How to answer “Hobbies” questions

How to answer "Hobbies" Questions

Why are recruiters asking this?

“What do you like to do for fun?”

When you’re asked this question, it may be because the interviewer wants to know you as a person better, to understand your passions and your personality. 

Usually a cover letter and resume are formal, so this kind of question can be an opportunity to find commonality, or to test your cultural fit. 

If you’ve researched the person you’ve interviewed with, and you see they’ve Tweeted often about football, then go ahead and your love for the Champions League. 

Or, you can just be true to yourself and talk about your hobbies regardless of ensuring a perfect match. 

Should the interviewer veer toward unprofessional behavior in the context of this question, (“Like, oh we should grab a drink sometime to talk about that.”) you can and should remain professional (e.g. “I would be happy to discuss with you and the rest of the team, in a professional setting.”)

Checklist for a great answer

  • Be real, let your personality show
  • Stay professional (even if they don’t)
  • Be human, people can’t work without fun!

Examples

Well, I enjoy reading non-fiction, particularly mystery novels like Jack Reacher. On the weekends I play football with a local club team. I saw this company posted photos of a charity football tournament last month. Is that something that you do often?

Other similar questions

  • What are your hobbies?
  • What do you do in your spare time?
  • What are some of your hobbies?
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