Hobbies/ interests are activities carried out regularly during free time for fun, or to supplement one’s income. They could include sports, music, and dance, art, blogging, reading, travel, among others. Hobbies and interests reveal about one’s personality. So why are employers interested in them?
Interviewers might ask about your hobbies if they are interested in hiring you or they could be testing your ability to balance between work and personal life. They also want to gauge whether you are a good cultural fit for the job. They also want to establish if you are the type of person other team members will enjoy working with. Although the employer wants to understand who you are in terms of character, they will not hire you because you like traveling or reading,therefore, the hobbies must display the skills and personalities the employer may be looking for. Therefore, when listing the hobbies, think about how they can affect your performance at work.
Show your people skills. For example if you are the coach of your village football team, such a hobby requires planning, leadership and confidence, which the employer might be interested in. Practicing yoga demonstrates an ability to remain calm and maintain control in all situations. It also shows a mastery of self and a deeper understanding of a person’s emotions. Going to the gym shows how hard you work at your fitness goals to remain healthy and productive at work. Playing chess demonstrates the ability to think strategically. A hobby good for top managers who deal with policy development and strategy formulation.
While it is important to have an impressive resume, be honest, lying about your hobbies could give an employer a wrong impression. You might be challenged to perform tasks you do not understand basing on what you listed as a hobby. Also avoid political and religious beliefs. Your hobbies should be free from any political or religious bias that could annoy, or insult the potential employer.
Therefore, hobbies and interests help potential employers relate to an individual, and also evaluate their character before the actual job interview. They also create an opportunity for a conversation during the interview. Hobbies help the employer to integrate someone into company activities such as sports. However, all the hobbies must be relevant to the job applied for. Hobbies and Interests are additions, they should not be the main subject of the resume.