200+ Ice Breaker Questions for Life (Work, Team Building, Virtual Meetings, Events, More) 
An ice breaker question is a question that’s asked from one person to another person in order to act as a conversation starter. It brings a connection between two people and begins small talk that can lead to positive business outcomes. An ice breaker question might be asked from one person to another person at a networking event, virtual meeting (like when working with a remote team), during a team-building exercise, or general conversation needs at work.
A great ice breaker question is usually a fun question versus a deep question. It should be informal in nature and make the other person feel welcome. Ice breaker questions are used when two colleagues are meeting for the first time. During a job interview between the hiring manager or candidate. Or when a new employee is meeting the CEO for the first time. It’s much better to start your conversation with a funny ice breaker than to have awkward silence when you first meet someone.
Playing an ice breaker game can also be great for new employees who are joining the workforce. This helps to spur connectivity between new colleagues and the icebreaker activity (the game) can promote team building and collaboration. This can be done in person or with a virtual team, where attendees are given instructions on how to play with the rest of the team. An icebreaker activity could be to have each member of the team come prepared with an icebreaker question to ask, then have each participant answer.
Funny Ice Breaker Questions
Below are examples of funny ice breaker questions. When asking funny ice breaker questions, remind yourself that in order for them to be funny you should deliver them in an informal way. These funny ice breaker questions are generally considered fun icebreaker questions to ask since they promote a smile and happiness from the other party.
- What is your favorite food?
- What do you think about Justin Timberlake?
- Which sock do you put on first in the morning?
- Who would win in a fight, Joe Pesci or Steve Buscemi?
- Who do you think Brad Pitt is going to date next?
- Are you a nighttime person or a daytime person?
- What do you like to do for fun?
- What would you bring with you if you were stranded on an island?
- If you could be any car, what would it be and why?
- If you had a fake friend, what would you name them?
- If you had five dogs, what would you name them?
- If you were to change your name, what would you change it to and why?
- If you could eat any food for two weeks, what would it be and why?
- What are your favorite records and why?
- What are your favorite movies and why?
- If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, which animal would you want it to be and why?
- What’s the weirdest thing you’ve eaten?
- What’s your favorite book?
- What’s your favorite TV show?
- What's your favorite superhero growing up?
- What’s your favorite movie?
- What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
- What's your favorite holiday tradition growing up?
- What's your favorite family tradition you feel comfortable sharing?
- Which famous person would you love to have dinner with and why?
- What’s your favorite sport?
- What’s your favorite song?
- What’s your favorite band or musician?
- Tell me two truths and a lie.
- What's your favorite smell in the morning?
- What's the worst job you've ever had?
- What's the worst thing you do when you first wake up?
- If your car had a name, what would it be?
- What's your favorite knock-knock joke?
- Which movie made you laugh the most?
- What trap in Home Alone did you like the most?
- What would you recommend someone new to the city do with their time?
- What superpower would you never wish upon an enemy?
- What did you believe as a child that you still believe today?
- What funny thing did you believe as a child?
- What actor or actress makes you laugh the most?
- What actor or actress makes you cry?
- What movie made you cry?
- What movie speaks to you the most?
- What's your favorite romantic comedy?
Mental Ice Breaker Questions
Below are examples of mental ice breaker questions. While you aren’t looking for the candidate to answer the question correctly. You should be looking for them to explain their thought process behind the mental question. These fun ice breaker questions are great for those who are being tested at work (in an interview or during a promotion).
- How would you escape from prison?
- How would you turn a car upside down?
- How would you get a car on a roof?
- How many candy bars could you fit in your car?
- How many tennis balls could you fit in your car?
- How many bricks could you fit in your trunk?
- How would you move a mountain?
- If you were to build a scavenger hunt, what objects would you put inside the hunt?
- How would you increase your internet speeds without calling your cable provider?
- How would you negotiate lower cell phone bills?
- If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be and why?
- If you could change history, what would you change and why?
- If you could fly to anywhere right now, where would you fly and why?
- How would you solve a puzzle if you only had 20-minutes to do it?
- If you were on a deserted island, what five items would you want to have with you in order to survive?
Relevant Ice Breaker Questions
Relevant ice breaker questions are going to jump-start your conversation with a job candidate. Below are fairly common ice breaker questions that you can use to jump into the interview session.
- Who are your influencers?
- Who are your mentors?
- How do you define success?
- What type of company would you create if you could create any company?
- What is your dream job?
- How would your friends describe you?
- How would your coworkers describe you?
- What are some things you would bring to the company?
- How would you improve our job description or online job listing?
- How would you improve our website or homepage?
- What makes you want to get up in the morning and come to work?
- What’s your favorite object in your home?
- Would you go to the woods, go to a beach, or go to a city?
- What inspires you?
- Who inspires you?
- What historical figures inspire you?
- What food would you be and why?
- What meat would you be and why?
- What vegetable would you be and why?
- Can you dance well?
- Can you sing well?
- If you're the best criminal mastermind in the world, what would you steal?
