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 or his new book Execute for Success at


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Sonoma State University




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