How do you spend your free time, and where do you like to go?


‘What bởi you do in your spare time?’ is a common job interview question. It is an opportunity for hiring managers khổng lồ get to lớn know more about the person behind the CV.

While there is no wrong answer, how you respond can help sway a hiring manager"s decision. As with all questions during an interview, it’s important that a candidate portrays themselves in the best light possible by taking the time to lớn prepare their answer.

So how bởi you make sure your answers give your interviewer the right impression? We look at some sample answers & ideas to lớn incorporate into your response.

How to answer “What bởi You do In Your Spare Time?”


A good way to prepare for this question is for a job seeker lớn create a list of their hobbies, activities, and interests. Then using the job description, they can match any desired skills to lớn their hobbies. A job seeker should look to highlight hobbies that show relevant skills needed for the role, make them unique và relate back to lớn the specific job’s duties. All information given should also align with a candidate’s CV.

Structure your answer

When a candidate is preparing their answer, they should also explain why they enjoy this hobby, combining a skill that is desirable in the role, và mention a goal in relation khổng lồ the hobby (this shows ambition and commitment).

For example:

‘In my không tính phí time I enjoy reading, when I’m reading, I completely relax và find myself in another world. Reading books helps me creatively when I’m writing. It helps me lớn think outside the box and use my imagination. I’ve phối myself a goal of reading 100 books this year.’

‘Every Wednesday evening, I run with my local running club. Running is something that challenges me physically and mentally which is even more rewarding when you’re doing it as a team. Through sunshine or rain, we always get through our 5k runs, it helps me value teamwork. Going for my run every Wednesday is always something I look forward to & allows me to lớn switch off from life’s stresses & focus on the moment. I’ve mix myself the goal of running the VHI mini-marathon this year, which I’m very excited about.’

‘I am a volunteer with the Simon Community & every Tuesday evening I help with their ‘Soup Runs’. I have been doing this for over two years & I find it really rewarding. I have met a lot of amazing people throughout my time volunteering and every week I look forward to Tuesdays with the team to help those who have found themselves homeless & in need. This summer, I plan to host a fundraising sự kiện to raise money for the charity as they have helped me considerably with the kindness they have shown me as a volunteer during the past two years. I noticed that your company has also been involved with the Simon Community in the past & this was something that pushed me to lớn apply for this position.’


Examples of hobbies to include


If a candidate has experience volunteering, they should incorporate this into their answer.

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Employers are aware of the benefits of volunteering và recognise the initiative & commitment that is required khổng lồ be a volunteer. Volunteering also shows caring & compassionate traits that could showroom value to lớn the team environment. It’s worthwhile for the candidate khổng lồ take time lớn research the organisations CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) initiatives, aligning with what causes are important lớn an organisation could be beneficial.

Team activities

Team skills are important in most organisations. Being a part of a team shows collaboration, dedication, và commitment. Soft skills are a huge plus to employers helping them tick the necessary boxes from the job specification lớn find their perfect candidate. In fact, 97% of employers say that soft skills are more or just as important as hard skills.

If an organisation has a strong social company culture, it could focus on hiring people with strong social skills. A good way of communicating interpersonal skills with the interviewer is for the candidate lớn mention the importance of family và friends in their lives.

Intellectual pursuits

If a candidate is short of hobbies, activities that require brainpower & analytical thinking such as reading, playing chess, or đoạn clip games are also worth mentioning. These activities usually require skills such as problem-solving, strategizing, and critical thinking. Which can all be seen as valuable skills to lớn have within a workplace environment.

What not to say

It’s important for a candidate khổng lồ remember that asking “What bởi you vị in your spare time?” is not an invitation to spend 15 minutes telling personal stories. Be brief & to the point. Remember, the audience is a prospective employer và it’s important to lớn stay on point và not straying from off-topic. A candidate should also only tóm tắt aspects of their life that they’re comfortable with and that are appropriate. Be mindful of the types of information that interviewers are not allowed to lớn ask about, such as religion, sexual orientation, và age. By oversharing particulars which are beyond the remit of a job interview, you could put the interviewer in a difficult place regarding a hiring decision.

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From gardening to clip games, whatever your hobbies & interests may be, use this part of your interview as an opportunity to show off your curiosity, dedication, & creativity. Take your time khổng lồ prepare for this question and highlight soft skills which related lớn the role. As mentioned previously, use the job description to guide you. Keep your answer brief & if possible, relate it back khổng lồ the position and the organisation’s company culture.

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