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99 Work-Friendly Questions That’ll Spice Up Breaking the Ice

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When you think “ice breaker,” you probably imagine awkward team-building sessions or cringey get-to-know-you questions. But breaking the ice doesn’t have to induce eye rolls! Here’s a comprehensive list of work-appropriate ice breaker questions to use next time you need to spice up your team-building session.

Work-related

  1. What other jobs have you worked?

  2. What’s been your favorite position thus far?

  3. Where do you see your career in ten years?

  4. What’s your dream job?

  5. What’s your best tip for staying organized?

  6. How do you practice self-care after work?

  7. What did you want to be when you were younger?

  8. What’s a job you’ve had that you liked the least?

  9. What job could you never do, but wish you could?

  10. What’s your favorite part of your job? 

  11. If you could have any perk at work, what would it be? 

  12. Do you have a favorite TED Talk?

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Pop culture

  1. Who’s your favorite celebrity?

  2. What book changed your worldview the most?

  3. If you could only watch three movies for the rest of your life, what would they be?

  4. What’s the most recent movie you’ve seen, both at home and in theaters? Would you recommend them? 

  5. What TV shows have you been watching lately?

  6. What’s the most bingeable show you’ve ever watched?

  7. What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?

  8. What celebrity do you not like that everyone else loves?

  9. If you could live in any TV show, what would it be?

  10. What book do you bring along on airplanes?

  11. What’s your go-to karaoke song?

  12. What’s your favorite reality TV show?

  13. Which celebrity was your childhood crush?

  14. If you could be friends with any celebrity, who would it be?

  15. If you had an entrance song play every time you entered a room, what would it be?

  16. Which actor or actress do you think deserves an Oscar but doesn’t have one yet? 

  17. What album could you listen to over and over again and not get sick of? 

  18. What artists have you seen live? Which was the best?

  19. Which musician, alive or dead, do you wish you could see perform?

  20. Have you ever met anyone famous?

  21. What’s your favorite podcast right now? 

  22. What’s your favorite animated movie?

  23. Which celebrity has your favorite social media presence?

  24. Who’s your favorite superhero? 

  25. What’s the scariest movie you’ve ever seen? Funniest? Saddest?

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Sports & games

  1. Who’s your favorite football/baseball/basketball team?

  2. What’s your favorite sport to watch?

  3. Did you play any sports in high school or college?

  4. What’s your favorite board game?

  5. You can pick one game, and if you win, you get a million dollars. What game do you pick?

  6. Who’s the greatest basketball/football/baseball player of all time?

  7. Have you ever been to a professional sports game? 

  8. Which sports stadium has the best atmosphere? 

  9. What’s your favorite unusual sport (bowling, fencing, cricket, etc.)?

  10. What’s your favorite sport to watch during the Olympics?

  11. Which sport do you wish got more attention? 

  12. If you could play any professional sport, what would you choose? 

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Travel & food

  1. What's your favorite place to travel?
  2. What are you the best at cooking?

  3. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

  4. What’s your favorite breakfast food?

  5. Where would you like to retire?

  6. Would you rather spend a month backpacking across Europe or two weeks at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico?

  7. What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?

  8. How do you take your coffee?

  9. What’s your drink of choice? 

  10. Name a food that you can’t fry. 

  11. What’s your least favorite food?

  12. What’s your go-to pizza topping?

  13. What’s the most interesting food you’ve ever eaten?

  14. Which U.S. state is your favorite?  

  15. Would you rather go scuba diving or rock climbing?

  16. What’s your best restaurant recommendation?

  17. If you had the chance to go to outer space, would you go? 

  18. What are your must-have sandwich toppings? 

  19. What’s your go-to takeout order? 

  20. Would you rather live in the city, suburbs, or countryside? 

  21. Have you ever been out of the country? If so, where to? If not, where would you like to go? 

  22. What fictional place do you wish you could visit in real life? 

  23. What’s the most underrated food?

  24. What’s the most underrated place to visit in the U.S.?

  25. What’s your favorite food combination?

  26. What snacks do you have to have on a road trip? 

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The wild card icebreakers

  1. What’s your biggest phobia?

  2. You can have a superpower, but you can only use it once per day. What do you pick?

  3. If you had to spend a million dollars in ten minutes, what would you buy?

  4. If you could commit a crime and get away with it, what would you do and why?

  5. If you could master one skill—singing, dancing, cooking, archery, anything—what would it be?

  6. What’s the best thing you’ve ever purchased?

  7. If you could live in any decade, which would you pick?

  8. Is water wet? 

  9. Are you a dog person or a cat person?

  10. If you had the choice to instantly teleport to one place in time (and back again), where would you pick? 

  11. What’s the number-one thing on your bucket list?

  12. What invention would make your life significantly easier? 

  13. Can you play any instruments? If not, what do you wish you could play? 

  14. What’s your favorite hobby right now? What’s a hobby you’ve always wanted to take up? 

  15. What’s your favorite holiday and why? 

  16. What’s your favorite season? 

  17. If you could become fluent in any language, which language would you pick? 

  18. If you had enough money to never work again for the rest of your life, how would you spend your time? 

  19. If you had an unlimited budget to design your dream home, what big-ticket feature would you include (movie theater, infinity pool, bowling alley, steam room, etc.)?

  20. What’s a random fact that you know?

  21. If you had to give an impromptu 15-minute presentation on a topic of your choice, what would it be and why? 

  22. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would you choose?

  23. What’s your favorite smell?

  24. Describe your ideal day off. 

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By Abbey Slattery

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Abbey Slattery is a writer, editor, and pop culture aficionado, most interested in the world of arts and culture and its intersection with politics. Throughout her career, she has contributed to newspapers, magazines, and websites, but is most prolific on Twitter. Abbey firmly believes in the importance of knowing your desert island movies and ranks Scream, Easy A, and Clue as her top choices. 

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