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What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know what interests you in your off-time. If you are a part of any organizations, sports teams or clubs, talk about your involvement. Share the role you play and your contribution as well as what you enjoy about it. If you enjoy other activities like writing, hiking or spending time with friends, talk about those too.

This question gives the interviewer a chance to get to know you. They are interested in learning about your personality and what motivates you. If any of your outside activities are related to this position, be sure to talk about them and how they will strengthen your performance in this job.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"In my free time I volunteer at the homeless shelter. I believe in the importance of giving back to my community and helping the less fortunate. It's very fulfilling for me and has given me work-related, transferable skills such as being reliable, offering 'service with a smile,' and actively listening to others and their needs."

Admin
Answer example

"In my spare time, I like to go hiking and biking in the mountains. I recently joined a mountain biking club where a group of us will meet on a particular trail every Sunday morning and ride together. It's a great workout and has been an excellent way for me to meet new friends."

Manager
Answer example

"I listen to a lot of podcasts on leadership, business, and coaching. I listen to one or two per day, which I consider highly valuable training for my future career in management!"

Marketing
Answer example

"In my spare time, I like to write content and manage my blog. I have learned a great deal when it comes to audience engagement and even email automation, by having my blog. Currently, I have over 500 subscribers."

Retail
Answer example

"I love to play around with fashion, styling, and photography in my spare time. My friends often ask me to go shopping with them to help them find stylish clothes. I have a fun fashion-related Instagram account with a couple of thousand followers. It's been a fun past time for me."

Sales
Answer example

"I love to read in my free time and spend as much time as I can doing that. I can be found reading anything from a 19th-century piece of British literature to the latest dystopian fantasy novel. My absolute favorite thing to do is to travel and couple it with reading: on the beach, on the plane, or just read about the cool intricacies of the place I'm visiting."

Teacher
Answer example

"I am currently writing an e-book in my spare time! The book focuses on helping students survive their first year of University. It will include tips and tricks related to writing papers, study habits, and more. It's been a fun project."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 08/28/2016
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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