First One-on-One Meeting Questions

Use this template to guide the first one-on-one meeting with a new employee to lay a great foundation and start off on the right foot!

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👋 Introductions

Establish a relationship by inquiring into your new employee’s personal life.

What are your hobbies?

What is one thing you’d like to do more of in your spare time?

What do you want to know about me?


Check-in on how the onboarding process is going.

How has your first week been?

Anything that surprised you?

What is confusing or unclear?

Is there anything you’d like more information or resources on?

What can I do to make sure the next 2 weeks are successful for you?

Do you feel connected or disconnected from the team? In what way?

👀 Expectations

List the team expectations and company-wide expectations.

What is your ideal working environment? (e.g., independent or collaborative worker)

What makes you feel valued at work? Undervalued?

Do you have any work-related pet peeves?

What are your expectations from me?

What are your expectations from the rest of the team?

🎯 Goals and personal development

Discuss goals and objectives in the personal development sphere.

What accomplishment are you most proud of so far this year/quarter?

How are you tracking your progress on your goals?

What are your goals for the next year?

What do you see yourself doing in two years? Five years? Ten years?

What obstacles stand in the way of accomplishing your long-term goals?

What support do you need? How can I help you achieve these goals?

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