dixiecupdrinking wrote:flashback wrote:interesting subject! Guys, what do you think about some of my interests? Should I put them down or is that too weird and I should go with more traditional ones like "travel"?
My interests include spiritual things, such as:
2) also, I am into ancient Egypt and its Gods and Goddesses- not sure how to express it though.
I think "ancient Egyptian history and mythology" would be a solid interest to list—provided that you are prepared to discuss it intelligently with someone who might happen to know a lot about it.
Meditation, I'd probably keep to myself... seems too personal to be conversation-worthy and could weird out certain types of (especially older) people.
I'd think the opposite. Meditation is looked on relatively favorably by most people, and so commonplace as to be unremarkable, but a kind of vague interest in Egyptian mythology is a little strange. I'd phrase it as an interest in ancient Egyptian culture or Egyptology. Meditation + Egyptian Mythology might get some interviewers thinking that you are a pagan or spiritualist or hippie, which could lead to no-offers.
In any case, an interests section is definitely recommended. Half the hiring process is proving that you're competent and qualified, the other half is proving that you're a good fit for the office. An interests section humanizes you and will almost always be commented on in an interview.
The ideal interest is specific, inoffensive, and active. An interest in "sports" or "travel" or "music" is pointless, the vast majority of people enjoy some sort of sport or travel or music, it makes you seem inhuman to just have a generalized interest in those things. An interest in "The New York Yankees" or "hiking the Appalachian trail" or "blues guitar" is better, gives you more personality.