B5. What were your resume’s extracurricular, hobbies, and interests?
85% of MBAs include an Extracurricular, Hobbies, or Interests section. It shows more about your humanity and gives conversation hooks for your interviewer. A few MBAs (15%) do not like this section and did not include it.
There is a lot of debate about what should be in this section. A significant minority of MBAs believe strongly that this section should only be included if you have high achievement or unusual activities; things that show commitment, investment of time, excellence, and/or leadership.
Do you have an Extracurricular, Hobbies, or Interests section?
What topics did you include in that section?
There are a number of topics regularly covered in the Extracurricular, Hobbies, or Interests section.
Did not include this section
Didn't have space for it; wanted the resume to focus on career and used the essays to show personality
Include this section only if you have unusual and strong achievements
Don't have a section right now because all attention is on my work; only include this section if you have strong passions
Did include this section
Help the admissions commitmee to know me as a person; included both unusual activities and examples that people easily related to
People latch on to your hobbies more than your work; sailing, saxophone, and swing dance instructor
Should include talking points for an interview to make you seem like an interesting colleague
The importance of community service
If you made your community stronger, in a meaningful way, then I want you as a colleague
Community service is very important - if you aren't doing any now, get started yesterday