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Questions to Ask in One on One Meetings

  • 12th Jul'21

We often hear people say that Leadership is a quality that makes a common manager an extraordinary path paver. But what's more significant is that Leadership is a big responsibility that challenges an individual to devise new ways to lead and keep people motivated. The time you spend with your team drives them towards their goals with power and confidence.

One-on-one meetings are effective ways to get to know individual team members, their strengths, weaknesses, and aspirations, among others. It lets you see the person inside out, giving him the impression that you consider him valuable. These are the times when you must use the opportunity to question the individual and trace how happy he is at his current position. 


Here are Some Questions to Ask in One on One Meetings:


Generic Questions

This question type signifies an informal approach to know more about the likes and dislikes of your employees and simultaneously can show your credibility as a leader.


1. What are some of your hobbies?

2. What do you think are your weaknesses? Do you take steps to overcome them?

3. How do you strike a balance between your personal and professional life?


Vocational Questions

Here you tend to affiliate the firm's vision with the individual's goals and assess his position.


1. Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

2. What are the learning and challenges at your current job?

3. What are your key skills? Are you satisfied with the work culture presently?


Aspirational Questions

Here are the type of question that helps your employees analyze how far they are from their goals. 


1. How do you manage stress daily?

2. How do you handle critical situations at work? Do you have a recent example?

3. How do you take feedback? Do you feel you are getting a good rating?


Improvement Questions

Here you seek their support in improving your firm and working through their feedbacks.


1. What is your experience working with your team members and team lead? Share feedbacks for some.

2. What are the pros and cons of the work culture here?

3. What is your most outstanding achievement so far?


Actionable Steps

Once you seek answers to the questions asked in one-on-one meetings, you should take actionable steps to work around and make changes to engage your team more. The better the work culture, opportunities, exposure, and constructive feedback, the higher is individual productivity.

As they say it, "Give Value. Give Value. Give Value. And then ask for business. " - Gary Vee


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