Lara Hogan is an author, public speaker, and coach to managers across the tech industry. In 2016 she published a list of questions she asks during first 1:1s to build rapport and start the relationship off on a strong footing.
Lara recommends keeping track of the answer in a doc for each person. You can then refer back to them in the future when you need to give a person feedback, recognize them, or support them.
Read Lara's post for more background on why she asks these questions/
Ask how are things going and set the stage for why you are asking these questions.
3. Feedback & Recognition
4. Goals and Support
5. The Wordy Question
Human learning and growth requires the right amount of four things: new challenges, low ego, space to reflect and brainstorm, and timely and clear feedback. How are these four going for you? Is there one you need more or less of?
6. The Most Important Question
Is there anything else that would be useful for me to know at this time?