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What types of activities keep you busy, outside of work?

8 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know what keeps you busy outside of the workplace. Having hobbies and interests outside of work is an essential part of maintaining a healthy work/life balance. Talk to the interviewer about the activities that interest you outside of the workplace. Try to avoid activities that may be controversial such as hunting.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I have a variety of hobbies that keep me busy outside of work hours. First, I have two children who are involved in basketball and gymnastics. I also play in a baseball beer league, I volunteer at our community church and like to read."

Admin
Answer example

"Outside of work I love to cook and bake. I have been taking cooking lessons at the culinary school every Saturday. I have learned some cool cooking techniques so far. Sometimes I like to bring treats into the office on Monday so I can share my new knowledge!"

Manager
Answer example

"I am a very physically active person, with a passion for outdoor sports. I love to ski, snowboard, and skate. I play in an adult hockey beer league, as well."

Marketing
Answer example

"Coding and programming are of huge interest for me. I am taking an online course related to coding at the moment. This experience has helped me in my marketing career as well because I better understand the ins and out of the back-end project needs."

Retail
Answer example

"When I am not working, I like to partake in creative writing. I have a fashion blog and take writing classes now and then. It's a great outlet for me and has a small income stream which is helpful."

Sales
Answer example

"I have been in dance since I was four. I partake in a variety of classes such as hip-hop, jazz, tap, and contemporary. It's an incredibly healthy outlet for me and also a great conversation piece with my clients."

Teacher
Answer example

"In my spare time, I do a lot of volunteering in the community. As an educator, I feel it's important that I make an impression in my region by helping others less fortunate. In addition to the feeling of satisfaction, I can be a fine example to my young and impressionable students."

High School Teacher
Answer example

"I have a variety of hobbies that keep me busy outside of work hours. First, I have 2 children who are involved in basketball and gymnastics. I also play on a baseball beer league, I volunteer at our community church and like to read."

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: 01/09/2017
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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