5 Icebreaker Questions to Connect With Your New Colleagues

When you start a new job, It’s important to try to connect to your colleagues right away. Your colleagues can after all make or break your experience. It’s important for you to get some information about your colleagues to make a connection with people who might be able to help you out later on in your career. The following icebreaker questions can help you to strike up a conversation during lunch or with the person who is onboarding you. 

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Icebreaker Questions to Ask in Your First Week at a New Job to Connect With Your Colleagues

  1. How long have you worked here?
  2. Is there anything I need to know?
  3. What was the most interesting project you have ever worked on?
  4. What’s your favorite restaurant close to the office?
  5. How was your last vacation?

With colleagues, you are often balancing on a tightrope. You want to get to know them but still stay professional, at least in the beginning when you can’t assess what kind of person they are. However, the more comfortable you’ll get at work, it will naturally evolve in you sharing little parts of your private life and getting to know your colleagues better. In the beginning you can already learn a lot about them and your new workplace by asking the icebreaker questions. 

Never forget, people generally like talking about themselves and their accomplishments, you just need to start sharing at some point as well. In the end, colleagues can become friends easily if you have shared interests in your private life. Most importantly though: you are the new person, so you will have to make the effort. So don’t let too much time pass before trying to get to know your colleagues.

Make sure to check out our posts about how to make new friends after moving and how to stay in touch with your network in 2021

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