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February Interview Tips

Use your hobbies to talk about skills.

You’re probably prepared for most of the standard interview questions about your professional life, but you should also prepare your answers about hobbies and your personal life to highlight other skills you can bring to the position. If you trained for a 5k or half-marathon, you can use that to show dedication and perseverance. If you lead a book club or charity initiative, that shows both planning and leadership skills. While you should mention industry organizations or activities you participate in, don’t focus only on work-specific hobbies. This can make you seem less well rounded. Most importantly, don’t talk about a hobby you’re not active in to try and appear more interesting or adventurous. You don’t want to be caught off guard by any follow-up questions.