Good Hinge Prompts To Use On Your Dating Profile And How To Answer Them
While photos (particularly your main profile photo) will have the single biggest impact on your dating success, bios and questions should not be ignored. An incomplete bio or one-worded answers to questions can signal lack of effort, creativity or sincerity. If you are serious about meeting quality people, don’t skimp on your questions and answers. (Click here to read up on how to optimize you bio).
A good prompt on Hinge can inspire good creative answers as well as responses from potential suitors. An unpopular opinion can stir up good conversation and banter while a bad prompt and answer can offset your good photos. A good prompt can invite an opening to be random, quirky, unique, insightful, bold, humble if done correctly. (For my review of Hinge dating app, check out my thoughts here). For Bumble bio tips, scroll to the bottom.
Here are some of my favorite questions to use on your profile that allow for creativity, randomness, controversy, insightfulness and personality.
I know the best spot in town for –
This shows your knowledge of local hotspots, ability to be in the know, hobbies, interests, lifestyle as well possible compatibility for similar taste.
I’m convinced that –
This allows for some open-ended answers and conversation as well as an unpopular opinion. It’s an opening to be bold, assertive, random.
Dont’ hate me if –
This is one of my favorite prompts. If done well can balance self deprecation and boldness with a possible humble brag.
A life goal of mine –
Shows ambition, passion and priorities. You can take a less serious tone and offer something playful, silly or self-deprecating.
I flip out over –
This provides an opportunity to voice guilty pleasures, trivial obsessions and passions. An ability to nerd out over something obscure is more effective than professing your love of The Office, Game of Thrones or something cliche that offers no insight into personality.
My biggest date fail –
This can show your ability to laugh at yourself but could also be TMI. Self-deprecating humor can show an understated sense of confidence in your own skin if done correctly.
We’re the same type of weird if –
Things can get weird quickly or they can reveal something that is flattering but not obvious. Think hard before answering this but if you are able to nerd out and connect over something you are passionate about, that can be just enough to open the door.
A social cause I care about –
This might be easier to share this part of your life instead of through a cliche selfie/photo. This opening allows for a small humble brag about your unselfish efforts as well as something near and dear to you.
Favorite holiday tradition –
You can definitely play it safe and show you are close to your family and have some great rituals or you can highlight some interesting, quirky traditions that give a glimpse of what one can expect if things go well between the two of you. Helpful if you family is local or lives in a cool part of world, not so much if it is somewhere where you or your partner don’t want to go 1-2x per year.
I’m overly competitive about –
Think carefully about this, answer wrong and you can get instantly instantly ignored. Answer correctly and you may have found your “partner in crime”. By the way, don’t use that term on profile.
Be Careful With These Hinge Prompts
As many good prompts that exist on Hinge there are also also some questions you want to be careful of. Answering a certain way can sabotage your profile or make you seem not so interesting, weird, or creepy. Here are some questions and the ways they can go wrong quickly.
The most spontaneous thing I’ve done –
If it is not that spontaneous or interesting it can make you seem dull. It doesn’t have to be the item that garners the most Instagram likes but something that took courage can be effective.
Fact about me that surprises people –
If it is something obvious or not that interesting nor flattering it can make you seem dull. Some things that are surprising about you might be better suited in person with context, build-up.
Try to guess this about me –
Seems a bit lazy, vague or self-centered. This is one of the worst prompts on Hinge but I like that it remains but it outs people easily through self-sabotaging efforts.
A Shower Thought I had recently had –
Things could get weird quickly, tread lightly. With that said, this is you best chance to be random.
The one thing you should know about me is –
This could be a bit too revealing too quickly. It could also be a warning that makes people think twice or give pause. If you can spin this in a way to be a little silly or self-deprecating you might be better off here.
I’ll pick the topic if you start the conversation –
Lazy, unoriginal. Again one of the worst prompts on Hinge. Glad it exists to out people easily.
The biggest risk I’ve taken –
Make sure it’s risky yet not weird nor wreckless. Injecting some humor here can help reveal that you are not totally stiff.
Something that’s non-negotiable for me is –
Your answer can come off as being too negative even if your match is agreeable. Use some humor when in doubt to reveal a stubborn silly obsession.
You should *not* go out with me if –
Your answer can come off as being too negative even if your match is agreeable. Use some humor when in doubt to see what kind of person is receptive to your sense of humor.
The best way to ask me out is by –
Can seem conceited, high maintenance. Injecting humor helps to soften the blow. Think carefully about this.
Teach me something about –
No one wants homework or assignments. However being honest about something you want to learn more about and are shy i.e. women asking about sour beers can perk up attention.
Qualities I’m looking for in a plus-one wedding date –
You can appear to be prioritizing finding a date so you don’t show up to a wedding by yourself vs actually looking for someone you are are interested in. Be careful how you approach this.
All I ask is that you –
This can come off as having very low standards or expectations. Be creative if you use this. Use some humor or silly request.
I’ll pick the first part of the date, you pick the second –
This can be mighty presumptive and eager possibly. You don’t want to seem to rigid with plans or want to lock yourself into a long date without an out.
I’ll fall for you if –
Some guys might approach this as an engineering feat, if I do X you will be mine. Be more demanding. Be silly here. Most cliche answer: ‘if you trip me’ try harder.
My last meal –
This is as insightful as your favorite coffee drink or place. Unless you get specific or something unique, you might be wasting space here.
Now that you have all the good questions for your bio, make sure you are not self-sabotaging your efforts by having a cliche profile (check out the cliche bingo profile card to see how original your profile is).
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ADDITIONAL READING: A List of the Best Bumble Bios to use on your Profile.