Top 10 Interview Questions in Athletics

By Dr. Howard Gauthier


Bruce is working hard to prepare for his upcoming job interview.  This is the first real interview he has had since he graduated with his master’s degree in sports management.  To help with his preparations, Bruce decided to get away from the distractions of home and go to a local Starbucks.  At. Starbucks, Bruce grabbed a cup of coffee, a table in the back of the store, and spent the next two hours reading and preparing for his interview.


As he read through a book on career development, he uncovered the top 10 questions that are asked in an interview.  These 10 questions include:


  • “Walk me through your resume” or “Tell me about yourself”.
  • What are your strengths?  Weaknesses?
  • What is your management style?
  • Why do you want to leave your current position?
  • What is it about our institution that interests you? (Why do you want to work for our institution?)
  • What can you bring to our institution?
  • What is the purpose of athletics on a college campus?
  • What are your career goals?
  • What would your last supervisor say about you?
  • Why should we hire you?

In the end, Bruce was prepared for his interview and he got the job.  He did his homework, was properly prepared, and he effectively executed the strategies and techniques of the job search process.  He remembered a phrase that he read on a job search blog that read, “Ultimately the job will go to the candidate who is prepared and who effectively executes the basics of the job interview process.  In all you do, you will want to EXECUTE FOR SUCCESS!”



Howard Gauthier is an Associate Professor of Athletic Administration at Idaho State University.  He is a former collegiate athletic director and collegiate basketball coach.  He is also an author of 9 books.  Check out his book, Getting Hired In College Sports – 2nd Edition at or his new book, Execute for Success at  


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Sonoma State University


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