When asking an almost total stranger questions it is best to start off with rather general open ended questions and then to graduate to more personal or private questions if he or she is a possible future friend that interests you.
Also try not to ask questions like a machine gun one after the other but ask follow up questions and offer your own personal information relevant to the question. After a question is answered you can interject words such as interesting, I like that, how nice, etc. to show that you appreciate the response. Discuss relevant things along the way and don’t just act like your only interrogating that potential friend.
Sometimes you can start off with Hi, my name is x. What’s yours? Then start questioning.
Remember, you don’t have to ask all these questions at the first meeting or introduction to a new human because you will scare him or her away by acting like an aggressive interrogator.
What do you do for a living?
Have you always done x for a living?
Are you a local?
What do you do in your free time?
Do you have any hobbies?
How long have you had that hobby?
What does your spouse do?
Do you have any children?
After these few initial questions you can probe deeper with more personal questions.
Do you like your job?
How long have you lived here?
Do you have many friends?
What are your future plans?
What interesting places have you travelled to?
What is your favorite food or drink?
Are you on Facebook or Instagram?
After determining whether they are a potential future friend ask for personal information such as an email or telephone number and use phrases such as- It was great talking to you. It would be nice if we kept in touch. What is your email or cellphone number?
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