Hosting a Live Interview on Youtube

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Volunteers at Rethink contribute by organising Live Interviews with a resource person who has previously achieved a specific opportunity. In this wiki, we detail the interview process, guidelines, steps and resources to host the live interview with the resource person.
To view the list of contributors and lives happening, click here

Interview Process

The first step is locating the resource person/winner of an opportunity whom you'll be interviewing. You need to then email the speaker so that we give him/her ample time to respond back.

Once you email the speaker and confirm a date and time for the interview session, we should be preparing and sharing with them, questions that they will be answering during the live. This is so that they can prepare their responses in advance. Ideally, we shall have 3 to 5 questions along these lines -

  1. About you - what are you doing currently?
  2. How did you know about the opportunity?
  3. Why did you decide to apply to the opportunity?
  4. How was your experience?
  5. Could you go through the application and help us understand how you approached the questions?
  6. Did you have to submit a recommendation letter? If yes, who recommended you?
  7. What is the shortlisting process like after submitting the application? If it is an interview, how was it? What were you asked?
  8. Your biggest takeaway from the entire experience?

Our live interview will happen on a Youtube Live i.e you will have a hangout call with the stream and stream it live on youtube. Once talking points have been emailed, the next step is to send them a google calendar invite for a hangout call.

Here is how you can set up the youtube live. You may use your own youtube account to conduct the live.

On the day of the interview, get on the call and have it streamed live to your youtube account/channel.

When done, an email can then go out to thank the speaker. Lastly, update the link to the interview in the concerned wiki page.


We expect all contributors at Rethink to honour and commit to our guidelines.

  • Keep communication to emails and remain professional in your conduct.
  • Mark (v@r) in cc in your emails with the speaker so that we are included in the loop. This is so that the communication is documented for reference by others and also so that we may chip in and support should you require any help.
  • Be kind, friendly in your conversations with the Speaker.

We are certain that you will not only learn a lot through the process but will also have fun!

Steps to completing the Live Interview

Step 1

Research helps you curate your live interview better and make it more relevant.

Once you have decided on the person you are going to interview, the first step is to understand both the person and the topic of your interview (the opportunity) thoroughly.

Simple research can be done by googling up both the speaker and the opportunity. You should be going through the speaker's LinkedIn profile, Personal Website/Blog for starters. If any news headlines or any videos are available, do check them out as well.

During your research, do note any interesting points you discover that you may discuss during the interview.

Step 2

We have observed that offering the speaker 2 time slots to choose from for the live works well. Our audience being college students, it has also been observed that 7PM to 10PM is a good window for the live session.

You should look to write to the speaker as early as possible. This is to allow them sufficient time to get back to you with a confirmation.

When you reach out to the speaker, try and make your email personal based on your research if possible. This increases your chances of getting a response. You may highlight any common instances between you and the speaker to entertain a response.

You may also share links to previous live videos so that the speaker knows what to expect and what is expected of them.

Since they may be working professionals, their schedule is expected to be tight. Would be great if you can mention that the live would only take 30 minutes of their time, not more :) This will increase the chances of them committing a time to us also.

Step 3

Now that you have written to them, three outcomes are possible. Detailing them and the respective action to be taken.

1. Speaker responds and is unable to do the live interview

If the speaker is unable to do a live interview session, we should be looking to understand why it is so and help them navigate the situation. If it is the time/date that is the problem, you may allow them to pick a time that suits their schedule. If it is their first live session, do offer them enough comfort and confidence to go ahead and do the session.

2. Speaker confirms to do the live

The first thing you should now do is write the talking points for the speaker. Based on the opportunity, the research you did on the speaker, look to draft 5-6 questions that the speaker should be answering during the live.

We should now share the following with the speaker:

  • First, re-confirm the date and time of the live session.
  • Share duration of the live - 20 minutes of speaking and 10 minutes of Q&A
  • Talking points - As in the interview process section.
  • Brief about the Live video format
  • Calendar invite to the hangout call.

3. Speaker does not respond

If your speaker does not respond, follow up on the request. Do remember to keep communication to emails and resist the urge to ping/call them.

Step 4

We recommend that you keep an open line of communication with the speaker over WhatsApp/ Telegram. This is to ping each other in times of difficulty, to check if the speaker is audible, connected and so on. Please do so only with the consent and comfort of the speaker.

Fast forward to one hour before the live. Send across a quick reminder.

  • Request the speaker to have a stable internet connection for the best live experience.
  • Be sure to let them know that they can decide whether to turn on the video or not.

Step 5

When writing the title of the video, be sure to include all relevant keywords (Rethink, Live interview, Name of opportunity, Name of speaker) to improve discovery

When the live is done, first ensure that the title of the video is proper and that the video is listed a public and NOT private or unlisted.

Copy the link of the live video and post it on our Reddit for ease of discovery. The link should be uploaded in the concerned wiki page as well.

Be sure to thank the speaker for taking out time and sharing his/her experience. In your thank you email, you may also share the link to the reddit thread with the link to their live session.


  1. Sample emails for each step
  2. Crafting Talking points for the Live Interview