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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated November 11th, 2019 | 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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As a coach, what values do you have for your team?
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The interviewer wants to get to know how you are as a leader- what is important to you. As a coach you are the leader of that team and depending what you value will reflect on the team. Do you care about timing? If you arrive five minutes late everyday, your players are going to the same thing and it shows you don't value time.

Don't list off a ton of values that are important to you while answering this question. Pick two or three values that you believe are important to you as a coach and explain why. You don't need to talk about everything that is important to you.
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1.
As a coach, what values do you have for your team?
The interviewer wants to get to know how you are as a leader- what is important to you. As a coach you are the leader of that team and depending what you value will reflect on the team. Do you care about timing? If you arrive five minutes late everyday, your players are going to the same thing and it shows you don't value time.

Don't list off a ton of values that are important to you while answering this question. Pick two or three values that you believe are important to you as a coach and explain why. You don't need to talk about everything that is important to you.

Rachelle's Answer
"My top two values for my team to have are being committed and teachable. I want my players to show up everyday on time and ready for practice- showing up is a huge part of commitment for me. It shows that they want to be part of the team. I'll also show my commit to the team by always be there early and ready to start on time. I also believe being teachable is an important factor in playing sports. If a player isn't willing to try something new, they won't be able to grow with the team."
2.
What was your most successful team you have been a part of? Why was it successful?
This question isn't meant to scare you if you don't have many winning records. You can use a team that you came in first and talk about how you lead the team to victory, but it is not the only way to approach this question.

Success comes in many different forms, you can talk about a player that struggled at the beginning of the season to be part of the team and by the end he/she ended up being an important leader. You should think of a team that you were proud of by the end of the season (we are proud of all our teams, but one that really stuck out). When you are passionate about the team you pick, you'll be able to bring more engagement to your answer.

Rachelle's Answer
"The most successful team I was apart of was when I first started coaching club season. It was the first club for me as well as my girls., most of the girls came from many different schools and didn't know what to expect. All were still learning basic skills while trying to get to know each other, so they could be prepared to play together for the next six months. Club is much more challenging than I expected, because we all only saw each other once a week for practice, they weren't able to get to know each other very well. During practice and game days, I set aside time for team bonding time. During those team bonding times I watched the girls connect on a deeper level, which improved our playing on the court. We did not end in top four for the season, but they improved on the court with their skills and working together so much by the end of the season- that is what success is to me. Being able to see the positive change in the players."
3.
What is the most rewarding part of being a coach?
The interviewer wants to know what keeps you going, what part of coaching keeps you coming back season after season. You don't need a huge elaborate answer for this question, you just have to find what drives you.

It could be the thrill of the game when you have one minute left and your team is down by one or the look on your player's face when they get a touch down. Most of you already know what keeps you going; take time to thing about it prior to your interview, because the interviewer will want to know what will keep you going with their team.

Rachelle's Answer
"I love the look on the teams' faces each time they score a well deserved point. It's seeing them working hard together and earning each point they get. They realize their true potential when they work as a team and everyone is doing their part."
4.
If we asked one of your players to describe you and your qualities as a coach what sort of things would they say about you?
The interviewer wants you to put yourself one of your player's shoes, if you haven't done this before you should considering doing it. It helps coaching understand how their message is coming across. For this question think about a few qualities you want to have as a coach and then think if you believe your players would see you that way, if yes explain why to the interviewer- if not it would be best to pick another quality.

There is no right answer for this question as long as you back up your answer with why you believe your players would describe you with those qualities.

Rachelle's Answer
"I believe the my players would describe me as honest and patient. I am very honest with my players on what they need to work on and what they need to change to get there. I had a player once who had incredible talent but she didn't practice as hard because she believed she was already the best player on the team. I had a conversation with about this and explain how much further she could go as an athlete if she put in the time. Another quality would be patient because I will always take the time to help a player is isn't grasping a concept."
5.
How long have you been coaching for?
The interviewer wants to know how many years of experience you have. For young coaches this can be an intimidating question; no matter how many years you have show the interviewer your passion for the sport.

This question is meant to scare young coaches away, this question can spark a conversation about this new journey you are on or for older coaches a conversation about what you've learned over the years.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have been coaching for two years, over these two short years I have discovered the positive impact I can have on athletes and I am looking forward to continuing that impact."
Cassandra's Answer #2
"I have been coaching for fifteen years and every season brings a new set of players with different challenges and curiosity for the game. Each season ignites my passion for the game."
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