How I Got Here Podcast - Preparing to Guest Record
How I Got Here is a free career advice podcast focused on telling the story of successful leaders in the tech, consulting, and banking industries. Our audience consists of recent college grads & early-career individuals looking to learn about top employers, different job functions, and job search advice for how to get an incredible job (like yours!).
To help you prepare to sound your best, I've prepared two sections below on optimal audio quality and examples of common questions on the show.
Find a Quiet Space (and Grab Headphones)
- Pick a time to record. Once you schedule a time to record, you'll automatically be sent a calendar invite with more details. If you need to reschedule, there's a link in the event invite with a calendar with other time slots.
- Upload your headshot. Please share a high resolution headshot (at least 2,000 x 2,000 pixels preferred) that can be used to promote your episode by uploading the file here.
- Test Zoom. We'll be using Zoom to record, which you can join by laptop/phone or by telephone dial-in. If you want to test your connection in advance, just visit http://zoom.us/test to join a test meeting.
- Webcam. To get the best video quality, make sure there's good lightning in the room by sitting with a lamp or window in front of you. The camera on your laptop works perfectly. Try to avoid holding the device with the webcam, where video may be shaky.
- Find a quiet space. Try to minimize background noise. It'll make for a better recording and keep you clear from distractions.
- Internet connection. Connect to fastest internet connection that you have available. An ethernet connection is awesome, but if not, connecting to wi-fi near your router can work too.
- Microphone. Using headphones is best so that your microphone doesn't pick up an echo. If you have a podcasting microphone, feel free to use it. However, don't worry if you don't have one—even the microphone that comes with an iPhone is better than recording without a mic.
Examples of Questions
Here's a few examples of questions that we often cover on the podcast. If there's a question that you don't want asked, that's no problem! Just let me know before we record.
The best part of podcasting is that everything is edited, so feel free to stop at anytime, take a breath, and start your answer or story over again.
- When you were a child, what did you think you wanted to be when you grew up?
- What in your life makes you feel inspired?
- You have 24 hours in any city in the world. Where would you go? What would you eat there?
- How did your parents & childhood shape who you are today?
- How would your parents describe what you do for a living?
- What’s the most important thing you’ve learned in your life? What was your life like before learning it? What was your life like after learning it?
Your Job Search:
- What's the one thing you wish you knew when you started your career?
- Many people think that job searches and networking are frustrating... to the point that they want to give up. Why do you think people feel that way?
- What's a mistake that you've made or seen others make in a job search?
- Tell me about the process behind the scenes that helped you get your last job offer.
- What's a common myth about getting an incredible job, like at [YOUR COMPANY]?
- What's one thing that's unique about working at [YOUR COMPANY] that you didn't expect?
- What advice would you give to someone looking to get into [YOUR INDUSTRY]?
- What's something that you've failed at recently? And what did you learn?
- What are you curious about right now?
- What are the best resources that have you helped you along your career?
- What should I ask you that I didn’t know enough to ask?
- Where can our listeners connect with you online?
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your journey, lessons learned, and advice for our audience of Young Professionals.
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