Yesterday, an interviewer asked me “Can you give examples of dedication and follow through?” My first, very quick, fleeting idea was to talk about my Pokémon Go hobby. I immediately switched to another idea and instead talked about a work project.
Later in the evening, I wondered if there was a way to take my hobby and turn it into a positive during an interview. I have other hobbies (i.e writing, reading, coaching) that are easy to spin towards the positive. How could I spin a mobile game where I catch little electronic monsters and spar my monsters against other little monsters?
For those that are not familiar with the game: Pokémon Go as defined by Wikipedia gives a great overview. Yes, the game is still very much alive. The community is active on all social media platforms. We are very active in the physical world (IRL) and have very little problem finding each other when it is time to take a gym from a raid boss.
Case in point: when I was finishing my degree in Madrid, I did not have any friends in the area that play Pokémon Go but I was able to find people on the streets gathered for raids. I spent an entire afternoon with one group walking around the city. Pokéstops are often popular tourist attractions, so as we caught Pokémon, they also gave me historical information about the city.
Back to the spin… there are different ways to play and I am not the most hardcore. So, based on my playing style, I can think of the following skills:
- Dedication – I find a spin and a catch practically every day. It does not take me long, only 20 minutes a day but I am dedicated to making it happen.
- Research – I was not a Pokémon expert before I started to play. Now, I subscribe to weekly summaries on Reddit, Google News and BlogLovin’. I regularly research the newest release news.
- Strategy – I use all of my research to determine the strategy that works for me. My goal is to cultivate a strong Pokédex with IVs over 90% in just 20 minutes as a day because I have lots of other stuff to do.
- Collaboration – I like going after the larger Pokémon that can only be gained with a group of people working together. I have a Discord account just for Pokémon Go.
I need to consider this some more but I think there are ways to spin this. Of course, there is also the issue of the audience perception: another post for deeper thoughts.
I would love to hear your comments! How would you sell your hobbies?