Q: I have some pretty adventurous interests, like caving, on my resume–but at interviews, people seem to want to talk about that more than they want to talk about my legal skills. Should I take my interests off my resume?
A: It’s great to have differentiating interests on your resume that draw positive attention and create memorable conversation at an interview. Just be sure that after some initial interchange, you help segue the attention to your legal work…maybe by saying something like: Caving has been described as an individualist’s team sport–and in that way it’s like practicing law. You have to be able to perform but you also need the help of your colleagues. That’s why I like working in concert, so I can gain from others’ expertise and also impart what I know to those less experienced.
You should be ready to speak engagingly about whatever subject–including caving–the interviewer brings up and to advance the conversation in an interesting, pertinent manner. That’s a win-win situation you can enjoy rather than anticipate with trepidation.