An enjoyable way for people to get to know each other in a new group is for them to interview each other in pairs (A interviews B, then B interviews A) or trios (A interviews B, B interviews C, then C interviews A). When all interviews are complete, each person introduces the one they interviewed to the full group. A suggested opening line is: “I interviewed X and a couple of things that particularly stood out for me about him/her were.....”
It's best if all group members respond to the same interview questions. The following are suggested questions - these have worked well in many groups.
1. If you were to win ten million dollars in a lottery, what would you do with it?
2. Where were you born and brought up?
3. What is your strongest childhood memory?
4. Are you (or have you ever been) married? If so, how did you meet your spouse?
5. Do you have kids? What are their names? Ages? And what is special about each one?
6. What are a your primary hobbies or interests outside of work?
7. What do you do for a living?
8. What do you find most rewarding and/or enjoyable about your present work?
9. What do you find most frustrating?
10. How did you decide to enter the field you are now in?
11. What were the most - and the least - enjoyable jobs you've held in the past?
12. What is your favorite way to relax and enjoy yourself?
13. What are some of your hopes and goals for yourself in the next five to ten years?
14. What are the things that you've done in your life that you are most proud of?
15. Is there anything else in particular about yourself that you'd like others here to know about you?
- What did you reveal about yourself that you hadn't often revealed to people before?
- What surprised you most about what you learned during the introductions?