Interview Topics

Here are some topics to contemplate as you approach your life review:

Vital Statistics

  • Full name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Current residence

Family History

  • Family of origin — parents and siblings
  • Parents’ career(s)
  • Other relatives — grandparents, aunts/uncles, cousins, etc.

Growing Up

  • Most memorable moments from growing up
  • Most important people in your life while growing up
  • Memories of school – e.g., favorite subjects and teachers
  • Higher education


  • Significant others
  • Spouse(s)
  • Joys and challenges of married/single life
  • Mentors


  • Name and brief profile of each child
  • Most memorable moments from their childhood
  • Their current activities and relationship with you
  • Grandchildren (and possibly great-grandchildren)

Service and Career

  • Details of any military service
  • Principal career(s) and thoughts regarding career satisfaction
  • Community service


  • Current health
  • Health history


  • Interests in art, music, theater, etc.
  • Interests in sports and recreation
  • Travel
  • Languages spoken

Current Life

  • Current life and activities
  • Most important people in your life now
  • Most challenging aspects of your life now

Looking back…

  • Are you satisfied with how you’ve lived your life?
  • Do you have any major regrets or unfinished business?
  • What accomplishments are you most proud of and why?
  • What would you like your children and grandchildren to remember about you?
  • If you could live your live over, what (if anything) would you do differently?
  • Is there a road not taken that you may still choose to try going forward?

Looking inward…

  • How would you describe the purpose of your life?
  • What are your thoughts on the meaning of human existence, as apart from the meaning of your own life?
  • What advice about life would you offer a young person?
  • Are there other thoughts or comments you’d like to add?