The idea of going on a first date can be both exciting and intimidating for most people. After all, it’s a huge step in getting to know someone and figuring out if the two of you are a good match. With the right approach and the right questions, you can set the tone for an enjoyable and successful first date.

To help you make it a success, here are seven essential questions to ask on a first date.

  1. What has been the most memorable moment of your life so far?
    Start off the conversation by asking your date a light and fun question. Knowing what they consider to be their most memorable moment can help you get to know them better, learn some of their hopes and dreams and add a bit of warmth and depth to the conversation.

  2. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
    When exploring your date’s background and interests, this question can lead to funny and interesting conversations. Not only can it make for an entertaining conversation, you can also get a better understanding of your date’s character and see if you share any similarities in terms of your approach to life.

  3. What do you find most attractive in a partner?
    This can be an ideal question to open up a conversation about what kind of qualities your date is looking for in a relationship. And it’s a great opportunity for you to subtly drop in some of your best qualities.

  4. What do you look for in friendship?
    Besides learning more about your date’s relationship aspirations, you’ll also want to learn a bit more about the type of person they are and how they think. Asking your date what they look for in friendship can help you get a better understanding of the kind of bond they want to make with someone.

  5. What is your definition of success?
    Getting a better understanding of your date’s definition of achieving success can tell you a lot about their values and motivations. It’s also a great opportunity for you to share your values and see if the two of you are on the same page.

  6. If you had the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    Do you bond over the same dream destinations? Asking this question can show you how adventurous your date is and if you have any shared passion for travel.

  7. What are you passionate about?
    Last but not least, a great question to ask on a first date is about where your date’s passions lie. Showing genuine curiosity about what your date loves and cares about can signal your interest in getting to know them on a deeper level.

Bonus: What kind of music do you like?
For bonus points, you can try to find out if you both connect over the same kind of music. Not only can it create an entertaining conversation, it can tell you a lot about their taste in music and if you two are compatible in that sense.

By asking questions on a first date, you can get to know your date better, draw out more stimulating discussions and create sparks that’ll light the way for a successful relationship. Going into the date with a few essential questions can help ensure you have an enjoyable time together and get the most out of your date.