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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3/8/12

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3/8/12

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

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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.

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.

3/8/12

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

3/8/12
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.

In reply to TOB2020
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.

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...

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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.

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?

3/9/12

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

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.

4/25/12

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"

4/25/12

HAHAHA NEWS JUNKIE

I eat success for breakfast...with skim milk

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

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.

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

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.
5/7/12

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

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.

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

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.

5/11/12

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

In reply to historiclegend
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'.

5/12/12

It may help you or it may harm your chances, right? if you have any reasonable doubt, leave it out.

Being in the world series of poker is definitely an accomplishment of substance. Winning the championship in a baseball league is also of substance. Having the occasional break dance and teaching friends random things has little to no substance.
If your resume is looking empty and you need to fill it up with words, instead of putting those irrelevant interests, why don't you make a list of coursework you've completed. Things that you can back up with documentation.

5/12/12

Lets say hypothetically I had a 2000% ROI in sports gambling, but obviously there would be no documentation, list as sports gambling or sports gambling (2000% ROI/year)

5/12/12

"Sports outcome investing"... lol.

Or perhaps "wagering" sounds better than gambling. But yeah, I would put it. Most ppl in finance aren't going to hold gambling against you, since basically everyone seems to do it. I'd say you're "taking the odds" by putting it down. More likely to run into someone who's excited by it than turned off.

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5/12/12

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