How to Prepare Better Interview Questions & Answers Using Pod DecksOct 24, 2021
How do you conduct a good interview for a podcast?
Business owners and entrepreneurs that have different ways to reach their ideal target market is leveraging video and content marketing.
Content marketing can be accomplished through blogs, written posts, polls, videos, and more. One type of content marketing that really engages viewers and has higher retention timeframes are podcasts.
What is a Podcast?
A podcast is a form of content that uses audio to share a message, training, or have conversations covering a myriad of topics.
You can listen to podcast episodes at Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Audible, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio, and more.
Podcasters also take the opportunity to reach more audiences by creating video podcasts and collaborating with experts to join them on their shows.
Collaborating with experts in your niche is an awesome way to not only introduce new content topics to your audience but also introduce your show to your guest's audience.
Interviewing someone who can help you give value to your listeners is a great form of content. It can be recorded or via a live stream.
But how do you come up with great questions to ask your guests that don't feel boring or repetitive?
If you are hosting a podcast or a live show and you are bringing on a guest, you need to think of questions that are not commonly asked and are generic.
To get some better ideas for interesting and unique questions, I know of a tool that can help you improve the quality of your questions!
The Pod Decks App
Whether you're using the physical version or the digital version of Pod Decks, the Pod Decks single question card system/app can turn any boring interview into an interesting one!
By providing decks of cards with intriguing questions that excites your audience and are likely questions your guest hasn't been asked before!
Let’s take a look at what’s inside of the Pod Decks App and what they offer in the free version vs the monthly subscription.
Pod Decks Categories
There are a lot of categories inside this app that are known as Decks. To name a few they are:
- Ultimate Interview Deck
- The Hustle
- How Dare You
- Great Inventions
- True Crime
This deck is everything about your favorite gadgets with technology-related questions. There are 70 cards available currently which means there are 70 questions that can be expanded upon and make specific to your guest.
Sample question #1
“Did you ever get excited to buy a new gadget only to be disappointed by it?”
This question is so interesting and I have never been asked a question like this before.
Most of the questions I got about gadgets are:
- “What’s new?”
- "What would you recommend to somebody?”
But no one often asks, "What have you purchased that was pretty much a waste of money?"
If I am going to expound on this question, I would ask, “What is the most expensive thing that you've purchased but was a waste of time?"
Or we can reverse it to, “What’s the cheapest thing that you thought was going to be a waste of money but turned out to be an incredible purchase?”
Now, I have 3 unique questions I could ask that were inspired by one question in this Deck.
Other Sample questions
- “Do you get frustrated by people who are less tech-savvy than you are?”
- “Have you ever done a technology detox? What did you give up and how long did you last?”
The Hustle Deck
This deck is all about the hustlers. Find out what makes successful people tick and share their advice with your audience. There are 104 cards in this deck.
- “What business-related book has inspired you the most? (Or, what is your favorite book?)”
- “If you had no deadlines, what project or task would you focus on right now?”
Use this deck to warm up for your guest or use the questions to go deeper in the interview ocean. This deck is so helpful when you are an introvert like me. It has 155 cards.
- “Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?”
This question can be expounded too. We could also ask, “Given the choice of anyone living in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?” or “Given the choice of anyone who's no longer living in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?”
Other Sample Questions
- “What did your 15-year-old self imagine you’d be doing right now?”
- “When was the last time you felt “lit up”?”
This one can be expounded too. This question will depend on who you are talking to.
The word “lit-up” is a slang word used by the younger generations. If your guest is 50 years old or older, this phrase might mean something different.
The Ultimate Interview Deck
This deck will help you become the interview master. It has 290 cards. You’ll have plenty of ammunition for your next podcast guest with this set of questions.
- “Do you have anything autographed by a celebrity?”
- "What is the one thing you’d be really disappointed if you never get to experience?”
If you are doing a lot of interviews whether you are in the corporate business or an online entrepreneur, a Podcaster or a Youtuber, it feels really weird trying to figure out how to invite someone on your show and truly ask questions that really engage your interviewer but also holds the attention of your audience.
These questions from the various decks within the Pod Decks app are really good, super fun, and interesting!
This app will surely help you take your show to the next level.
The Pod Decks app is really worth buying!