Life Lessons - We also have a section that is a collection of questions designed to help dig deeper into life situations. They are geared toward life’s most common and most uncommon events. Some of them are humorous while others are some of the most serious and important topics in life.
Below is a list of 25 question designed to break the ice in a business environment. These questions will help you make inoffensive smalltalk and get to know the people you are working with. This is suitable for sales calls, interviews or meeting new coworkers.
Business Small Talk 101 - 25 Questions to start small talk in a business setting
Where did you go to school?
Where did you work before your current Job?
How did you start working for your current employer?
What motivates you?
What do you like about working for your current employer?
What would be the easiest foreign country for you to make a living in?
What monthly bill do you think is the best value for the money?
What was your first paying job?
Where else have you lived?
If you had an extra hour every day what would you do with it?
How has your education prepared you for your career?
What investment opportunity do you feel sorry you missed out on?
What is your favorite College Athletic team?
Did you ever work at an on campus job? What was it?
Who was your favorite teacher?
What subject do you wish you had paid more attention to in school?
What are some of the perks of your job?
In what ways are you a nerd?
Have you ever won a trophy?
What was the most memorable class you have ever taken?
What was some good advice that your father gave you?
Who do you work with that you really respect?
What is the best thing to get to eat near work?
How is your commute into work?
When have you been lucky in business?
Where was the last trip you went on?
During a job interview with a U.S. company is in not advised that you ask about family, religion and politics. The theory is this could open up and area of contention and potential make the company vulnerable to a discrimination lawsuit. In stead of asking about family it is permissible to ask “Do you have any pets?” This will inevitably lead to a discussion of spouse home and kids.
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