Employers over the last five years have become more focused on law firm or corporate culture. Teamwork, synergy, playing well with others, and likability are all very real components to getting hired by employers and potential clients. While most people assume all is revealed during the interview process, the peeling of the onion actually begins much earlier.
Hobbies and interests on a resume or LinkedIn profile are not frivolous additions. Used correctly, they can humanize you and attract others. On the contrary, they can also be pitfalls that turn people off. Speaking to and knowing your audience while being authentic are the keys to striking the right tone.
For example, reading the tax code for fun may seem impressive, but it can also raise a question about your ability to fit in with others. Highly cerebral endeavors should be pared with social/artistic items, community service, or athletic interests…and vice versa. A variety of interests hint at relatability and versatility.
Here are a couple of quick examples:
Avid traveler, competitive tennis, reading, civic and philanthropic involvement
Avid runner, wine enthusiast, international travel, civic and philanthropic involvement, and Miami Hurricane Football
Leave out gaming, binge-watching, dog shows, and beer pong. You get the idea.