Preparing For Your Upcoming Interview

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

Being organized and prepared for your upcoming interview is one of the keys for getting the job.  As you prepare for your interview you need to gather information such as who is the hiring manager, who is on the search committee, and who can influence the hiring process. This type of information is important so you can be strategic in your approach. But this is just one of five recommendations for preparing for your upcoming interview.

Interviewing is both an art and a science.  It is a science in that there are strategies and techniques you can use that will give you an advantage in the job search process.  It is an art, however, in how you execute these strategies and techniques.  Below are five strategies that you need to properly execute that will help you to become prepared for your upcoming interview.

Gather Information Prior to the Interview – Be prepared as you go into your interview. Know who the hiring manager is, who is on the search committee, and what they want in their new hire. Also, know a little bit about the organization and the job itself. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the organization, and how can you solve their problems. What are the duties of the job, and why did the previous person leave the position. These are some of the items you will want to research before you go into your interview.

Prepare Your Answers to Interview Questions – A second suggestion is to be prepared in how you will answer the various interview questions. Know the type of questions that will most likely be asked during your interview. Write out your answers to these questions and practice reciting your responses. In addition, many interview questions can be answered using your Personal Sales Pitch. Think of yourself as an actor on a stage. Practice your lines so they easily flow when it is your turn to talk.

Gather Information During the Interview – During the interview you will want to ask questions and gather information. You will want to find out what the vision is for the future of the organization and uncover any problems the organization is facing. This information will help you so you can develop a plan to meet their vision or solve their problems. Finally, try to understand something that is unique about each search committee member. This could be how they view you and your fit for the position, any potential personal friends or colleagues you may share, or any type of information that can connect you with the committee member. This information will be used as you follow-up after your interview.

Understand the Basic Techniques of Interviewing – When the day of your interview arrives, you need to be ready and skilled with the proper techniques for conducting a successful interview. This includes knowing what to wear, how to interact with the search committee, knowing your body language, knowing what to bring with you to your interview, what questions to ask, and how to successfully close the interview.

Strategically Follow-up After the Interview – Following up with the people you met during your interview is one of the most important parts of the interview process. Many interviewees do not send follow-up correspondence to the people they have met. This is a big mistake because the follow-up stage provides you with an opportunity to influence the decision of the search committee members by thanking them for the interview, and convincing them that you are the right fit for the job. This could be reiterating your strengths with a search committee member who does not believe you are a good match for the institution. It could also allow you to share your plans in how you will lead the organization toward their vision, or how you will solve their problems. In other words, following up after the interview gives you a platform in which you can convince the search committee that you are the right person for the job

As with most endeavors in life, if you are not prepared you will not be as successful as you desire. Therefore, as you approach your upcoming interview, vow to be as prepared as you should be and follow the five key elements listed above. Ultimately the job will go to the candidate who is best prepared and who effectively executes the basics of the job search 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 www.sportscareersinstitute.com or his new book Execute for Success at www.execute4success.com.

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Helping You Get A Job In Sports

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In Getting Hired In College Sports you will discover:

  • The types of jobs that exist in college sports
  • How to plan and navigate your career
  • How to create an effective job search campaign 
  • The proper way to create an effective resume, cover letter, and sales pitch
  • How to properly brand yourself
  • Techniques and strategies to prepare for your interview
  • How to properly prepare yourself for the five types of interview questions 
  • How to properly follow-up after the interview in order to influence the decision of the hiring manager

Only $23.95 Click Here To Purchase 

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“I have recommended this book to many aspiring sports administrators.  This is a must read for anyone who has a goal of working in athletic administration”

-Bill Fusco
Director of Athletics
Sonoma State University

 

 


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The Top 10 Interview Questions In College Sports

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

Emily is extremely nervous as she prepares for her upcoming interview.  After five years of college, Emily is finally graduating with her master’s degree in Sports Management. While attending college, Emily has been fortunate to be able to work in the ticket office within the athletics department. As her final semester is winding down, and her job applications have increased in number, she has finally secured her first job interview.

When Emily was invited for the interview, she began to research the strategies and techniques she should use in order to ace her interview.  One of the findings she came across was a list of the top 10 interview questions that are typically asked during an interview within an athletics department.  Below is the list of questions she discovered in her research.

  1. “Walk me through your resume” or “Tell me about yourself”.
  2. What are your strengths?  Weaknesses?
  3. What is your management style?
  4. Why do you want to leave your current position?
  5. What is it about our institution that interests you? (Why do you want to work for our institution?)
  6. What is the purpose of athletics on a college campus?
  7. What is your coaching philosophy (for a coaching position)?
  8. What are your career goals?
  9. What would your last supervisor say about you?
  10. Why should we hire you?

