6 Questions to Inspire Alumni Interviews

Alumni Trending Guest blogger: Kara Kane @karakane

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?



  1. How serendipitous that you write about creating engaging and creative alumni questions! I am going through a similar exercise with my colleagues to create an alumni profile format that is more creative and provocative than your standard, “what you got out of your education…” questions.

    It’s good to take a different angle on these types of profiles because it allows the alumni to showcase their personalities more as individuals and not just as graduates of the institution.

  2. This is truly inspiring and very helpful! I’ve been working on a lot of articles that feature our graduates, but I think having a cool Q&A section/feature with a few questions like these thrown in would be really cool!

    Thanks so much for the post!

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