Protection Status

Let’s take a closer look at this outline and address each section as you plan for questions like these in an interview.

1 min read
09 Sep

1. Select an idea, activity, hobby or skill you’re genuinely passionate about.

To avoid coming across unenthusiastic or flat, select a passion you can speak about confidently. If nothing comes to mind, think about something you do that makes time pass quickly or something you look forward to doing. It can be as simple as exercising or trying new food. As long as you can speak about it with excitement and knowledge, it will be helpful for employers.

2. Explain why you’re passionate about it.

Take a moment to explain why your answer makes you excited. Ideally, this can be something general that relates back to skills or experience that will be useful in the job you’re applying for. For example, if you’re passionate about cooking, you can connect it back to taking calculated risks, following instruction and being creative. These are valuable skills in any job.

3. Give examples of how you’ve pursued this passion.

Next, explain what steps you take to participate in or advance your passion. If your passion is equal rights for people, for example, you might explain how you volunteer with certain organizations or actively participate in projects for underprivileged communities. This shows employers you’re committed to your passion and are actively working to pursue what motivates you.

You might also include certain applicable goals to strengthen your answer. For example, if your passion is exercising, you might explain that it is your goal to train for and participate in a certain fitness challenge or competition in the next six months.

4. Relate it back to the job.

You should end your answer by relating your passion back to the position and why you’re the best fit for the job. For example, if you’re passionate about writing and are interviewing for a role in PR, there are obvious connections you can make with your skills as a writer. You can also explain that writing takes consistent practice to get better, which is something you bring into your practice as an employee.