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Including hobbies on resumes

Including hobbies on resumes

Kate Southam, Editor

Ask Kate: Helen provides some advice from the other side of the interviewing desk.

“Kate, I recently had the unenviable task of interviewing 11 people for two positions with our company. Of the 11, six wore black pants and white shirts, two wore black skirts and white tops, and one candidate wore a black skirt with a black and white top. They had all been on the Net diligently looking at our company profile and repeated the company spiel in parrot fashion.

"Our job ad clearly spelt out the hours of our part time roles. One applicant told me that part time was not good enough for her, she would only do full-time. Why did she bother to even send a resume? Another applicant said she did not like the days offered and wanted to change them to suit herself. Another candidate turned up 20 mins late and said, "f*** the traffic sucks don’t it?"

"Only one applicant had listed hobbies, which helped me make small talk. A friend in HR told me applicants shouldn’t list hobbies because HR people play God and bin resumes of people with hobbies they don’t like. This was confirmed by my local employment office when I rang to check. Does this mean if I list “family pursuits” and the HR person is going through a divorce it will work against me? Disgusting.

"Could you please let people reading your wonderful column know that it’s good to show a bit of individualism in terms of dress and showing initiative in making conversation during the interview. An interviewer wants to see a candidate can think for themselves"