3/8/12

Would the following be okay to put under interests? To me, what I'm putting down sounds incredibly stupid, granted it's true, but still...

Interests: Baseball; News Junkie; Fantasy Sports; Movies; Non-fiction books

Essentially, I need more things to put in my interests, I'm also interested in politics, but I'm worried that might come across poorly on a resume...

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8/14/11

Umm, things that you are actually interested in are a good thing to put on your resume. If you like sports, put it. If not, don't. If you don't have any other interests, what difference does it make?

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11/19/11

If your not interesting, your just not interesting. Quit wasting time thinking of interest that should be relevant and make your own.

3/8/12

What the hell is fantasy sports

4/10/13

No...they can't

"Look, you're my best friend, so don't take this the wrong way. In twenty years, if you're still livin' here, comin' over to my house to watch the Patriots games, still workin' construction, I'll fuckin' kill you. That's not a threat, that's a fact.

8/14/11

anything where you have achieved something.

11/19/11

use stuff from the Dos Equis commercials

3/8/12

Good interests are those that you have a genuine interest in.

"Rage, rage against the dying of the light." - DT

4/10/13

This is sad

8/14/11

You are trying to make up interests to make your resume look better?

Come on now. Its not going to make or break a resume. Just put what you're interested in.

11/19/11

Collecting Happy Meal toys.

3/8/12

Take off "Non-fiction books". Also I would replace "News Junkie" with "Current Events". If you're listing "movies", then you better be a fucking aficionado because everyone likes movies.

4/10/13

Animal husbandry

There have been many great comebacks throughout history. Jesus was dead but then came back as an all-powerful God-Zombie.

8/14/11

What interests do seem relevant? High stakes roulette in Monte Carlo? You can always put '[alma mater] sports' and 'exercise' like everyone else

11/19/11

Ok, so would anything about being a sports fan be okay to put down?

3/8/12

Dont be afraid to put what your actual interests are. But be specific and don't sound stupid. If you really like serial killers you might wanna refrain from mentioning that and opt for "abnormal psychology" or something... But in most cases be more specific than less. And as for fantasy sports... I was baffled how often I was asked the "who was your best pick and worst pick in fantasy football this year" ...most dudes play in a league and will love bullshitting about it.

4/10/13

The pic, only WSO...

The HBS guys have MAD SWAGGER. They frequently wear their class jackets to boston bars, strutting and acting like they own the joint. They just ooze success, confidence, swagger, basically attributes of alpha males.

8/14/11

My interests section lists my love of anime, my top 50 US WoW guild, and my master's level Zerg.

11/19/11

Think of everything you are interested in

Filter with the following

Does it sound douchebaggy to put on a CV - Includes Helping disadvantaged kids, cooking (sadly for me)

Does it sound generic: Local flavour of the month sport team - no ability specified. Could you put this even if it wasnt true.

Does it have any chance in hell of stimulating a conversation/icebreaker: Test, whenever you mention this to people do they react or move on.

if passes all filters, include.

3/8/12

if you cannot have a non-awkward conversation about your interest for at least five minutes then dont list it

4/10/13

You know they can quiz you on your interests, and you can dinged for lying. Just put down whatever the fuck you're generally interested in. If it's necrophilia, write it.

I'd rather work with a "chess grandmaster" than a lying sack of shit.

4/10/13

determined_m-effer:
You know they can quiz you on your interests, and you can dinged for lying. Just put down whatever the fuck you're generally interested in. If it's necrophilia, write it. .

huh

Dirk Dirkenson:
Shut up already. Your mindless, reflexive responses to any critical thought on this are tedious. You're also probably a woman, given the name and "xoxo" signoff, so maybe the lack of judgment is to be expected.
8/14/11

Swedish super-models.

11/19/11

Poker is good for S&T, obviously only if you can follow up and know what you talk about

3/8/12

^ this.

4/10/13

What interests do think are the coolest to put on a resume?

