Re: New TECHWR-L Poll Question
And for the latter, listing personal data was (and to my mind
still is) irrelevant. Hobbies and other extras were things that usually turned
up in the interview but didn't belong on a resume of someone who was a true
When I've conducted interviews, I've used questions about hobbies as a way to get candidates talking, or (if I've decided that the person is a possible keeper)as a way of getting past the professional persona a little. But I don't think I've ever arranged an interview on the basis of a person's hobbies.
Obviously, not everyone is like me (or Elna), but having seen things from the other side of the interview table is what made me strike hobbies from my resume. If it isn't relevant to me as an interviewer, it probably won't do me much good as an interviewee.
( Of course, I have a canned answer ready if anyone does ask about hobbies.)
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