Interview Question and Answer “What do you enjoy doing outside of work?”

Interview Question and Answer “What do you enjoy doing outside of work?”


Interview questions are asked to uncover a particular skill, quality or experience from the interviewee. The reason why many job applicants fail during the job interview is because they don’t understand what it is the interviewer wants to hear.

To answer this interview question “what do you enjoy doing outside of work?” which is often asked in apprenticeship, school leaver and low salaried jobs, for employers who don’t require experience, is to talk about an activity, such as volunteering, that has given you relevant skills and qualities desired in the job role.

In this article we have broke down what the interviewer is looking for in a perfect job interview answer and to help you create the perfect answer we have recorded an example answer



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Interview Question:


What do you enjoy doing outside of work?



Explanation of the Question:

This is sometimes asked as an opening question to get you talking and to calm your nerves, a lot of people answer “Socialising with friends” “Playing on my computer” “Taking my family on day trips”. Whilst these are valid and honest answers they do not really bring anything to the table that is special, that makes you stand out. If you can say that you volunteer you will be guaranteed to impress! Although this should be truthful! You can apply to volunteer in any area you like, ideally in a position relevant to the job you are applying for. Volunteering is seen as a positive activity by all employers; you only need to volunteer once or twice a month and when you can answer this question with

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Example Interview Answer

“Currently I’m volunteering for Oxfam, I really get al lot out of helping others. Whist volunteering I have learnt to communicate with people on all levels and I have improved my customer service skills, both face to face and over the telephone”

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