Make Sure You Prepare For These Seven Interview Questions

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

Jake is excited for his upcoming interview.  After six years as an assistant coach, Jake is looking to move up in the coaching profession.

After working under an extremely successful coach, Jake believes now is the perfect time to make the move to a head coaching position. He has experience in all aspect of running a program including preseason conditioning, on-court coaching, recruiting, scouting, and player development. What he doesn’t have experience in is interviewing for a job.

To better prepare himself for his interview, Jake sought the help of a veteran coach and his mentor, Bob Cross. Coach Cross was Jake’s head coach in college and has been a great mentor ever since. So naturally, Jake sought his advice and guidance when it came to interviewing for a head coaching position. Coach Cross shared various interview preparation tips and strategies, and then shared seven interviewing questions that Jake should be prepared to answer during the interview. These seven questions include:

  1. Tell us about yourself.
  2. What are your strengths?  Weaknesses?
  3. What is your coaching philosophy and coaching style?
  4. What is your vision for the program?
  5. Give us an example of a difficult problem you’ve had to deal with regarding a student-athlete and how you handle the situation.
  6. What is your plan for the first 90 days on the job?
  7. Why should we hire you?

In the end, Jake aced his interview and he is excited for his new challenge as a head coach. He paid his dues, sought the guidance of a mentor, and was prepared for his interview. He is now actively planning for his first season as a head coach.

Remember, 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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