Professional athletes participate in organized athletic events nationally and internationally. Companies often sponsor athletes who then compete in their sporting event wearing the sponsors' badge or logo. In order to stay at the top of their game, athletes spend several hours a day in training. They usually train under the direction and guidance of professional coaches or athletic trainers to improve their physical conditioning, hone their skills in their event and prepare for competitions.
It takes tremendous self-discipline, focus, commitment and dedication to become a renowned athlete. The competition is intense and athletes need to perform consistently to achieve and retain their top ranking and retain their sponsors or attract new sponsors. They must be disciplined in attending all scheduled training and practice sessions and must follow a strict dietary and sleep schedule.
At the interview, your interviewer will want to see a record of your accomplishments so make sure you take along all the certificates that you've earned for earlier events. Put them all neatly in a folder along with news clips about your achievements and letters of recommendation from your coaches or mentors. These will demonstrate your athletic abilities, dedication to training and your determination to win, all attributes that any prospective employer will want to see in the athlete they hire. Your interviewer will ask you a mixed bag of questions to find out more about your passion for the event and whether you are looking to continue competing for a long time or you are looking for a short term stop gap arrangement. Take a look at athlete mock interview questions to see what are some of the common questions that interviewers ask at athlete interviews.