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Assistant Athletic Director Interview Questions

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When you’re ready to interview for a job as an Assistant Athletic Director, these are the interview questions you can expect to be asked, so be prepared with solid answers! We recommend searching and reading articles on reputable websites so you are prepared to answer the questions that you don’t already feel comfortable with.

 

So how should you prepare for an interview as an Assistant Athletic Director? Take a look at these Assistant Athletic Director interview questions that you’ll want to find out how to answer OR ask!

 

  • What do you feel is the best educational preparation for this career?
  • What are three positive character traits you don’t have?
  • What would be your ideal working environment?
  • What do you like and dislike about the job we are discussing?
  • How do you decide what gets top priority when scheduling your time?
  • What steps do you follow to study a problem before making a decision?
  • What negative thing would your last boss say about you?
  • What is a typical career path in this job function?
  • What major challenges and problems did you face?
  • What irritates you about other people?
  • What were your annual goals at your most current employer?
  • What parts of your education do you see as relevant to this position?
  • What quality of yours or personal trait matters the most in your career?
  • What are you looking for in terms of career development?
  • When were you most satisfied in your job?
  • How do you decide what gets top priority when scheduling your time?
  • How did you react when faced with constant time pressure?
  • When given an important assignment, how do you approach it?
  • How do you keep track of things you need to do?
  • How do you feel about taking no for an answer?
  • How do you react to instruction and criticism?
  • You have not done this sort of job before. How will you succeed?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
  • What is your biggest weakness?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why do you want this high school athletic director job?
  • Why do you want to work with us?
  • What is your philosophy of coaching and its relationship to education?
  • What do you believe is the proper role of parents in any athletic program?
  • What role do assistant coaches at all levels play in your program?
  • What is the role of booster clubs in your program?
  • Do you plan on fundraising and what type of activities would you use?
  • How would you deal with players and families that would not fundraise for whatever reason?
  • What are your academic and behavioral expectations for your players both on and off the court?
  • What is your philosophy on discipline?
  • What is your role in the off season?
  • What is your philosophy in regards to juniors on the junior varsity and freshman players being moved up to JV or Varsity?
  • What other factors might influence a player making the team other than grade, skill set and athletic ability?
  • What other factors might influence a players playing time other than grade, skill set and athletic ability?
  • What coaches, teacher or other people have been great influences in your life and why or how?
  • What books or movies are your favorites and why?
  • What is one key event that changed your life in a positive or negative way?
  • What one word or phrase do you want people to associate with your name?
  • What is one word or phrase that you hope former players use to describe you?
  • What is the first thing that you would do if hired for this position?
  • What qualities would you look for if you were hiring an assistant?
  • What would you try to teach your players besides basketball? How would you do that?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses as a coach?
  • What is the role of an assistant coach in building a program?
  • What are three things that your previous experience in coaching have taught you?
  • What person and or event has had the most influence on your life? Why?
  • What do you know about our basketball program?
  • What are your coaching goals? Where do you hope to be in 5, 10, 15 years?
  • What are your best and worst memories in coaching?
  • How do you deal with multiple sport athletes?
  • How do you plan to communicate your plans and expectations to parents?
  • How do you deal with players and parents about discipline issues either major or minor plus repeat offenses?
  • How do you deal with players and parents about concerns about playing time?
  • How do you deal with player commitments that impact missed basketball time?
  • How do you plan to organize youth feeder programs?
  • How would it be organized?
  • How would you deal with players and families that would not fundraise for whatever reason?
  • How would you handle key players not in another sport routinely not attending out of season activities?
  • How would you promote community support for your program?
  • How would your players be involved in community activities promoted by the basketball program?
  • How would you support other sports and activities at this school?
  • How do you plan on improving as a coach from year to year?
  • How would you assist and counsel your players that are being recruited to play in college?
  • How do you plan on motivating players and getting them to buy in to their role on the team each year?
  • How do you handle the tryout and cut process?
  • What coaches, teacher or other people have been great influences in your life and why or how?
  • How do you handle media both personally and with respect to players on the team?
  • How would you deal with questions about the previous coaching staff?
  • How would you promote a positive energy with your team through both positive and negative situations?
  • What would you try to teach your players besides basketball? How would you do that?
  • How would you deal with a player that complained about the head coach or the program?
  • Why do you feel that you are the best person for this job?
  • What kind of offense and defense do you run?
  • What paid positions outside of a school district have you had in athletics?
  • What championships have you won?
  • What has been your most important accomplishment as a coach?
  • What has been your biggest disappointment?
  • What are your coaching goals?   Short term?   Long term?
  • What steps are you going to take to generate interest in girls getting involved in the softball program here?
  • What steps are you going to take to get the ‘outside’ community interested in the program here?
  • What is your philosophy of Strength and Conditioning in your program?
  • Offensive and defensive philosophy?   What is it?
  • How do you work with officials? What is your philosophy on the way that you treat them?
  • Ever been tossed from a game?   If so, what did you do and what did you learn from it?
  • If a parent approached you after practice or a game on your way to your car and wanted to talk with you about playing time, what would you do?   How would you respond?
  • What do you think is the most important aspect of a championship (sport) team?
  • How do you envision youth programs here in town and to what extent will you be involved?
  • What offense will you install here first?
  • What is your defensive philosophy?
  • What can you add to this program if you were to be the (assistant or head coach)?
  • What is your coaching background?
  • What are you most proud of in your coaching career?
  • What is a typical day of practice?
  • What will your sidelines look like during a game?
  • How will you raise school spirit? What is your off season program?
  • What is your philosophy in regards to finding assistant coaches?
  • What three adjectives would you use to describe yourself?
  • What three adjectives would current students use to describe you as a teacher and coach?
  • If named head coach what is the first thing you would do as head coach?
  • What is one unique thing about you or your class that you do as a teacher?
  • If a football player comes to you and ask you for advise on whether or not he should play another sport in the off season, or should he just hit the weight room with the other football players. what do you recommend to him?
  • After a season of being coached by you what would a player say about your football program?
  • What do you want us to know about you that we haven’t asked?
  • How do you develop athletes from frosh to senior year?
  • How do you include community, parents, teachers, boosters in program?
  • How you will make sure you’re running a safe program?
  • How do you distribute and collect uniforms?
  • How do you prepare your team for a game?
  • How do you work with officials? What is your philosophy on the way that you treat them?
  • How would you deal with players who are late to practices or games?
  • A player misses several practices for a family vacation how will you deal with this?
  • How would you handle rumors of a player taking drugs or alcohol?
  • How do you plan to work with the administration?
  • How do you define a winning season?
  • How important is a youth football program and how do you make connections with the local youth program?
  • How do you transition into becoming the new head football coach?
  • Being off staff how will you maintain positive regular communications with the athlete’s parents, athletic director and administration?
  • How do you deal with a student athlete who has conflicts between other school activities and football?
  • How do you deal with a student athlete when he insists on more playing time? Parents?
  • Why do you want to coach at our school?
  • Is character or ability more important to you and why?

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