Athletic directors organize sports activities for whatever organization they work for. Typically, they work in schools, health clubs, universities, and colleges.
Athletic Director/ Sport Manager/ Coach
Job Interview Questions and Answers
Question: What are your qualifications as an athletic director?
Answer: You can briefly mention education and experience, citing specific cases which exemplify qualifications: prepared a team for participation in competition; organized tournaments between schools in a district, etc.
Question: What are your most outstanding qualities as an athletic director?
Answer: Don’t try to find an ideal answer. Simply give a true and thoughtful answer – it will be better appreciated than an obvious attempt to impress. For example, an outstanding quality might be the ability to motivate participants, including the more difficult ones, by finding individual approaches to those who need individual incentive.
Question: Would you mind working long hours, working overtime, and traveling?
Answer: Athletic directors are often required to travel and work long hours. Contests require personal meetings with the directors of other teams. Organizational activities in general take long negotiation and painstaking coordination, so work hours are often long.
Question: Do you find it difficult to communicate with people?
Answer: This might seem like a strange question to ask a sport manager (athletic director), but there is rationale behind it: not all coaches can be directors, and not all coaches are able to do more than enforce strict but perhaps unproductive discipline. True coaching requires emotional and social intelligence.
Question: What is the role of inspiration in the career of an athletic director?
Answer: An important question. Coaches are expected to inspire on the level of field training. Directors are expected to inspire by organizing exciting events and creating a general atmosphere of enthusiasm, team work, and self betterment.
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