I put, among other things, "Fine English Shoes" as one of my interests. Then I got asked which maker was my favorite on the second interview (the right answer was C&J).
28, got the job, very happy!
Definitely good to have an interests and activities section on your resume, especially if you're just starting out and the company places an emphasis on fit. I actually just got an interview because the recruiter thinks my profile is interesting. You still have to be qualified, but it'll make you look more appealing than the guy who spent all of college in the library.
When you say "has landed plenty of people jobs," is that data? Could you name these people if you wanted to? If yes, awesome, you've got a point. If not, your opinion may be out of date. I volunteer at a job transition center, and we tell people not to bother "applying" for jobs or (e-)mailing resumes to HR, it's a waste of time. I have worked with dozens of job-seekers (whose names I can produce), and most got their jobs from networking, a few from headhunters, and no one from sending a resume cold or applying to something online. Now, reaching out to specific people is very helpful, in particular if you have some sort of a connection, and the resume can help, but leading with the resume rarely pays off.
Resumes need to be one full page, well organized, and well edited. You should never use a generic resume. Always mold your resume to the job you are applying for, steal keywords from the job posting, and make it look very professional. It will pay to invest some time and even money into making your resume. You are trying to sell yourself, you need your resume to make the person reading it say, "I want to talk to this person."
1pg is the general expectation, and people are lazy, so they don't want to do more work than what's expected. A lot of recruiters and managers don't even like to fully read 1 page resumes. They look for certain things, and they move on, so if you've got two (or more) pages, then you've just written more words that no one will read. Most people don't have NEARLY enough relevant information to justify more than one page. Just keep it to one.