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Athletic Director Interview

25 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 21st, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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What role do you believe athletics play in a students development?
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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.
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What role do you believe athletics play in a students development?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"It is absolutely an extension of the classroom. Skills learned through sports are the exact skills business and employers are looking for in today's world: commitment, willingness to collaborate, leadership, sacrifice for a team goal, ability to influence and motivate others. These things aren't always available in the classroom, but sports are an avenue to open some student-athletes up to new experiences and showcase those intangible skills."
Rachelle's Answer
Your perspective of athletics being an extension of the classroom is a very wise one. Athletics do so much for a young person, and you bring up some fantastic points in this response.
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How would you try to improve fan attendance?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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%."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
Being an athletic director requires a flexible schedule. Are you able to meet these requirements?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am willing to do what it takes to be successful in this role. If that means working overtime, that's okay too."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"I have spent the better part of my career in at 6:15 am and leaving around 9 pm. So I feel like I am more than willing to devote whatever hours are necessary. I realize this is a 24/7 job at times. As club president, teacher, coach, I have students, coaches, referees texting and emailing and calling at all hours of the night b/c of problems that arise. Spending time is arguably the most important part of this job, and I will devote whatever time is needed to help us succeed."
Rachelle's Answer
You sound incredibly dedicated to your work. If I were the interviewer, my next question would be, 'How do you avoid burnout?' so I recommend speaking a bit on this as well.
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Define a good coach.
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"A good coach is encouraging, motivating, and understands the limitations of each team member yet not allow them to limit themselves."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"A good coach is knowledgable, passionate, and, most importantly, able to galvanize a unique and different group of individuals towards one common goal."
Rachelle's Answer
This is a strong summary of what a good coach looks like. Try also tying in a sentence re: the ways you are a good coach to student-athletes, or to other coaches.
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What experience do you have with fundraising?
In education, budgets may be tight and efficient fundraising will be necessary. Talk about a specific experience that displays your knowledge and skills. Tell the interviewer about your success in fundraising. Share how many people attended and how much money you raised. Specific numbers will speak volumes.

You will want to know about the school and their current fundraising efforts. Based on what you know about their fundraising and financials, present something cutting edge and creative that they may not have considered or aren't investing as much energy into. Events, new athletic programs, social media and broadcast marketing are all compelling examples to present.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Last year, our athletic department sold raffle tickets for a trip that was donated by a local travel agency. We raised $55,000 which went directly to new uniforms and travel expenses for our team."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"This year we are putting together a gala to raise money for our girl's soccer team. There will be a silent auction with items donated by local businesses and a local band playing. We did a similar event last year, and the event was packed."
Anonymous Answer
"Our youth soccer club is a non-profit, so we survive through fundraising efforts. We have coordinated different sales, hosted large-scale events to sponsor the funding for our scholarship as well. As a class advisor, we have also sold items like discount cards, subs, pretzels, etc. So I have extensive experience with utilizing fundraising."
Rachelle's Answer
This experience sounds good! Do you have an idea of how much money you have helped raise to date? That may be an interesting number to include.
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