This Guest paper was submitted for publication in June 2020.
It is copyright to Donald Fomby.
Published here September 2020.

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Hobbies and School Related | Personal Information | Final Thoughts

Hobbies and School Related

6.   Bizarre or Irrelevant Hobbies

You might think that hobbies are not that important for recruiters, but they are. For a recruiter, having a good understanding of a candidate also means knowing what they like to do in their free time. Apparently, each hobby says something about your personality, which is an important factor when hiring people.

Here are some hobbies and their meanings for recruiters.


What it says about you to the recruiter

Working out in a gym

The candidate cares about their health, is a motivated person

Playing soccer or basketball

The candidate has teamwork skills, is competitive and motivated


The candidate is social and outgoing


The candidate is passionate and creative

Community involvement

The candidate is reliable and has a serious attitude Reading The candidate likes to learn new knowledge

Makes sense, right? As you can see, each hobby has something to say about you as a professional. Still, it might be hard to believe but many people include really bizarre or irrelevant hobbies that make them look bad in the eyes of recruiters. Some of the best examples of such hobbies that I have seen are: "traveling in time," "celebrity research," "watching reality shows," "eating," "going out while the kids are at my parents'," "collecting stamps," and "being awesome."

However, the "best" one is: "working"!

Putting hobbies like these is a big mistake because it makes recruiters cringe, and they are completely useless for evaluating your personality.

7.   Anything Related to Your School

Unless you're a fresh graduate, leave everything that makes you look like an entry-level project manager. This includes the year of graduation, the grade point average, or a price or grant you won while being a student. This information doesn't have a lot of value for the recruiter because it doesn't affect your performance. On top of that, it can hurt your chances to get hired by making you look like an amateur.

Instead, you should focus on your work experience and professional qualities that are relevant to your job.

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