Open Ended Questions

Using open ended questions in conversations will require a response longer than a single word and can easily lead to a more in depth interaction. Below are some examples of open ended questions that you can ask.

  • What did you do today?
  • How do you like to spend your free time?
  • What do you think about [a news story/sports team/etc]?
  • What do you like and/or dislike about living in ______?
  • What is your favorite [food/restaurant/TV show] and why?
  • What is something new that you learned this week?

  • Tell me about your biggest pet peeves.
  • What motivates you?
  • What do you like and/or dislike about [school/your job/etc]?
  • How did you get interested in [name of hobby or sport/etc]?
  • Tell me about your relationship with your family.
  • What are some things that make you [laugh/smile/happy]?
  • How do you like to celebrate [your birthday/Christmas/New Year's Eve]?
  • What do you like the most about your [job/school/family]
  • What's the most challenging thing about your [life/job/school] right now?

Future Plans
  • What are your plans for the weekend?
  • Where do you see yourself in [a year/3 years/5 years/etc]?
  • What do you plan to do after you [graduate/retire/etc]?

  • What would you do if [you won the lottery/lost your phone/etc]?
  • Describe your ideal [spouse/job/home/etc].

  • If you could change one thing about [yourself/your past] what would you change?
  • What is your most embarrassing moment?
  • What was your [childhood/high school experience/college experience/etc] like?
  • What happened after I left last night?
  • How did you meet [host/mutual friend/signifigant other]?
  • What is your favoirte [vacation experience/season/book/movie/childhood memory/etc] and why?

Also see: 101 Conversation Starters | Would You Rather Questions | Random Conversation Generator

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