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Are Your Interests Interesting Enough?

about 2 months ago by

​The inclusion of a 'Hobbies and Interests' section in a CV is a topic that sparks debate among recruiters. While not universally deemed necessary, many acknowledge that it can inject a valuable element of personality into your CV.

There are several reasons to consider including hobbies and interests in your CV. Firstly, it provides a way to demonstrate additional skills that may go unnoticed in the professional experience section. Moreover, it helps your CV stand out from the multitude of others by adding a more individual and human touch. Beyond mere differentiation, these personal details can serve as potential talking points during interviews, creating a more engaging conversation with prospective employers. Particularly in situations where cultural fit plays a pivotal role in hiring decisions, or when candidates are closely matched, insights into one's personality can make a decisive difference.

However, not all hobbies and interests are created equal, and some should be avoided. Common and generic activities like 'socialising' or 'watching TV' might not contribute much to your employability. Instead, it's recommended to focus on more specific and engaging aspects of your interests, such as delving into the particular genre of films you enjoy.

When determining which interests to include, it's crucial to think about how they might showcase skills relevant to the workplace. Participation in sports, for instance, can highlight teamwork or leadership skills, and involvement in organising events within these activities can demonstrate responsibility and organisational abilities. Volunteering experiences, including charity events or work at soup kitchens, can showcase teamwork, problem-solving, and time management skills.

For individuals with limited work experience, such as school leavers or graduates, the 'Hobbies and Interests' section becomes an excellent opportunity to fill the CV with relevant information. Extracurricular activities, roles, and responsibilities during academic years, such as being part of committees, clubs, or assuming leadership positions, can all contribute positively.

In closing, it is essential to be honest when detailing hobbies and interests, as misrepresentation could be exposed during an interview. Always place the 'Hobbies and Interests' section at the end of your CV, following the comprehensive detailing of professional skills and experience. If uncertain or in need of more guidance, seeking feedback from professionals can be beneficial in refining this section for maximum impact.

If you would like some more in-depth advice or feedback about your CV, please feel free to contact us via info@morepeople.co.uk and any of our recruiters will be happy to help.