You probably can't go wrong with "music" and "chess".

"My caddie's chauffeur informs me that a bank is a place where people put money that isn't properly invested."

8/14/11

Sports cars, yacht racing, golf, chess

11/19/11

do you practice sports??? If yes, I am sure it would fit well...say you play (insert sport)....

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3/8/12

People put interests in their resumes?! Really? Even after college with no real world work experience I was able to fill out 1 page with solid information and not have "interests" on there.

4/10/13

Trance & Risk 2210.

3/8/12
TOB2020:

People put interests in their resumes?! Really? Even after college with no real world work experience I was able to fill out 1 page with solid information and not have "interests" on there.

AFAIK, most people recommend putting down a few interests at the bottom... makes it easier to connect with your interviewer, and have a real conversation. It can also help make you not seem like a 1-dimensional finance robot.

8/14/11

Put stuff you are actually interested in, sooner or later someone who reads your resume will have the same interest and you will really hit it off with them. Putting interests like "stocks" or "financial markets" is idiotic because everyone is interested in those things and because they are not discussion starters.

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11/19/11
  1. getting laid
  2. getting paid
3/8/12

Obviously I'm putting down things in which I have a genuine interest. Just wanted to see what was generally considered acceptable...So essentially anything that doesn't make you come across as a Sociopath and that you can converse on for at least 5 minutes...

4/10/13

Skydiving

8/14/11

how about starting with the truth.

11/19/11

Be specific about which sports.

3/9/12

Pretty much anything thats socially acceptable and are generally excited/knowledgeable about works. If you put books or reading, you probably should have specific titles and be ready to be asked about them. Fantasy sports is good too obviously if you play.

4/10/13

OP, you have more to worry about than your 'interests' on your resume.

8/14/11

Knitting, cooking, cleaning, laundry, interior design, gardening.

11/19/11

This post makes me hate you.

3/9/12

I guess I should follow up and ask how many activities is a good amount, that way I don't have to feel like I'm reaching. Would 3 be okay? Or does that look like too little on the resume?

4/10/13

Crossdressing but in a good way

11/19/11
eriginal:

This post makes me hate you.

LOL :)

8/14/11

put something you can actually talk about.. otherwise you will get dominated in an interview when you "like" sports but dont know shit to talk with the interviewer about

11/19/11

I've found that being as specific as possible tends to stimulate conversation and helps you distinguish yourself. For example, instead of "travel", say "eastern european travel"...

3/9/12

i think sarging is good and the interviewers usually go out with you to test your skills

4/10/13

Ballin'.

8/14/11

Collecting handcrafted dildos of various shapes, sizes, colors and ornamentation, from all over the world.

11/19/11

Hip-hop music and race relations.

Reality hits you hard, bro...

4/25/12

Use interests only if you need to fill an empty page. Don't put irrelevant information. Every word needs to earn its way onto a cv.

4/10/13

Golf?

''You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the ones you need to concentrate on.'' -- President George W. Bush
0.5 bb

8/14/11

Lying

11/19/11

As my good friend Kenny Powers once said; Why give 100% when 35% will get you paid and laid.

Just throw the usual stuff up there, but be specific;
Travel= SE Asia looking for boys
Sports= Referee for womens lingerie football leauge.
Cooking= Epic Meal Time-like cooking. Every man loves BBQ and bacon.

CNBC sucks

"This financial crisis is worse than a divorce. I've lost all my money, but the wife is still here." - Client after getting blown up

4/25/12

I have "participated in the World Series of Beer Pong three years in a row, achieving the quarter finals in two of the three years"

4/10/13

Uhm no

go home

Get busy living

8/14/11

Tits.

That should get your resume some attention.

On a more serious note, I agree with all the above in saying that you should put something you're actually interested in and that you could actually talk about. Don't put anything that can be viewed as pretentious though like French Impressionist paintings or shit like that, that's practically an auto ding right there.

