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7 Stupidest Interview Questions and What They Really Mean

Jeff Hindenach | GovCentral

5. What Are Your Hobbies?

Why It’s Stupid: On the surface, it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with a job interview. What does fly fishing have to do with accounting? Or running have to do with being a designer? The question seems to cross a line between work and pleasure that the interviewee doesn’t understand.

What It Really Means: The interviewer isn’t trying to pry into your personal life. They are just trying to get a more complete picture of what kind of person you are. How you spend your free time can speak to what kind of employee you are. People who have more creative outside interests might be better suited for a design position. It also gives them an idea of how you prioritize your life, and where your job will fit in.


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