Regardless of if you’re new to the company, or you’ve been there for a while and haven’t had the opportunity to get to know your team members, questions are the easiest way to start a conversation. Unfortunately, coming up with questions to ask people you don’t know isn’t as easy for some as it is for others. Don’t worry just yet! This question guide includes loads of conversation starters that are broken down into three categories. You can use them during team meetings, at a company event, at lunch, and anywhere else you can think of bonding with your team.
If you’re having a one-on-one meeting with a co-worker, or you want to keep things professional and understand more about their role, career path, and working style, these questions are for you.
- What is your role at the company and what circumstances require I come to you?
- Do you have a go-to productivity trick?
- Do you have skills that you’re working on?
- What made you decide on this career path?
- What’s something that has surprised you about the company?
- What tasks do you manage in your role?
- What did you learn from the worst job you’ve had?
- What is your main influence when it comes to working?
- Do you have a pet peeve at work?
- Is there a misconception that other co-workers have about your position?
If you’re looking to understand who a co-worker is when they aren’t at work, there are acceptable questions that you ask. You can think of the questions as ice-breakers that help you get to know someone enough to develop a workplace friendship.
- If you had the chance to be an expert in anything, what is it?
- What’s something that people don’t know about you?
- Is there something that you’ve done, but won’t do again?
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
- How do you like to unwind after a hectic day at work?
- Do you have any advice for your teenage self?
- What do you think the title is for a book about your life?
- Do you have any guilty pleasures?
- Who do you want to play you in a movie about your life?
- Is there anything specific that you like to do on the weekends?
The Fun Questions
Unexpected and fun questions are a great way to kick-start a meeting, or even to close one with a round table discussion. Low-pressure questions are also great to start conversations at workplace events such as Christmas parties or potlucks. These type of questions are especially helpful for those who have difficulties starting conversations with co-workers outside of the workplace.
- Are you a dog or cat person?
- If you had a superpower, which one is it?
- What’s the first concert you’ve ever been to?
- Is there a fictional place such as Hogwarts that you want to visit?
- What is your favorite television show?
- Do you have a guilty pleasure song or band?
- What trend do you secretly hope makes a comeback?
- What’s something that you can’t leave your house without?
- Do you have any irrational fears?
- What’s your most used emoji on your cell phone?
Many other questions can help you get to know your colleagues a bit better, but the above 30 are definitely enough to get the process started. It’s never a bad thing to get to know the people that you work with; you spend a lot of time with them. The standard “what did you do this weekend?” and “the weather isn’t great today, is it?” questions are typical and boring. Use the questions provided to spice up the journey of getting to know the people around you, and have some fun while doing it. You never know what you’re going to find out, and you can learn that you have a lot in common with someone who seems like your complete opposite.