People like Coldplay and voted for the Nazis, you can't trust people Jeremy

11/19/11

Good ones are things you actually do. I swear I burn every resume that lists photography.

4/25/12

HAHAHA NEWS JUNKIE

I eat success for breakfast...with skim milk

4/10/13

For fun the most interesting things I've seen at the bottom of the resume (yes not that important) were the following.

1. Professional eater (seriously guy actually made money eating for a living before, no we did not hire him)
2. Guy had a medal from war (not Purple Heart) yes we needed up hiring him
3. One girl put down that she spoke 7 languages... An analyst of mine spoke the same language so I had him talk to her in the language she was fluent in... She could not understand a word he said, Nexted
4. Another good and interesting one was a guy who was a professional racing horse trainer in his past, solid resume lost in the last round though

That's off the top of my head

4/10/13

WallStreetPlayboys:
For fun the most interesting things I've seen at the bottom of the resume (yes not that important) were the following.

1. Professional eater (seriously guy actually made money eating for a living before, no we did not hire him)
2. Guy had a medal from war (not Purple Heart) yes we needed up hiring him
3. One girl put down that she spoke 7 languages... An analyst of mine spoke the same language so I had him talk to her in the language she was fluent in... She could not understand a word he said, Nexted
4. Another good and interesting one was a guy who was a professional racing horse trainer in his past, solid resume lost in the last round though

That's off the top of my head

What made you hire the guy with the war? As in what pushed him above the rest of the competition?

4/10/13

DaisukiDaYo:
WallStreetPlayboys:
For fun the most interesting things I've seen at the bottom of the resume (yes not that important) were the following.

1. Professional eater (seriously guy actually made money eating for a living before, no we did not hire him)
2. Guy had a medal from war (not Purple Heart) yes we needed up hiring him
3. One girl put down that she spoke 7 languages... An analyst of mine spoke the same language so I had him talk to her in the language she was fluent in... She could not understand a word he said, Nexted
4. Another good and interesting one was a guy who was a professional racing horse trainer in his past, solid resume lost in the last round though

That's off the top of my head

What made you hire the guy with the war? As in what pushed him above the rest of the competition?

The thing is it's not like his interest and or war badge got him the job but it helped.

It was between him and one other candidate. Very similar profile same experience, same level of prestige for education etc etc.

However if you've got a medal from war, have really done something that is painful and can prove it well that shoves you slightly above the rest.

Certainly did not choose him solely because of it.

Example assuming same candidate:

1. Hobbies are watching sports and travelling
2. Completed 3 iron mans and finished in the top 10...

I am much more confident number 2 will at minimum grind and work hard

11/19/11

point of interests is
1) you hit gold and the other person likes the same stuff as you, his day and your chances both improve, even better if there is some excitement around that thing at the office (if you play bball and the junior guys have a weekly pickup game, unelss you are a dick the cultural fit part becomes much less of a problem)
2) you show the ability to make non-generic small talk even though your interests diverge, which is what 90% of the time will happen with co-workers and clients, at least until the relationship gets built
3) you do something really cool (like DJ) or tough (like MMA) and get some respect for it, and your chances improve

So put stuff down that is 1) widely liked such as bball or poker 2) easy to talk about/expected (tennis/golf/sailing/hiking/mt biking) 3) awesome, funny or hardcore (more hit or miss, I would ask 10 people what their reaction is, and if more than one is negative, don't put it down)

I wouldn't put down being a fan, because its passive. Travel is similar, unless you've done truly extraordinary stuff, at which point I'd put down the stuff as an other experience.

4/25/12

But all joking aside, I have "two way petting zoos" on mine..great convo starter

I eat success for breakfast...with skim milk

4/11/13

lol

11/21/11
monkey2525:

What are some typical interests you all use?

redheads

Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor. -Dr. Alexis Carrel

5/1/12

I'd recommend avoiding overly-generic and/or common interests too. I've seen "travel" as an interest on more resumes than I can count, for instance.