- What band would play at your funeral?
- If you had to write a textbook, what would you write it on?
- Did you do well in school?
- Did you enjoy pop-quizzes in school?
- Did you enjoy the end of the year exams in school?
- Can you tell me about 1 or 2 people who have been particularly kind to you in your life? If they were here, what would you say to them?
- Are there any positive moments or memories from your life that you feel shaped who you are today? Are there any negative events or memories that you think shaped you?
- Of the people you’ve lost in life, who do you miss the most? What is it about them that you miss?
- Can you tell me about the most difficult moments in your life?
- What are you most grateful for?
- Can you tell me about the dumbest thing you’ve ever done?
- Tell me about a teacher or other adult who had a big impact on you growing up.
- What advice would you give your teenage self at this very moment?
- When in life have you felt most alone?
- If you could hold on to one memory from your life forever, what would that be?
- How has your life been different than what you’d imagined?
- How would you like to be remembered?
- For your great-great-grandchildren listening to this 5-years from now: is there any wisdom you’d want to pass on to them? What would you want them to know?
- Is there anything that you’ve never told me but want to tell me now?
- Is there something about me that you’ve always wanted to know but have never asked?
- How would you describe me? How would you describe yourself?
- Where will we be in 10 years? 20 years?
- Do you think we’ll ever lose touch with each other?
- Is there anything that you’ve always wanted to tell me but haven’t?
Ice Breakers on Parenting
People can connect over parenting and start deep conversations that have lasting implications on our philosophy of life and ability to parent.
- When did you first find out that you were going to be a parent? How did you feel?
- Can you describe the moment when you saw your child or children for the first time?
- How has being a parent changed your life?
- What are your dreams you have for your children?
- Do you remember when your last child left home permanently?
- Do you have any favorite stories about your kids during bedtime or to inspire them?
Ice Breakers on Childhood
Recalling childhood can be a great memory for many. But remember, not everyone had a positive childhood that they would appreciate recalling and speaking about to a new friend or colleague. It's best to tread lightly when it comes to speaking about childhood.
- When and where were you born?
- Where did you grow up?
- What was it like growing up there?
- Who were your parents?
- What were your parents like?
- How was your relationship with your parents?
- Did you get into trouble? What was the worst thing you did to get in trouble?
- Do you have any siblings? What was it like growing up with them?
- What did you look like as a child?
- How would you describe yourself as a child or baby? Were you happy?
- What is your best memory of childhood or as a baby? And the worst?
- Did you have a nickname as a child? How’d you get it?
- Who were your best friends? And what were they like?
- How would you describe a perfect day when you were a child?
- What did you think your life would be like when you were older?
Team Building Ice Breaker Questions
These questions can be asked when playing an icebreaker game for teams. To play the game each person should pick their favorite icebreaker and ask the group. A good icebreaker question should be one that promotes collaboration and connectivity amongst coworkers. These questions are great virtual icebreakers as well since they can be answered quickly. The ice breaker activity should be a roundtable format, where each player can answer fast.
- What’s your favorite ice breaker question to ask when first meeting someone?
- Where’s your favorite place to hold a meeting?
- What’s your favorite thing about remote work?
- I’m going to tell you a random question and you tell me what you believe the answer is.
- What do you look forward to most about working here?
- What’s one unique thing you never thought you’d do in your career?
- When you meet a new person at work, what's the first thing you say to them and why?
- On a scale of 1—10, how would you define your team-building skills?
- What is your earliest memory of teamwork?
- Were the Spice Girls a good team?
- What sports team do you think operates best together?
- What fictional team is the best team of all time?
"If You Could" Ice Breaker Questions
Questions to make a supervisor, boss, or colleague contemplate.
- If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
- If you could be one piece of furniture, what would it be?
- If you could visit one place in the world every weekend, where would it be?
- If you could change the world, how would you do it?
- If you could change politics, how would you do it?
- If you could change world hunger, how would you do it?
- If you could speak another language, what would it be?
- If you could be another person, who would it be?
- If you could be one president, who would it be?
- If you could only listen to one song, what would it be?
- If you could only listen to one band, who would it be?
- If you could only listen to one album what would it be?
- If you could only watch one movie, what would it be?
- If you could only watch one TV show, what would it be?
- If you could audition for a TV show, what would it be?
- If you could give your older self advice, what would it be?
- If you could give your younger self advice, what would it be?
- If you could tell your parent one thing right now, what would it be?
- If you could tell your future children one thing, what would it be?
- If you could be one celebrity, who would it be?
"Get to Know You" Ice Breaker Questions
Questions to ask a coworker or colleague to get to know them.
- What's your middle name?
- Where did you grow up?
- What sport did you play when you were younger?
- What's your favorite hobby?
- What do you do for fun on the weekends?
- What do you do for fun after work?
- What's your favorite music to listen to?
- What's the last movie you watched?
- What's your favorite place to go on the weekends?
- Where's the last place you went out to dinner?
"Do You Prefer" Ice Breaker Questions
Questions to ask a coworker or colleague to get to know them.
