1:1 Question Bank

1:1 Question Bank
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The team at First Round did a great job compiling and sharing a list of questions for 1:1s that span five categories:

🤔 Self-reflection

Block off time before your 1:1 to work through questions like these on your own.

  • What did my report do well this past week? What do they need to work on? (Keep a running list that will come in handy during performance review season).
  • Do all of my 1:1s feel a little awkward?
  • Do my reports regularly bring their biggest challenges to my attention?
  • Am I giving feedback often enough?
  • Does the person I'm managing feel invested in your company or team goals? Why should he/she be? Have I clearly explained the vision or goals, and his/her part in achieving them?
  • Does he/she feel as if I've got his/her back?
  • Do I know what motivates him/her?
  • What am I offering vs. what am I expecting? Is what I'm offering good enough, or can my employee do better elsewhere?
  • Does my direct report understand what he/she is supposed to do? How to do it?
  • Does he/she have the right training, right scope, right authority, right resources and enough time to do as you need?
  • Does he/she know how important my ask is?
  • What does he/she need from me or other colleagues?
  • How well do I understand what he/she is trying to learn and why?
  • Is he/she encountering bottlenecks? Are those localized or systemic? If they’re systemic, do I need to address this bigger picture?

🔍 Identify some topics:

  • Where's your head at?
  • How are you feeling?
  • What’s top of mind for you right now?
  • What priorities are you thinking about this week?
  • What’s the best use of our time today?
  • Last time we spoke you said X was challenging for you, how’s that going?
  • Complete the statements: The reason for this meeting is… or This meeting will be successful if…

💡 Understand the issues:

  • What does your ideal outcome look like?
  • What’s hard for you in getting to that outcome?
  • What do you really care about?
  • What do you think is the best course of action?
  • What’s the worst-case scenario you’re worried about?
  • What has energized/challenged you in your role/project?
  • What are the things you’ve done since you joined you’re the most proud about?
  • How happy were you this past week?
  • Which part of your work is most fun? Least fun?
  • What area are you most satisfied with? Least satisfied with?
  • What’s the split of your time today between X/Y/Z? What would you like to spend more/less time on?
  • How do you go about prioritizing your work?
  • How productive were you this past week?
  • What are the biggest time wasters/savers?
  • What’s harder than it should be?

🎯 Develop long term goals:

  • What are your long term goals?
  • What skills do you want to improve?
  • What is the area that, if you made an improvement, would give you the greatest return?
  • Who in the company would you be excited to shadow/learn from?
  • What parts of the business would like to be more involved in or learn about?
  • What are your top 3 priorities this quarter/sprint? The team’s? The org’s?
  • Are there any meetings you feel you should be a part of that you’re not?

🙌 Deliver better support:

  • Is there anything you'd like to ask or highlight?
  • What can I help with between now and the next time we meet?
  • What can I do to make you more successful?
  • What was the most useful part of our conversation today?
  • Does this feedback resonate with you? Why or why not?
  • What feedback do you have for me?
  • If you were me, what would you do differently?
  • What’s the next step? How should we track or capture this?
  • How do you feel about the amount of feedback you’re getting?
  • What are 2 things that I can do differently or improve? What could I start or stop doing?
  • What questions do you wish I would ask?