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Old 02-23-2012, 01:54 AM   #21
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As should be expected, everyone posting so far is pretty much on board with mentioning homebrewing.

As an engineer, it was definitely a decision I struggled with when I was looking. I eventually decided that by the time my interview got to talking about hobbies, I should have a pretty good read on the interviewer. If they mention God or religion, even vaguely, in a science or engineering-related interview, I would be less inclined to mention homebrewing.

But I also decided that if they were going to see homebrewing in a strictly negative light, I wouldn't want to work with them anyway...and they could go suck an egg.

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Old 02-23-2012, 01:55 AM   #22
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Each situation is different, but in general, I would not discuss religion, politics, women, racial topics, or anything that might be considered taboo to any group during the interview. If you want the job, heed this advice.



I'd say any discussion of alcohol would be a bad idea. If you want to discuss an outside interest, pick something completely innocuous, like cooking or running.

Now, if the interviewer brought up homebrewing, that's different. But if the interviewer said "So, do you drink?", the wrong answer would be to go into an excited passionate description of your home brewery.

There's lots of time to let everyone know your passions once you get the job.

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Old 02-23-2012, 01:56 AM   #23
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i never stress about a job. I always think "when they find out what you are doing to the coffeepot, you'll be fired, for sure. and then all this stress will have been for nothing. so don't sweat it."

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I always think "when they find out what you are doing to the coffeepot, you'll be fired, for sure."
PLEASE, explain. I must know what this means.
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i do little things to the coffeepot to relieve the stress at the office. they might not be legal in certain circles or ethical in others- i don't know - i'm not some sort of ethnic lawyer geometrist...
it seems to be working with the stress though - kind of like imagining everyone in their underwear when you have speak in public

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I brought it up once in an interview and they responded with "sweet, we can throw a good party now." They emailed me an offer on my drive home from the interview, so I guess it wasn't anything that was too detrimental...


...I'm still at my old job.

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I didn't mention it on purpose, but when my interviewer and I walked to my car to drive to lunch he noticed the "I brew the beer I drink." sticker on my back glass. And then he saw my copy of Brewing Better Beer and we struck up a nice conversation about it.

I had an offer within 24 hours.

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i do little things to the coffeepot to relieve the stress at the office. they might not be legal in certain circles or ethical in others- i don't know - i'm not some sort of ethnic lawyer geometrist...
it seems to be working with the stress though - kind of like imagining everyone in their underwear when you have speak in public
golden. thanks.
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I did the same thing. We started talking about sports an Hobbies. I didn't however get the job. But I don't think it was because of that. I wouldn't worry to much about it. If you don't get it, I just wouldn't bring it up again lol

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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?
Bad idea. This is the reason why I keep my home brewing out of my face book. You know the first thing they do is to google up your name. You will never know why you didn't get the job or the promotion. People just don't understand, they are ignorant. To them a guy home brewing beer on a week-end = moonshining alcoholic.

If they asked me about my hobbies, I'd say: home emprovement, cooking, fishing.

It's sad, but the real Big Brother is your employer now-a-days.
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