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Athletic Director Interview Questions

25 Athletic Director Interview Questions
Question 1 of 25
What role do you believe athletics play in a students development?
How to Answer
Participation in athletics makes a positive influence in the development of students. The interviewer wants to know how you feel athletics would help a student. There are numerous benefits so share your opinion and support with an example.

Answer Example
"I strongly believe that participating on an athletic team improves health, teaches kids about cooperation and how to work in a team. There are numerous benefits that every person should experience as they grow up."
Entry Level Example
"I think that participation in sports can play an important part in a child's development. Sports can instill confidence, teamwork, communication and leadership skills."
Experienced Example
"I had a student on a soccer team I was coaching who was having trouble in school. He loved soccer, but couldn't play if he didn't pass his classes. I took time to get to know him and found he was very smart, just very discouraged. The longer he was on my team, I noticed he felt more confident. He was able to keep his grades up and ended up getting a scholarship to go to college."
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Question 2 of 25
How would you try to improve fan attendance?
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As an athletic director, you are in charge of coordinating events, marketing, and management for all associated sports teams. Discuss a marketing strategy that shows off your experience and knowledge.

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"Enhancing the fan's experience is one of the best ways to improve attendance. Last year we rewarded superfans with prizes through online contests using social media. This strategy increased overall attendance by 30%."
Entry Level Example
"In my current position, we have improved fan attendance through social media strategy. We have seen a great increase in attendance by creating Facebook fan a page and marketing events through that platform."
Experienced Example
"I have two strategies to improve fan attendance. One is a grassroots effort to drum up interest at a local level by personally inviting folks to events and hoping to generate some excitement around our programs. The other strategy is to utilize social media like Facebook and Instagram to broadcast our wins and the excitement around our future events. When paired together, these strategies have helped boost our attendance at football games and swim meets."
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Question 3 of 25
Being an athletic director requires a flexible schedule. Are you able to meet these requirements?
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You don't need to share what your schedule looks like, but you should let the interviewer know you understand the expectations. If you're not clear and need to know more about what the schedule might look like, ask. The interviewer wants to see that you will treat your role as an athletic director seriously.

Answer Example
"I am willing to do what it takes to be successful in this role. If that means working overtime, that's okay too."
Entry Level Example
"Being newer to my career as an athletic director, I am willing to work any hours needed. Rest assured, I will be present whenever it's required of me."
Experienced Example
"As an athletic director, I have learned that there is no set schedule and I embrace that. I've always been on-call for important events, and my staff knows that I'm a backup for emergencies, if needed. The schedule is not a concern for me, at this time."
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Question 4 of 25
Define a good coach.
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The interviewer wants to know more about your thoughts on what makes a competent coach. State the qualities you believe in and reinforce the fact that you possess these talents as well. Take this as an opportunity to share your values. Reflect on the responsibilities listed in the job description. Providing training to the athletes, challenging them and developing them to excel as individuals and as a team are some of the general expectations of a solid coach. Think about which characteristics are needed to fulfill these responsibilities.

Answer Example
"A good coach is encouraging, motivating, and understands the limitations of each team member yet not allow them to limit themselves."
Entry Level Example
"In my experience, there are many different coaching styles, and I'm not sure there is one typical style. However, I think a coach who can communicate effectively with each person on the team while also leading the entire team towards one goal is truly an amazing coach. I like to hire coaches who are empowered and committed."
Experienced Example
"A good coach will always show pure dedication, have high expectations of the players and spend their time being an effective mentor."
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Question 5 of 25
What experience do you have with fundraising?
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Question 6 of 25
When have you negotiated a deal?
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Question 7 of 25
If a coach was loved by the students, but under-performing on the field, what would you do?
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Question 8 of 25
What type of experience do you have with hiring?
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Question 9 of 25
What makes a successful athletic event, in your opinion?
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Question 10 of 25
Tell me about your experience coordinating, and developing events.
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Author of Athletic Director Answers and Questions

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 06/05/2013
Last modified on: 08/21/2018

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Question 11 of 25
Have you had to fire a coach before? How was that process?
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Question 12 of 25
What brings you the most joy, as an athletic director?
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Question 13 of 25
Describe your ideal athletic coach, and what types of coaches you would like to see in our program.
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Question 14 of 25
What do you envision for our athletic program, if you were hired?
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Question 15 of 25
Describe your passion for sports, and how that passion will translate into this position.
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Question 16 of 25
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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Question 17 of 25
As an athletic director, what do you believe is your best asset?
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Question 18 of 25
How do you decide what gets top priority when scheduling your time?
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Question 19 of 25
Do you consider yourself a leader?
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Question 20 of 25
What do you like about your present job?
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Question 21 of 25
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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Question 22 of 25
Give me a time when you had to set an important goal in the past and tell me about your success reaching it.
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Question 23 of 25
What motivates you as an athletic director?
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Question 24 of 25
What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
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Question 25 of 25
What is your current salary?
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About Athletic Director

August 17th, 2017

An athletic director (commonly "athletics director" or "AD") is an administrator at many American colleges and universities, as well as in larger high schools and middle schools, who oversees the work of coaches and related staff involved in intercollegiate or interscholastic athletic programs.

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