A Surprising Question That May Come Up In Your Next Interview

November 14, 2017

Career Advice

When you walk into an interview, you’re all business. So when a personal question gets thrown your way, it can really throw you for a loop! This type of question can come in many forms, like:

  • What do you do for fun on the weekends?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • What was the last book you read?

Why the heck would someone ask you these kinds of questions? It’s because they want to see what kind of person you are outside of the office. After all, you’ll be spending a ton of time with your new coworkers so getting a glimpse into your personal life can be really eye opening.

It can also be a great chance to show off some skills that may or may not have come up in the interview. For example, maybe you’re apply for a very analytical job but it turns out you’re a photographer on the side. That’s super interesting. And it shows that you have a creative side, which could be very helpful to the position you’re applying for.

Or, maybe you run a side business or take on a leadership role with a volunteer organization. Those types of hobbies showcase your dedication, ownership, and time management skills among other things. Perhaps you’re a part of an intramural sports team. It shows you work well with others and lead a well-balanced life.

So, before you walk into your next interview, think of a few “fun facts” about yourself that will help make you a memorable candidate. After all, no one is all work and no play–even though interviews can make us feel that way!

Image via Peter Miller/Flickr.

About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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