As a student, Emily has always been very organized and prepared.  This is also the case with her preparations for her upcoming interview. To prepare for the interview, Emily wrote out the answers to each of the interview questions listed above. She practiced reciting her answers and found that many of these questions can be answered by using her Personal Sales Pitch. In fact, in her preparations, Emily went so far as to dress in her interview attire as she practiced rehearsing her answers.  She is extremely professional in how she conducts her business, and she knows that proper preparation is one of the keys to having a successful interview.  Emily remembers reading that ultimately the job will go to the candidate who is prepared and who effectively executes the basics of the job interview process.  In all she does, Emily wants 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 www.sportscareersinstitute.com or his new book Execute for Success at www.execute4success.com.

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Helping You Get A Job In Sports

2nd edition Image

In Getting Hired In College Sports you will discover:

  • The types of jobs that exist in college sports
  • How to plan and navigate your career
  • How to create an effective job search campaign 
  • The proper way to create an effective resume, cover letter, and sales pitch
  • How to properly brand yourself
  • Techniques and strategies to prepare for your interview
  • How to properly prepare yourself for the five types of interview questions 
  • How to properly follow-up after the interview in order to influence the decision of the hiring manager

Only $23.95 Click Here To Purchase 

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“I have recommended this book to many aspiring sports administrators.  This is a must read for anyone who has a goal of working in athletic administration”

-Bill Fusco
Director of Athletics
Sonoma State University

 

 


What’s The Best Way To Get A Job In College Sports?

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

As a professor in Sports Management, having been a college athletics director, and having written a book about getting a job in college sports, I’m asked all of the time, “What’s the best way to get a job in college sports?” The formula is relatively simple. Whether you’re a veteran in the industry, or just starting out, the process for getting a job in college sports is to follow your passion, develop your skills, gain experience, and build a strong network.

Follow Your Passion – When you follow your passion, you tend to work hard because you enjoy what you do. Your work is not a job; it is an enjoyable pursuit. In a recent article about finding your passion, John Maxwell suggests that you need to listen to yourself in order to find your true passion. He asks the questions, what excites you? What do you dream about? What do you want in life? Once you can truthfully answer these questions, you can begin your journey toward meshing your passion of sports with your work life.

Develop Your Skills – Maxwell went on to share that passion is important, but if you don’t have the proper skills, you won’t be able to turn your passion into a career. Therefore, you need to develop the skills of your trade, so an employer will want to hire you.

Gain Experience – Whether you are currently pursuing your degree in sports management, or you are already working in the profession, gaining experience is a key toward securing your next job. If you are currently a student, you need to gain experience in the profession (while going to school) so you can list it on your resume. If you’re already in the industry, you need to enhance your experiences, strengthen your skills, and build a strong personal brand. Regardless of your current situation, enhancing your experiences will take time and sacrifice. Because of this time and sacrifice, I recommend that you begin to develop a plan for personal develop today. You can’t afford to put your experiences off for the future. The sooner you gain experience and develop your skills, the sooner you’ll be in a position to secure your next job in college sports.

Build a Strong Network – People want to hire people they know, or someone a trusted friend knows. This is because, when the hiring manager knows the person, he/she knows that the person is a hard worker, skilled at their craft, loyal, and a good fit for the organization. And one of the only ways to assure that the employee possesses these qualities is to hire someone you know and trust. Therefore, the larger and stronger your network is, the more likely you’ll have an “in” with an athletics department, and the more likely it is that you will get hired for the job you want.

So, “what’s the best way to get a job in college sports? It is a relatively simple process, you just have to follow your passion, develop your skills, gain experience, and build a strong network. Life is a journey that needs to be enjoyed along the way. Follow your passion, work hard, and enjoy your journey!

 

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 www.sportscareersinstitute.com or his new book Execute for Success at www.execute4success.com.

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Helping You Get A Job In Sports

2nd edition Image

In Getting Hired In College Sports you will discover:

  • The types of jobs that exist in college sports
  • How to plan and navigate your career
  • How to create an effective job search campaign 
  • The proper way to create an effective resume, cover letter, and sales pitch
  • How to properly brand yourself
  • Techniques and strategies to prepare for your interview
  • How to properly prepare yourself for the five types of interview questions 
  • How to properly follow-up after the interview in order to influence the decision of the hiring manager

Only $23.95 Click Here To Purchase 

.
“I have recommended this book to many aspiring sports administrators.  A must read for anyone whom has a goal of working in athletic administration”

-Bill Fusco
Director of Athletics
Sonoma State University