You may not always realize it, but we all interview each other constantly in order to get to know one another. We ask questions about work, hobbies, opinions and so much more. It’s the quickest and easiest way to find out more about a person or topic. It’s especially useful when the goal is to put it in print!
So, how to interview someone about their life? In its simplest form, an interview is two people having a conversation, wherein one person asks questions and the other person answers them. The people, questions, and answers depend on the goal of the interview. Thankfully, interviews are forgiving in that you can personalize them (much like a magazine), and create the right interview for your situation. You can even change them a bit as you’re conducting the interview, in order to get the best information for the purpose of your interview.
An interview about someone’s life makes for a great spread (or two, or three!) in your magazine. Whether you’re your own birthday magazine, a wedding magazine as a gift or a magazine for school, no matter what the occasion is, odds are you have some questions that need answering. Below you’ll find some example questions and tips you can use to conduct and create an interview in your magazine.
Birthday magazine interview
If you’re working on a magazine for your spouse, a good place to start with interviews is, of course, the parents. They’ll know everything there is to know about your significant other, and they’ll be able to provide valuable information that will make the magazine even more unique and heartfelt. However, it’s a good idea to interview more family members, close friends, and colleagues. This will give you the full picture of someone’s life.
Bonus tip: Add some more interview pages by sitting down with your children (if you have them), your partners siblings, friends and even colleagues. Invite them out to dinner or coffee and get them all together to talk about this special person you all have in common.
Example questions birthday magazine
- How do you know the person that’s celebrating their birthday?
- What is one thing that is typically them?
- What is the one thing the birthday person cannot live without?
- What is something they dislike?
- What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of them?
- What message would you like to give them on this special day?
- If you had to tell a story about the person, what story would you tell? (This can be a memory or a story they heard from someone else)
Wedding magazine interview
So if you’re making a magazine for a wedding or an anniversary, you can of course interview the couple that’s getting married or celebrating the anniversary. If you want to keep the magazine gift a surprise, that might not be the best way to go. In order to keep it a mystery, you can interview close friends, family members and even colleagues.
Bonus tip: If you have it, bring a photo you’d like more information about. This allows the person you’re interviewing to tell a fun anecdote that you can add to a page, alongside the photo!
Example questions wedding magazine
- What is the secret to their successful relationship/marriage?
- What do they love doing together?
- Is there anything you’ve learned from their relationship/marriage?
- What are some things they have in common?
- Are they alike at all, or is their relationship a case of ‘opposites attract? Why?
- Describe their relationship in your own words
School magazine interview
Let’s say you want to interview a student or a group about their lives and write an article about them. The questions will largely depend on the student or group, but there are some general questions you can ask to get the ball rolling during the interview.
Example questions school magazine interview
- Who are you?
- What does a typical day or week look like for you?
- What’s your most memorable experience at the school so far?
- What is your favorite thing at school?
- What is your least favorite thing?
- If you were principal for a day, what would you do?
- What are their thoughts on some current local or international events?
Bonus tip: How to make a magazine for a school project
How to format the interview
Once you’ve got all the answers, it’s time to add them to a page and create a nice looking format. You can choose one of the many pre-made interview templates available in the editor, or start from scratch and create your own.
Bonus tip: Use a simple or transparent background. This ensures that the words will be legible. A background that is too busy or too dark may make the text difficult to read. Alternatively you can place a contrasting color block over the background and adjust the transparency accordingly.