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Old 02-23-2012, 12:10 AM   #1
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Default Bringing homebrewing up in a job interview

At a job interview I brought up that I home-brew when they asked about my hobbies. The job was an associate scientist in a lab so I tried my best to show how much chemistry and biology was involved in the process. Looking back I'm thinking that it might have been a bad idea because to some people it may seem like I am an alcoholic making hooch in his basement. What do you guys think? Also does anyone have home-brew listed on their resume?

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Old 02-23-2012, 12:11 AM   #2
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:15 AM   #3
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Tough call. If interviewer was a beer drinker, you probably scored some points. If a teatotaler, not so much. but I'd have probably mentioned it if ask about hobbies. what's done is done so go have a brew.

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Old 02-23-2012, 12:15 AM   #4
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Seriously, especially if you were applying to a lab, I think it's great! If you just said "I like to make booze in my tub," then sure, they might get that impression. After just a sentence or two, especially highlighting the job skills that you put to use all the time, it should absolutely be a positive.

Heck, I've mentioned homebrewing in interviews that have nothing to do with science, and as long as you describe it accurately they understand it properly as an involved, committed hobby.

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There is some stat floating around that something like 1 in 3 chemists has tried homebrewing.

It shows your passion for science outside the lab, and I think it could only reflect well as long as you stick to talking about the brewing and not the drinking.

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//Would mention it in an interview

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Old 02-23-2012, 12:24 AM   #6
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were you dressed in a tuxedo?

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Yea I brought up things like specific gravity, fermentation temperatures, water pH and basically how the hydrometer works. Wish me luck.

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there is some stat floating around that something like 1 in 3 chemists has tried homebrewing.

It shows your passion for science outside the lab, and i think it could only reflect well as long as you stick to talking about the brewing and not the drinking.

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I had my tuxedo t shirt on does that count? It says classy but still ready to party!

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I would think that it shows curiousness, the ability to self educate, that you think outside of the box, and that you will look for a better way to do things.

I would think, "hey this guy can buy great beer, but thinks he can do better. I wonder what he could do with XYZ inc's wigget formul.

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