Guest Interview Questions

The Seasoned Homemaker

Below is an outline of questions from which we will work to conduct the interview. I may not ask all of these questions, but these are the ideas and topics I would like to explore in our conversation. 

 

 

Welcome (to be added in post-production)

Allison will give brief welcome and introduce guest.

 

Guest Intro 

Tell us a little about who you are today, then we will go back and trace your homemaking story from the beginning. 

(Here you can include things such as family info, career info, hobbies, etc. Your reply should be just about a minute or so).

 

 

 

Beginnings and Homemaking 101

 

  • When did you first become a homemaker?

  • Were you thrown head-first into the deep end or did you have some training in the art of home? Who did you learn from (people and resources)?

  • For which skill did you have the steepest learning curve? examples…cooking, cleaning, organization, nursing, time management, budgeting, last-minute science projects

Homemaking Balance: Resource Management, Special Challenges, and Expectations

 

  • Did you work outside the home? What challenges did that present? Benefits?

  • How did you get it all done? (Schedules, lists, goals and priorities)

  • How well did the day-to-day reality of homemaking match your expectations?

  • What is a special challenge you faced in your homemaking journey and how did you working through that challenge to adapt and grow?  What is one thing you are thankful for about that challenge? (Some examples of challenges: financial struggles, infertility, having to work part or full time, special needs child, caring for an aging parent, health issues, etc.)

 

Homemaking Hospitality: Cultivating an Atmosphere of Welcome and Belonging

 

  • What is one practical way you show hospitality in your homemaking? (to your family and to others)

  • How does homemaking help build healthy community?

 

Homemaking Seasons

  • What was your most difficult transition from one season to another and how did you cope? For example; moving, first baby, parenting teens, empty nest, retirement, etc.

  • What does your homemaking look like in this season you are in right now? How are you still challenging yourself to grow and learn as a homemaker? 

 

Q & A Homemaking Tasks: rapid fire/quick answer just for fun

 

  • One you love

  • One you hate

  • One you grew to love

  • Worst homemaking fail

  • One memorable homemaking achievement

  • Your Top 3 Homemaking Tips 

 Your best tip re: cleaning, laundry, organizing, scheduling, budgeting, cooking, baking, grocery shopping, nursing, family vacations, parenting teens,                 parenting toddlers, homeschooling…the possibilities are endless. And it doesn’t have to 

 be long or complicated. 

  

 

The Art of Home:

  • How do you see homemaking as an art?

  • How do you find beauty in the midst of work that can feel mundane and monotonous?

  • Why is gratitude important in the home and how have you seen it improve your experience as a homemaker?

Homemaking Support:

  • Women need one another. What are some ways you were able to foster community and support as a homemaker over the years? (ie, playgroups, book clubs, sewing circle, Bible study, etc.) 

  • What word of advice or encouragement would you give to younger homemakers? (A mistake to avoid, an opportunity to seize, etc.)

Bonus Content: Christmas

 

The final season of the year will be a mini-season all about Christmas.  The episodes will release, 1 per week, every Wednesday in December before Christmas.  These episodes will be a compilation of short holiday segments from each of the women I interviewed during the year.  

 

After the main interview, we will record a brief holiday segment using the following questions as guidelines.

 

  • What does a typical Christmas Day look like at your home? (Who is there, what are you eating, etc?) And do you have a special recipe that you always make at Christmas?

  • Did you and your household have special holiday traditions? (Caroling, gingerbread house competition, working at a soup kitchen, cutting your own tree, sending Christmas cards…etc.)

  • Holidays are hectic.  How did you maintain balance in this busy season?

Click PDF icon below for a printable version of Guest Welcome Packet, including questions.