With the rising numbers of university graduates and an increase in automation and technology replacing humans in certain roles, the competition for jobs is at an all time high. This means the content of your CV is of great significance when applying for those sought after positions. Candidates may refrain from openly sharing information about their hobbies and interests due to fears of creating a bad first impression or if their hobbies are not directly related to the job.
However a comprehensive list of extra curricular interests can help to provide a true impression of what candidates are really like. Some employers may value interests more than others, but with an increased focus on having diverse workforce a varied range of interests is likely to stand out. Different interests can be valuable in showing an employer your versatility and the ease of which you can fit into different environments as well as helping an employer to understand more about you. In some cases the transferable skills and attributes that you have developed with your hobby might even help to make up for a lack of a specific skill set or a gap in your knowledge. The interests part is crucial in enabling your CV to stand out when it's read by people who have no other insight into your personality.
The interests part is crucial to achieving what your CV really sets out to achieve - getting an interview. Don't bet on it swinging you the job but it will get you on the shortlist. Some employers value extra-curricular activities higher than others, but many companies, particularly those in client-facing industries, are seeking as diverse a group of graduates as possible. A wide range of interests always looks good because the employer will want to see that you can fit into different environments with ease. In professions like accountancy, consulting and law, the importance of client relationships means employers are eager to find candidates with a wide range of outside interests. A broad spectrum of interests suggests that you are able to get on with other people from different backgrounds and of varying levels of seniority.