How to take advantage of Hobbies and Pastimes in the job interview

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Take advantage of Hobbies and pastimes, you should mention them in a job interview.

In a job interview, you’ll often be asked to mention what hobbies and pastimes you enjoy doing in your spare time. The first step to respond correctly is to analyze the variables that are being presented to you. It’s important that you know what a job interview is, that way, you’ll be able to elucidate the concept “hobby”, and realize if you should or shouldn’t mention certain activities in the interview.

The job interview is the decisive stage in any recruiting process being held by a company, and whether it is to change from your current job or find a new one, you’ll have to go through several steps prior to the event itself, these are a few of them:

  • Collecting information from different sources about possible job openings.
  • Preparing a resume, to enthrone our abilities with the position.
  • Sending in a cover letter to the company.

The efforts you make will be directed towards the objective of being called in for a job interview. Afterward, if you are selected, you’ll be put into direct contact with the employer or recruiter.

The defining characteristics of the recruiting interview are:

  1. It’s performed after analyzing positions inside the company.
  2. It’s uniform for all the candidates.
  3. The interviewers are highly trained.
  4. The hiring decision is taken after completing all the interviews.
How to take advantage of Hobbies and Pastimes in the job interview
How to take advantage of Hobbies and Pastimes in the job interview

Once we acknowledge the concept of “job interview”, we’ll be able to identify what hobbies and pastimes we should actually talk about in this situation. Let’s take a look at the meaning of hobby, and its difference from pastime.

A hobby is an activity, that doesn’t necessarily have to be related to work or professional activities; it’s basically an escape route. Having a hobby helps us relax and cope with the stress work and study can generate. The variety of hobbies existent today are as numerous as the number of people on earth (since everyone can have a different and particular hobby), and adapt almost everything to their way of living, for example, photography, dance, collecting (not hoarding), painting, playing sports, etc.

A pastime may refer to puzzles, mind games, learning new languages, resolution of problems, finding out about new discoveries presented in newspapers or magazines. In a way, this word is associated with the following activities: Sudoku, puzzles, video games, crosswords, error finding, etc.

A hobby or pastime is an activity that entertains, relaxes, and disciplines us, so don’t confuse it with leisure or wasted time. It’s a tool that helps us improve our physical and mental health, stimulating, and favoring our wellbeing. And in some cases, it also helps us develop certain abilities that can be helpful at your job, however, you must determine what hobbies or pastimes you should and shouldn’t mention at the interview.

Take advantage of Hobbies and pastimes in a job interview, mention them in the right moment to enforce and to improve your chances to be hired.

For example, if we’re aspiring to a position as an accountant at a multinational company that specializes in hydrocarbon, and your hobby is related to chemistry, even if it isn’t directly related to your field, the employer will see that you are a person that through its hobby, could easily understand different processes that are being executed at the company. On the other hand, having a sport related hobby, when applying to a position that requires you to be on the field for a long period, can be helpful, as you’ll probably have walk a lot.

However, there are some hobbies that may give the impression of being lazy and messy, like watching too much television, binge eating, etc. therefore, it’s preferable that you don’t mention them. The essential point is to mention hobbies and pastimes that can be helpful in the job you’re applying to.

As you can see, it’s beneficial to have hobbies that complement somehow your work at the company where you want to be hired, and it’s interesting to the employers that you have those self-acquired abilities.  You must analyze what those hobbies and pastimes are before going to the interview, and decide what you want to let the interviewer know, to project the right image to the company.


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