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April 20, 2024

10 Engaging Icebreaker Games and Questions for Onboarding New Hires

Discover the top 10 icebreaker games and questions designed to make onboarding new hires fun and engaging. Help freshers build connections and feel at ease with effective and creative activities. Perfect for creating a welcoming and cohesive team environment on their first day!

Onboarding Games And Icebreakers For New Hires

New hires or freshers at work are nervous about your first day at a new job. You could use some icebreakers to get everyone on the same page and create a positive work environment. Icebreakers for new hires are a great way to break the ice among new hires. It's also a fun way for your team to get closer with your new teammates!

Icebreakers are a great way to start conversations with your new hires.They help break the ice, have them make new friends, and give them something to talk about. They are also a great tool to get fresher employees to introduce themselves to new people. They allow new hires to get to know each other and feel comfortable with their senior colleagues. They are a great way to avoid awkward silence and help freshers create a connection with their team. 

28 New hire Icebreaker Questions

It's not hard for new hires talking But sometimes, all it takes is a random question like "Can you recommend a good pie recipe?" to get the conversation started. Here is a list of the best icebreaker questions to get freshers to get freshers to talk and build conversations in the team.

  1. Would you rather be invisible or be able to read minds?
  2. What is the most interesting thing about your name?
  3. What is your biggest goal for the year?
  4. If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?
  5. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
  6. If you could know one fact about the future, what would you want to know?
  7. What was your favorite toy as a kid?
  8. If you were famous, what would you want to be famous for?
  9. What was the best vacation you’ve ever gone on?
  10. If you could have any one superpower, what would it be?
  11.  What’s a book you love the most?
  12. Who do you admire most in the world? Why?
  13. What is the best white lie you told to save a friend?
  14. What is the most stupid thing you have done in school.
  15. What is the best and worst gift received?
  16. If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?
  17. Where is the last place you traveled to outside of your country? Where would you like to go next?
  18. What is something you hate doing?
  19. Who would win in a fight, Superman or Spiderman?
  20. How much money do you think you'd need for the rest of your life?
  21. Which living person do you most admire and why? (could be a politician, sportsperson or any other kind of personality)
  22. Name three websites you go to on a daily basis and why they're important to you.
  23. -What is your biggest fear? What do you do when you feel afraid?
  24.  If you could go back in time and meet one person from history, who would it be?
  25.  What do you value most in a friend or a colleague?
  26. What's something about you that people would be surprised if they knew?
  27. What's the last book you read?
  28. What was the biggest risk of your life so far, and what did it teach you?

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5 Ice Breaker Activities Or Onboarding games For New Hires

Here are some onboarding icebreakers games for new hires that you can try at your office to get freshers more comfortable with their team:

  1. Two Truths and a Lie

Two Truths and a Lie is a classic icebreaker that gets everyone talking. Everyone starts with two facts about themselves, and one fact they want everyone else to guess. For example: "My favorite colour is green." One person guesses green, then another person guesses red, then another person guesses blue, etc. The goal is to see how many people can guess your truth before you reveal it!

  1. Paper Bull's-Eye

The best way to impress your new hires at orientation, is to get them to tell you the answer to this question: "If you could be any animal, what would it be?" The answer to this question usually takes some thought and effort on the part of your new friends, but more often than not, they will come up with something that impresses you and makes you laugh.

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  1. Catch Phrase

The catchphrase icebreaker game for new hires is easy and fun. Here is how it works. A word or short phrase is written on a piece of paper, then folded in half. The first person picks up a half-folded paper piece and says their favorite line from a movie or TV show. The next person says their favorite line from another show or movie and so on until everyone has had a turn saying their own favorite line from some other source. Once everyone has had a chance to say their own favorite line, fold up the papers again into halves and pass them around again until each person has had two chances to say their own favorite lines.

  1. Key Punch

In this icebreaker activity, participants will be divided into teams and have the task of collecting keys in a numerical sequence. Each team will be given five attempts and a 30 minute time frame to touch the numerical spots at the fastest pace possible.  Only one team member can be in any given spot at a given time. If a group member goes out of order or touches a number twice, the entire group has to bear the brunt of penalty.

  1. Drum Jam Session

Drum Jam is a fun way to break down barriers and release energy. Each person in the crowd is given a large percussion instrument, such as a Djembe. The audience uses their hands to pound on the drums to the rhythm, becoming one with the music. The beat of the drum fills everyone with energy and passion, making it easy for everyone to work together as a team.  As the beat picks up, so does everyone's level of enthusiasm and involvement.

To sum up

Icebreakers are a great way to make everyone involved feel comfortable and get them to start interacting with each other. Remember that these icebreakers for new hires are intended for a short meeting, so don't expect them to last more than 30 minutes. Also keep in mind that you might want to change the language depending on the location. The most effective icebreakers for new hires are the one that takes them out of their comfort zone and has a meaningful, lasting impact on each individual. The idea is to get them comfortable with their coworkers and the company so that they can have fun together and be more productive.

 Bonus: If you are struggling to organize engaging team building  or fun icebreaker games for your new hires. Partner with us to strengthen teams in your organization with the help of fun and engaging team experiences that are catered to your team goals and needs.

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