Paid leisure activities… in a CV

With equal competence and qualification, it is often the personality of the candidate and his or her fit with the corporate culture that is decisive. The “hobbies and interests” section of the CV provides an overview of these before the interview. What hobbies should be included for paraître ?

Real leisure, first of all. A lie or a slightly exaggerated passion will do more harm in an interview than good on paper. You don’t have to look at your hobbies outside the office to find a job at rêve ! Just focus on the ones that are generally the most “relevant” to put forward.

Expert consensus: it is above all the link between leisure and the desired position that pays off. Sandrine Théard, recruitment consultant, explains with an example: “A passion for video games, well…, in general, it doesn’t sell very well. But if it’s to apply for a position at Ubisoft, it’s different. »

Basically, these are the hobbies most valued by recruiters.

    1. Competitive sport, at an interesting level – “You know that you are dealing with a person who is capable of fighting, who goes after his or her goals and who has good self-discipline,” explains the counsellor.
    1. Team sports and group activities – It doesn’t matter whether it’s an Ultimate Frisbee league or improvisation: a hobby that suggests that the candidate is a good team player and enjoys it always looks good, as teamwork and collaboration are highly prized in the workplace.
    1. Travel – The “real thing”  ! A passion for travel that boils down to an all-inclusive trip to Mexico every year doesn’t say the same thing as that of a globe-trotting traveler. “A great traveller is generally an open-minded person who knows how to adapt, two qualities that are often valued in business,” says Sandrine Théard.
    1. The arts – Particularly well regarded for a position requiring creativity, the practice of an art such as music proves a certain discipline, even intelligence, according to a study conducted by the University of Neuchâtel among experienced recruiters.
    1. Sharp interests…, and special interests – A candidate who is very interested in a specific literary style or a little-known martial art leaves the impression of being curious and passionate by nature, which works in his or her favour. However, the source of the interest is decisive: a very atypical, even strange passion can give a negative connotation to a candidacy. A collection of beer corks, for example…
  1. The combination of hobbies – Sandrine Théard argues that it is a candidate’s hobbies and interests as a whole that must be looked at to have a distinctive profile: “A candidate who enjoys knitting, reading and drawing has a strong solitary side. A candidate who enjoys playing hockey, travelling and writing shows a certain balance, which is generally more interesting. »
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Please note: the “hobbies and interests” section is not mandatory in a CV. In some cases, nothing is preferable to the truth. Among the hobbies that get bad press, collections, extreme sports, “passions for cats” and their declinations. It’s not a question of repressing these interests indefinitely and living a lie, just to save yourself a little embarrassment before the first interview…

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