I’m applying for PwC this year and I have an issue with a lack of personal interests for the “additional information” section of the application. I consider myself to be a reasonably able applicant for my chosen department. I have a relevant master’s degree and some relevant employment experience, all of which I can relate back to core competencies listed as important to PwC. The additional information section asks for any thus far unmentioned information including personal interests, travel, awards, etc., which could be of interest during the interview stage. I’ve discussed my studies abroad and so on, so this section isn’t empty.
However, my problem is that I have a basic lack of ‘interesting interests’ that I think could damage my chances. I spend my spare time with my friends doing all kinds of different things; we arrange the odd weekend away, chat for hours and of course throw parties. I read books, go to the cinema, listen to music, and enjoy them all. When filling out the form, though, I suddenly feel like a hobbyless bore. Nothing I do can be twisted into some kind of competency by even the most vivid imagination. I’m inherently clumsy and thus have never been good at any sports, so I just don’t play them.
The question is, am I better off to lie, or is it alright not to have ‘interesting interests’ as long as I prove my abilities elsewhere?