Employers want to look at your resume. They want to know everything about your work history, education, qualifications and skills. But they won’t stop there. Apart from getting to know what you have done, they will want to get to know who you are. Now the only thing that helps them get to know you better by just going over your resume – regarding your personality is your hobbies and interests.
While putting your hobbies on your resume is not mandatory, it’s always good practice. However, this depends on how much space you have left on the document and instead of leaving out important information employers need, you might want to leave that out.
But no matter whether you have your hobbies and interests on the document or not, interviewers will still want to know more. That’s why during a job interview, you may be asked to tell them what they should know that’s not already included in your resume or better yet what’s not so easy to glean from the initial contact.
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The best way to handle this question is to give employers exactly what they need. Just tell them who you are. This sounds easy enough right? Well, it is. You just have to make sure you are being honest and convincing. In fact, above all, you need to be confident and believe in what you are saying. So perhaps you want to tell employers you are hardworking, curious and dedicated in your work. How can you make that convincing? You give examples.
Give Relevant Examples
Storytelling has become more and more important in job interviews. While I am not saying you should tell the story of your life, it’s fitting to refer to some real-life examples that can confirm you have developed the skills or – in this case, the qualities that you have just mentioned. These don’t need to be very long ones, but enough to get the point across.
This is how you would justify that you are hardworking, curious and a dedicated individual:
“I am always driven to work really hard, I like to experiment with new things, I love challenges, and I always like to give 100 percent in everything I do.”
While you are at it, it’s important to refer to relevant examples. Pick some of the qualities employers want to see in an employee by reading the job advert carefully and then find the right justification for each.
Be Aware of Your Body Language
The job interview gives a lot more information to employers than your resume. Since you will be meeting them in person, interviewers will be able to choose whether they believe what you are saying or you have in your resume. While you are ‘selling yourself’ to interviewers, make sure what your mouth says is in tune with what your body language says. Judging from your stance and how confident you come across, employers will be able to tell if you are lying or trying to hide something. So, work on your body language keep your cool and be positive.
Know Your Resume
To give a suitable response to this question, you will need to know your resume inside and out. If you don’t, it is more likely that you will panic and start repeating what you have already said on your resume and this certainly won’t be good. Before you go to the interview, make sure you prepare yourself for this question by going through your resume more than just once.
If you manage to get this question right, you are going to know right away judging from the response of the interviewers. For example, you will be able to tell if your answer was satisfactory if they don’t have any more questions on the same subject, or by just looking at them and how happy they seem to be with your response. Think about it; a smile on the interviewer’s face is usually a good sign.
Employers want to know everything about you. Within the limited time available they have to look at your resume and then conduct an interview with you, they want to get as much information from you as possible. So, don’t just go there unprepared to face employers instead help them help you get the job.
Have you ever been asked this question? If yes, how did you respond? Let me know in the comments section below…