What do you like to do outside work?

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This is quite similar to the question “What are your hobbies?”.


“What do you like to do outside work” is meant to find out about your personal life and that you do indeed have a personal life.


So, let’s start with the wrong statements to make here.


Any weird hobbies do not need to be mentioned.


Stick to normal stuff and if you have done something amazing like skydiving or scuba diving then this is worth mentioning.


If again you like playing 8 hours of videogames every day then maybe you don’t have to mention that. Don’t get me wrong, we all play some videogames, but excessive is excessive so keep it “normal”.


Even “weird” hobbies can be mentioned but explain why and what you mean. If you are a guy and you say you collect dolls as a hobby and leave it there, then this might leave a strange image of you unless the interviewer asks more questions why you do this.


If you elaborate and say that the reason you collect dolls is because you have noticed that they can be a valuable investment and that there is money to be made with this hobby, then you just made yourself actually look smart from looking perhaps like you were a bit weird.


You should mention your hobbies as this shows the interviewer that you have a personal life as well, that you can relax and enjoy life as well.


But once again, as mentioned in previous explanations to other questions, you can add secret and / or subtle hints at why you are so good.


When you mention that you love playing cricket you should not just say that and stop there. You should explain why you love cricket. Not only does this already show passion but also when you use examples you bring out other aspects of your personality and you are bringing up your strong points.


Conclusion: Think how to answer this question and answer it naturally with examples. It can have a bigger impact on your interview than you think if answered well!


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