Interests Tier List 2020

Here are my thoughts for the interests/hobbies section on an IB resume. As a prospect, I want to make sure that my resume is as perfect as possible. Although I come from a top target (think Harvard/Wharton/Stern), I am also a transfer from another target (think Cornell/Dartmouth/IU Kelley) and one can never be too certain.

God-Tier Target:
Wall Street Oasis Editor

Super Target (In Order):
NYC / Boston Sports
Powerlifting / bodybuilding

Target (In Order):
Tennis / Surfing / Basketball

Semi-Target (In Order):
Martial Arts
Ultimate Frisbee

Non-Target (In Order):
Swimming / Softball / Volleyball

Not Respected:
Crossfit (Subjective)

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Comments (20)

Most Helpful
May 12, 2020 - 6:48pm

This is actually a pretty solid troll post. I enjoyed the various nuances and references to other popular topics / threads on this site. For example, you put schools like Stern and IU Kelley with Ivies, and you mentioned Chess as not respected, referencing a recent thread around the controversial nature of putting Chess on one's resume.

Overall, good job!

  • Incoming Analyst in PE - Other
May 12, 2020 - 6:58pm

I'll take a stab at this:

God Tier:
jacking off constantly. like leaving meetings to jack off. no one can not respect that.
showing up to interviews in jeans

Super Target:
backstabbing your peers to get ahead in all aspects of life. killer instinct = win deals.
chicken wings. hot buffalo level spice and above only.

slapping people's phones down when they try and take a concert snap/meal snap.
whistling at milfs & Au Pairs

Semi Target:
whistling at smoke shows your own age
hunting big game
splitting wood by hand

non-target (do you even list interests if you're applying to janitor positions?):
IU Kelley

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  • Prospect in S&T - Equities
May 12, 2020 - 7:12pm

This actually has the potential to be a very srs thread. OP can you please break down Fitness, is every form of fitness made equal, does the zumba crossfitter have the same level of prestige as the powerlifter? Thank you

  • VP in PE - LBOs
May 12, 2020 - 7:18pm

Nah everyone I know who put "poker" on their resume in undergrad was a hardo striver who ended up at the "Point 72 academy" before being summarily pushed out and becoming a "personal investor"

May 12, 2020 - 7:17pm

Do you guys want me to make edits to original or just leave it as is?


  • Prospect in S&T - Equities
May 12, 2020 - 7:20pm

Edits please, revisions are required. Interested to hear your take on boxing/muay thai, too aggressive/tryhard or a overall cool alpha dude?

May 12, 2020 - 7:21pm

I think they would definitely have to look the part to not be considered tryhard. Nothing crazy, but a solid V-taper and some calloused hands would definitely help.

Just don't look like this
skinny man


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