Job Interview Question And Answer: What Do You Like To Do Outside Work?

Posted October 13, 2011, by Josie Chun

This is your chance to give your potential employer some insight into who you are as a person. After all, if they hire you they’re going to be spending at least 40 hours a week with you – so they want to know what sort of person they’ll be taking on board.

In general, it’s fine to be honest about your hobbies and interests – whether that be kick-boxing, attending salsa classes, footy matches or the theatre, building model trains or playing Guitar Hero. If you can demonstrate that you are a well-rounded person with passions and interests, that can only be a good thing. But there’s no point trying to pretend to be something you’re not – just be yourself and show them what an interesting, multi-faceted person you are.

However, it is most definitely in your interests not to mention anything that might ring alarm bells in the interviewer’s mind – such as your penchant for getting trashed several nights a week with your mates, or spending hours playing the pokies every night at the pub. Whatever you do, you don’t want your interviewer thinking that you are an out-of-control or addictive personality – because the chances are that they’ll never call you back.

Here's an example: 

I’m a bit of a fitness freak. I was a pretty keen road cyclist for a while, but after an injury, I’ve switched to long distance running and I actually completed my first full marathon last week! There’s just something about endurance sports that really appeals to me. I love pushing myself and I love pushing my limits.

See our full list of interview questions and answers to help you in your next interview!

Josie Chun

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