I have a challenge for anyone who works in an alumni or development office. Build a bank of questions that you can have in your toolkit the next time you are called upon to write an article, news item or feature that highlights one of your graduates.
Once you get past the standard questions of “describe your professional experience” and “what is your favorite memory of [Your College],” surprise your subject with questions that go beyond the boring and into the creative. These six questions can get you started.
1. What do your shoes say about your personality?
2. Describe your favorite memory relating to food.
3. You’ve got a full tank of gas, it’s dark and you’re wearing sunglasses. Where do you drive?
4. Are you a dog person or a cat person? [Variation: Are you a Mac person or a PC person?]. Please elaborate.
5. You have an hour to spend in a bookstore. What section do you make a beeline to?
6. How would your [parent; spouse; child] describe you in seven words or less?