There are a few lists out there of expansive questions you can ask people beyond “What do you do?”. E.g. here.

One I always like is “Are you more like your Mum or your Dad? Is it 50:50, 70:30..? Why?”

Recently I’ve enjoyed asking the question “What’s the story behind your [Whatsapp/ Facebook] profile picture?”

It’s almost always a fairly interesting anecdote which people get happy talking about, and can be a springboard into lots of other interesting topics about a person (travels, hobbies etc.).

Do you have any questions you like to ask?

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