Interviewers are people. They are excited by interesting people and they are bored by boring people. The top candidate is almost never the person who has the best “technical skills”. It is the person who has intellect, passion, and exciting experiences. I want to hire someone that I would enjoy having dinner with or drinking a beer with.
In my interviews, I always mention my backpacking adventures in Southeast Asia, India, and South America. I always mention my high school debate experience and love of chess, backgammon, and Risk. Interviewers can relate to these experiences, they want to ask more questions about them and hear my stories. These connections and experiences are what ultimately lead to job offers.