Questions

I detest polite conversations that tell me nothing about you other than your name, occupation, and place of origin. What follows is a list of questions that help get to the more interesting facets of personalities – use them everywhere!

Questions I’ve come up with myself

  • What’s the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
  • What have you created recently?
  • What do you often think about before you fall asleep at night?
  • When was the last time you cried, and why? Was it due to laughter or sadness?
  • A meteor is going to land on top of someone on earth and kill them, and you have to choose who it lands on. Who? No terminally ill people, yourself, or dictators allowed.
  • You wake up on Saturday with no plans and no obligations. What do you do with your day?
  • Describe from sunrise to sunset what ‘the perfect day’ would entail for you.
  • Your friends all pitch in and somehow manage to hire the musical artist/band of your dreams to perform at your upcoming party. Who is it? (alive or dead variants)
  • You’re in the midst of a busy day when one of your appointments falls through and you find yourself with exactly one hour of free time. What do you do with it?

Questions I’ve found from the web (Namely from Eric Barker)

  • What’s the most unexpected thing you’ve learned recently?
  • If you could call yourself five years ago and had 30 seconds, what would you say?
  • What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
  • What is the first moment you remember in your life?
  • What is the best question anyone has ever asked you? …and how did you answer?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how happy are you with your life? What would make it a 10?
  • How will you make this world a better place than when you came into it?
  • When you die, what do you want to be remembered for?
  • What would you do with your time if you could afford to quit your job?
  • If all jobs paid the same, what would you be doing?
  • What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
  • Are you doing what you thought you would be doing when you were growing up?
  • What are your greatest regrets, and what might you change about them if you could?
  • Someone gets a text message from you, and for whatever reason they’re not sure it’s actually you. They’re worried that someone may have stolen your phone. What could they ask to make sure it’s really you?
  • What is the craziest belief (the one that fewest educated people will agree with) that you hold?  Why do you believe it?
  • What would you do if you were homeless?
  • Who are you when no one’s watching?
  • Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
  • Would you like to be famous? In what way?
  • Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?
  • What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?
  • When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
  •  If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?
  •  Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.
  •  For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
  •  If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
  •  If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?
  •  If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future, or anything else, what would you want to know?
  •  Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?
  •  What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?
  •  What do you value most in a friendship?
  •  What is your most treasured memory?
  •  What is your most terrible memory?
  •  What does friendship mean to you?
  •  What roles do love and affection play in your life?
  •  How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most other people’s?
  •  Complete this sentence: “I wish I had someone with whom I could share…”
  •  Share with an embarrassing moment in your life.
  •  When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?
  •  What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?
  •  Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?
  • What do you wish we were talking about?