Interview Tips

How to Answer: What Are Your Hobbies?

By: Shane Hostetler
Jun 19, 2020 • 5 min read
Image Credits: Photo by Steve Johnson on Unsplash

How to answer:

What are your hobbies?

During the interview process, an interviewer may ask you about your hobbies. This may seem like an unrelated and unimportant question – your hobbies don’t necessarily relate to the job you’re applying for. However, this is a subtle way for the interviewer to learn a lot about you.

Here are some tips on how to answer this question and leave the interviewer impressed:

1. Tie your hobbies to the company

This question is an excellent way for the interviewer to see if you a good fit for the position and would fit into the company’s culture. 

If you are interviewing for a position as a graphic designer, mention your passion for drawing and how you make art on the side. Whatever you are applying for, share the hobbies that make you want to do this as a career.

In the same way, you want to be a good fit for the position, you can also show you are a good fit for the company. Do your research on what the culture is like. If there is a running club or a workout club, mention how you would be interested in that.

Example: I love drawing, and doodling ideas is how I spend a lot of my time. I love drawing by hand and sell art prints online. When I realized I could draw electronically, I knew I wanted to do it for a living. Also, I love to go trail running and saw that the team goes running a lot and would love to join them.

2. Do not say nothing!

Spend time coming up with a few of your hobbies that you want to share with your interviewer before your interview. They want to see that you are well rounded, talented, and outgoing person. The worst thing you can say is you are not sure or do not have any.

You do not want to come across as uninteresting or unmotivated. Just take some time before the interview to think of the things you enjoy the most.

3. Explain how your hobbies affect your life

It is essential to show that you are well rounded and have a lot of things that excited you. It is equally important to show that you have good time management skills.

Make sure the company knows that although you love your hobbies, they are not going to hinder your performance or ability to come to work.

Example: I love running, and I usually go every weekend on Saturday mornings. I also spend a lot of time drawing and making art prints, but that is something I can do whenever I want and is just something I do in my free time. 

4. Show your passions

You do not have to say the most impressive things in the world. You can enjoy reading outside or playing video games. The interview just wants to get to know you and what makes you who you are.

No matter what you say, give an explanation after each as to why it is a hobby of yours. Share why you are passionate, and this will express your individuality. 

Example: I love going thrift shopping and upcycling. Instead of spending a lot of money on finished products, I can spend less and then put my own designer’s touch on my clothes. Also, this avoids fast fashion and helps the environment. 


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