Do you have an upcoming job interview? Check out my example answer to the interview question: “What do you do in your spare time?”
Questions that require a similar answer are: “What are your hobbies and interests?“, “What do you like to do in your free time?” or “What do you like doing outside of work?“
There are two reasons why interviewers ask this interview question. They are curious if you learn and keep up with the industry outside of work AND how you are as a person. Structure your answer based on your genuine interests (show the human side), company culture and the job role.
√ Do promote the conversation between you and the interviewer. Instead of going back-and-forth (question-answer-question-answer), it’s important to talk about hobbies or interests that you are really passionate about. That way, you can enhance the interview experience.
X Do avoid boring and generic answers such as: “I like to travel“, “I like to drink with friends” or “I like to watch series on Netflix“. Without further explanation, these are meaningless to the interviewer. For example, if you like to workout, you can share how many times you go to the gym, if you follow a fitness plan or perhaps you do cardio for an upcoming marathon.