The top 5 questions to ask on an interview:
By asking great questions, you will separate yourself on an
What are you looking for in a person for this
What would success look like in a year?
It sounds like you are looking for someone that
can ……………. Is that correct?
Do you have any reservations about me as the
person for this position?
I would love to be a part of your team and I
want this position. What do you think?
12 Steps to getting a Coaching Interview
Have a plan- Where do you want to Coach? What
are your skills? What can you do better than someone else? Where can you add
value to a program?
Make a list of all your coaching jobs &
relevant experience, then list what you were responsible for in each position
and what you accomplished.
If you don’t have experience, volunteer! Everyone loves free labor!
Resume needs to be a summary of what you were
responsible for & what you accomplished and only 1 page. Ex. As the
Offensive Coordinator, increased yards per game by 42%, from 290 to 415.
Marketing Plan- Target 20-30 schools. Notify
everyone that you are looking for a new opportunity. Don’t be shy or embarrassed. Network!!! 70% of all jobs are filled through
networking. Be clear in what you are looking for.
Create a LinkedIn Profile with a professional picture;
keep it consistent with your resume. Your heading needs to say that you are
currently pursuing opportunities as an …… (Look at other profiles of coaches in
Create business cards with your LinkedIn address
on it, your new title and your skills.
Network with AD’s, other coaches, Principles,
Presidents, groups, friends, alumni, associations, old coaches, and former
Student-Athletes. Pick up the phone and start calling!
Ask for recommendations on LinkedIn and keep
references separate from your resume.
your references & get letters of recommendations.
Cover letter -your cover letter needs to be
personal and tailored to each job you apply. State when you will follow up and
Create a Job Search Productivity Chart. Go after
your target schools and track your progress. Most openings aren’t posted to the
public. Mail or hand deliver your resume. Getting a job is a FT job!
The Second Biggest
Interview Question……For Coaches
Why do you want to coach
the make or break question and how you answer it is critical in you getting a
job offer. However, there is an underlying
theme here. The school still wants to
know what you can do for them and how you can add value.
be positive in your answer and you must communicate your passion for this
to break down your answer into three parts.
What do you admire about the school?
Student-Athletes, People, Reputation, Leadership, Facilities, Commitment, etc.
What will you learn? Opportunities
for growth, develop current skills, building something very special, realize my
full potential, etc.
How I can add value? “Job
specific needs”, Graduation Rates, Add Boosters, Develop Student
Athletes, Expertise, Solve a Problem, I can bring a winning viewpoint, etc.
Ex. I’ve admired XYZ School for a long
time. You have a 1st class
organization. Your Schools values are something I really
believe in. I’m excited about being part
of a (winning) team that I can continue to grow and build something
very special. I believe I can add value
immediately by implementing my training program and as I just learned, I can
contribute with the fundraising as well.
don’t get hired based on an interview.
However, you won’t get hired based on a poor interview!