time at UQ, and to offer a personal reflection of how the university impacted their life. Some memories are better shared over a cup of tea, and written up by a friend or family member.

If you are considering interviewing a family member, friend, or neighbour, there are some things to keep in mind:


Help your subject prepare for the interview by asking them to bring a photograph, which can be included in your submission.

Come prepared with some questions in case they have difficulty recalling specific events and to avoid silences. Questions might include asking about fond memories of UQ, involvement in clubs and societies, and historical events during their time as a student.
  • Before writing up your story, study the interview transcript or notes for recurring or overarching themes which could become a ‘hook.’ Try to discuss this with your subject to ensure your story will represent their experiences in a way that they approve of.

Please note: It is essential to have the interviewee’s consent for the written piece to be published, so ensure that you have their written approval of the story before submitting it.