4/11/13

Pimpin'

I hate victims who respect their executioners

4/11/13

BlackHat:
Pimpin'

It ain't easy but its... necessary?

Dirk Dirkenson:
Shut up already. Your mindless, reflexive responses to any critical thought on this are tedious. You're also probably a woman, given the name and "xoxo" signoff, so maybe the lack of judgment is to be expected.
11/21/11

Porn

I eat success for breakfast...with skim milk

5/1/12
  1. Interests should be interesting. Art, scotch, wine, sailing or something I can ask questions and learn more about.
  2. If it's generic like running, make sure you put a marathon / half marathon time, so they know that you're not just filling space. Or traveling, maybe say that you've been to 5 out of 7 continents.
  3. Also make sure it's an actual interest. Last year, I saw movies / cinema on someone's resume. So I asked him if he had any movie recommendations, and he said "Ugh... I really liked the new Transformers movie." Ding
4/11/13

skinny skiing and going to bullfights on acid

5/1/12

News junkie? Non-fiction books? POLITICS?

DAFUQ?

The HBS guys have MAD SWAGGER. They frequently wear their class jackets to boston bars, strutting and acting like they own the joint. They just ooze success, confidence, swagger, basically attributes of alpha males.

4/11/13

sponsored snow skier

10/16/13

bump

5/7/12

What kind of question is that? LMAO are you not interested in anything... Write w/e you are interested in holy.

4/11/13

Lol I wrote four hobbies on my resume and only one wasn't brought up during interviews.All of them are somehow actually "dull" from different angles.

10/20/13

I agree with what a lot of people have said. I think you should put interests that are good conversation items
Good examples are;
- training for a 5k/10k or any other athletic challenge
- taken any courses for cooking/language/dance/etc.
- volunteered with any organizations/charities
- collecting something (stamps, coke memorabilia, etc.)

5/7/12

Generally the more specific, the better.

I had tons and tons of questions about poker. It seems 90% of finance professionals play poker, so its a fun thing to talk about. Plus it conjures up images of Vegas, which is generally more entertaining than thinking about capital structure decisions in some bland interview room. But if you put it down, better know what you're talking about because a lot of these guys know the game pretty well.

4/11/13

I had incredibly generic interests, was asked about them once every 4 SA interviews on average, and had no problem getting offers / coming off as a social person.

5/8/12

How did you put poker on your resume? I played a ton online up until third year uni...I also played in a WSOP event the year I turned 21

4/11/13

lol great question

but to answer your question: anything illegal is 'cool'

5/11/12

I just put a snippet in the "Interests" section at the bottom. I had played a WSOP event as well so I think I put that. Interests are generally just there for conversation starters which is useful either after they've already determined that you're qualified to get the job and want to see if they could work with you, or after they've determined you're definitely not qualified and just want to kill time.

4/12/13

Ones that you can actually talk about. I had one interviewee put "Portuguese wine tasting" as a hobby, but he went into full-blown panic when my wine snob MD asked him what his favorite red casta was.

5/11/12

how about sports gambling.. does being a "gambler" look bad?

4/12/13

Laser tag

5/11/12
historiclegend:

how about sports gambling.. does being a "gambler" look bad?

I know someone who had poker listed as an interest on his resume, and it worked out fine (he was applying to be a trader, if that makes a difference).

5/12/12

do you guys thnk I should write BREAKDANCING?

Some of the older guys say they grew up during the 80s when it was popular so they understand.

Other people say I should try to be as waspy as possible - breakdancing paints a negative picture as a hoodlum

I also had a friend who was asked to do a backflip during his interview. He got the job. Except I can't do one.

5/12/12

is TEACHING as an interest lame? Somebody yelled at me on WSO for writing teaching as one of my interests. I really do enjoy helping out my friends/ teach others about stuff.

5/12/12

Just write something you are genuinely interested in and so if they ask you about it or quiz you on it you can answer them fluidly without looking like some tool who just chose interests that 'look good'.

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