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Never Do An Interview Like This

A few months ago, I thought I do a series of interviews with interesting people, all related to Internet marketing. So, I wrote the questions and I sent them to about 10 people, and I was hoping to at least get a few answers that I could publish.

I got a few replies, and they said that they were going to answer in a few days or so.

Now, a few months later, I haven’t received any of the interviews and I think I know why.

My interview technique was a little demanding. I think the questions were really good, but maybe too good, and it would have taken a lot of time to answer them and you need to do some serious thinking before you answer.

The people I tried to interview are all successful, and they don’t have much time. So, what I should have done is to give them three or four straight forward questions.

Now, let me give you my interview (the one you never should copy):

First, the basics:

Name:
Age:
Occupation:
City/country:
Website(s):

Now, the interview:

The past
Can you please give a brief overview of the first time you started doing something related to online business or Internet marketing? What year was it, how old were you, what were your thoughts about life, money, marketing and business?

Why
Please explain why you got involved with online business and Internet marketing? Did something happen that led you to this kind of work?

How
Can you please write a short explanation regarding how you started out with your business and how you came to the place (in life/work) you are today? Is it one or a few specific decisions that had more impact than others? Are there any marketing tacticts that you have personally applied that where more successful than others? The reason for why you are where you are today (why you are successful).

Another try
If you can do it all over again, would you do anything different? This is about both life in general and your work.

The future
Are you satisfied with your life and your business? What are your thoughts about the future in general? What about your future, where will you be and what will you be doing in 10 years from now?

I wasn’t thinking that each person had to answer all the questions, I was just helping them out with a few extra questions underneath each main question.

Anyways. I am the first one to admit that my interview was fairly demanding.



3 responses to “Never Do An Interview Like This”

  1. icky says:

    i like squidoo more, but i’m probably biased as I’ve been following Seth Godin’s blog for a while

  2. richard says:

    Squidoo used to be a great place to write about anything and everything – unfortunately they have now decided that they have gotten toooo big for their boots.

    I have lots of lenses on squidoo and it seems that each and every month, I get a lens locked message.

    At first they wanted everyone and didn’t care what you wrote about, now they have decided that they are too good for internet marketers, get too much money from Adsense, amazon click and purchases etc:

    If you know what’s good for you and your business – find an alternative – Squidoo is on a slippery slope to nowhere.

    18 months ago the site was getting thousands of searches from Google each day – they are now down to around 200 – this is because everyone is going elsewhere.

    Squidoo’s day has come and gone

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