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Interview Questions

For Intergenerational Conversations

CHILDHOOD AND SCHOOLDAYS

  • When and where were you born?
  • Where did you live during your childhood years?
  • What is your happiest memory of your childhood? Your saddest memory?
  • What are your favourite childhood memories of food?
  • What are your favourite memories of family celebrations?
  • What are your fond memories of family holidays or outings?
  • What games did you love to play during your childhood and teenage years?
  • What was a hardest moment of your life?
  • What is the proudest moment of your life?
  • What are the important values that you have learnt from your parents or grandparents?
  • Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
  • What are the hopes and dreams for your future?

SCHOOL DAYS

  • What were the names of your school/s? In which years were you studying there?
  • Describe your feelings on your first day of school.
  • What was your favourite subject/lesson in school? Why was it a favourite?
  • Who taught this subject?
  • What are your fondest memories of your school activities?
  • Describe your proudest achievement in your schooldays.
  • Who were your favourite teachers? Why were they your favourite?
  • Who were your best friends? What did you use to do together? Do you still keep in touch with your best friends?
  • Share your happiest or an unforgettable memory of your schooldays.

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY

  • How did you get to know your wife/husband?
  • Where did you use to go to for dates? How did you propose?
  • Where and when was your wedding held?
  • Describe the wedding traditions that you observed?
  • Where did you live after the wedding?
  • How many children do you have?
  • What are some of the favourite activities and outings for you and your family?
  • What were the happiest moments? What were the most challenging moments?
  • What does your family mean to you?

CELEBRATIONS AND EVENTS

  • Share about a traditional festival or event that your family celebrate.
  • When do you celebrate this festival or event?
  • What traditions are observed by your family observe during this festival or event? What do these traditions mean to you?
  • What special food dishes does your family prepare? Who prepares them? How are they prepared?
  • Is the celebration done differently now? How is it different?

OCCUPATION

  • How many jobs have you had since you started work?
  • What were they?
  • Which was your first job? When did you start work at this job?
  • How old were you then?
  • What did you do in this job?
  • What was the pay like in those days?
  • What was your workplace look like?
  • Can you describe your bosses and colleagues?
  • What were some of the most interesting or memorable incidents from your working life?
  • What are important lessons learnt in your work life?
  • Who has been the biggest influence in your work life?

LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT

  • How do you spend your leisure time?
  • What type of entertainment did you enjoy when you were growing up?
  • Where would your family or friends go to for entertainment during your growing-up years?
  • What movies do you remember watching?
  • Where did you go to for movies?
  • Can you describe the places or cinemas where you watched these movies?
  • What do you remember of your first TV set?
  • What television programmes do you remember?
  • Where did you watch these television programmes?
  • Which were your favourite radio stations?
  • What radio programmes do you remember?
  • Who were your favourite TV/radio personalities?
  • When do you normally listen to these programmes?
  • What type of music did you enjoy in your younger days?  When compared to now, has your taste in music change?

THE PLACE WE USED TO LIVE IN

  • Can you describe the neighbourhood where you grew up?
  • In which years were you living there?
  • How did your family come to live there?
  • Describe the house where you spent your growing up years. Who else lived in the house?
  • What other members of your family lived in the same neighbourhood?
  • Who were the prominent personalities in your neighbourhood?
  • How was the relationship between neighbours?
  • What did the neighbours do for a living?
  • What kind of gatherings did you have with the neighbours?
  • When did you move away from this place?
  • Why did you have to move?
  • Who were your closest friends in your growing-up years?
  • What games did you use to play? What other activities did you use to do together?
  • Which were the favourite hangout places for you and your friends?

THE PLACE WE LIVE IN NOW

  • Where do you live now?
  • How long have you been living here?
  • Who do you live with?
  • Why did you choose to live here?
  • Describe what the neighbourhood was like when you first moved in.
  • What were the outstanding landmarks?
  • What are the new iconic landmarks now?
  • What has been some of the significant changes in this area over the years?
  • Are there particular eateries that you love? Which are the well-known or popular eateries?
  • Which places do you frequent most in the different stages of your life eg. adult, teenage years, etc.
  • What are your happiest memories of living here?
  • What are the significant moments of your life here?
  • What makes you proud to be a resident here?

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