- Do you prefer the ocean or the mountains?
- Do you prefer the woods or the city?
- Do you prefer listening to music or watching movies?
- Do you prefer movies or TV shows?
- Do you prefer to spend alone time on the weekends or time with friends?
- Do you prefer to relax on Sundays or prepare for the work week?
- Do you prefer cats or dogs?
- Do you prefer summer or winter?
- Do you prefer working out or relaxing after work?
- Do you prefer eating out or staying in?
Work Ice Breaker Questions
Questions about previous work history or the current workplace.
- What's the first job you ever had?
- What's the best job you ever had?
- What do you admire in a colleague?
- What do you admire in a boss?
- What's the worst trait you could imagine to have in a supervisor?
- What's the best trait you could imagine to have in a supervisor?
- What's the longest job you've ever had?
- What moviates you in the morning before you start work?
- What's the most important thing for us to remember at work?
- What's a funny story about one of our customers?
Fun Ice Breaker Questions
Fun ice breaker questions to bring joy into the workplace.
- If you could be one animal, what would you be?
- If you could name your dog anything, what would you name it?
- If you could eat one meal right now, what would it be?
- What's a better game, '21 questions' or 'hide and go seek'?
- Tell me about the first party you ever went to.
- Tell me about a high school experience that defined you.
- On the count of three say one word.
- On the count of three say rock, paper, or scissors.
- Who is your favorite celebrity?
- Who is your least favorite celebrity?
- What's your favorite handshake?
- What's your favorite funny face to make?
- How big is your smile?
Ice Breaker Questions for Kids
Below are ice breaker questions for kids. Kids need to start conversations with one another. And it's best for children to have curiosity and wonder about the world they live in. Ice breaker questions can assist in this process.
- What is your favorite color and why?
- What is better, pancakes or waffles?
- What is better, cookies or ice cream?
- What is something you like?
- What is something you don't like?
- How tall are you?
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- What is your favorite movie?
- What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
- Hot chocolate or ice cream?
- What superpower do you wish you had and why?
- What size shoe do you wear?
- What's your favorite piece of clothing?
- What does your mom do for work?
- What does your dad do for work?
- What's your favorite class in school?
Military Ice Breaker Questions
Ice breaker questions for those who are in the military or armed forces. Or have been in the military and armed forces and are connecting on a new pace of life.
- Can you describe a funny moment you had from boot camp?
- What are some of the things you remember about adapting to military life? Was it hard for you?
- Where did you serve?
- If you deployed overseas, how did you tell your loved ones you were being deployed? What was it like for you?
- How did you stay in touch with family and friends back home while deployed?
- What are some things you remember most about your deployment?
- If you saw multiple deployments, how did they differ from each other? How did you adapt and change?
- Can you describe how you felt coming home from combat?
- What did you learn about yourself while you were deployed?
- What are some of your hopes for the future after being deployed?
- What phrase or word will never be the same now that you served?
- When you were first discharged from the military, what are some things about civilians that were difficult for you to deal with?
- Is there anything you wish civilians understood about military service and what you provided?
- What are some habits you developed in the service that you like? What are some of the habits that you dislike?
- What are some things you miss about being in the service? What are some you are glad to have left behind?
- What has been difficult to communicate with family and friends about your military service?
Community Building Ice Breaker Questions
Communities should gather and decide how their future looks. When this occurs, an ice breaker is a great way to begin the conversation about the future. Or about ways to improve the present.
- What does our community need more of?
- What does our community need less of?
- Where do you see the community being in 5-years?
- Where do you see the community being in 10-years?
- Who is someone in our community who is making a significant difference?
- Would you rather live in a little city or a big city?
- Would you say that you live in the future or you live in the past?
- What's a great way to give back to the community?
- What's a way that would take away from the community and we should be cautious of?
- How can we lower the pollution in our city?
- What's a great way to do something nice for someone you don't know?
- What's a great way to do something nice for someone that you do know?
Deep Ice Breaker Questions
Ice breaker questions that help start a "deep" or philosophical conversation between two people. These ice breaker questions are great for new love relationships or existing relationships where the conversation starter would like to begin an intellectual discussion.
- What's your biggest regret?
- What do you want to do before you die?
- What would you do if you knew you were going to die tomorrow?
- Describe a perfect day for yourself, not for others.
- What makes you feel most alive in this world?
- What gives you hope in your life?
- What life advice would you offer to a young kid?
- What inspires you the most in your life?
- What holds you back from doing the things you want to do?
- How do you show your love to someone else?
- What's your favorite place on earth?
- What do you believe in and why do you believe it?
- What's your take on religion or spirituality?
- What's the most common assumption made about you that's completely false?
- Tell me about your family.
- What are you passionate about? What gets you up in the morning?
Ice Breaker Ideas
Another team building ice breaker idea to have an ice breaker session in smaller groups. One person to another and then every 15 minutes changing hands. As each player asks great icebreaker questions, even when repeated, they learn something new about the other teammate.
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