- When you interview for a job, the interview must be interactive—they question you–you question them–whoever asks the best questions wins.
- Always enter an interview with a list of pre-scripted questions that you will ask during the interview.
- Here is a great strategic interview question: Can I get in writing a list of your expectations of me as a coach & what you’ll consider success or failure?
- Be sure you know who will be on the interview committee and do a background check on each person.
- Be certain to have at least one question for every person on the interview committee.
- Other questions to ask:
- Other than the previous coaches won/loss record what were some concerns that you had with him/her?
- What are five things that it is imperative that the new coach focus on immediately? Why?
- What are the most important characteristics you value in your coach??
- In your opinion what are the biggest challenges confronting this program?
- Will I be given adequate amount of time to make the necessary corrections? What do you believe is a reasonable time table to achieve this?
- The number one objective in an interview is to tell a compelling story as to why you should be the coach & then what unique values you bring to the program!
- Things to find out:
- The graduation rates over the last five years where the school ranks within the conference.
- If all returning players are academically eligible for participation?
- Where does the program’s budget stand overall in the conference??
- Very few coaches go into an interview process with an aggressive mentality, most go with their hat in their hand!
- Halfway through the interview process you should be able to establish that you’re either interviewing for a ‘great’ job or a ‘bad’ job!
- NEVER take a job where you have less than the 70% chance to excel!
- Never take a job because it’s an opportunity to be a head coach, this mentality is a death trap! You’re likely be fired within 4 yrs!
- When you walk into a room for the interview be sure to walk up to each person in the room introduce yourself.
- Open the interview process with a short statement about why you want the job & what unique value you will bring to the job.
- At the end of the interview make sure there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind who you are, what you’re about & what you’re capable of achieving!
- Always know beforehand under what conditions you would accept the job and what conditions you would reject the job?
- Questions to ask yourself:
- Are you running toward a job or away from a job?
- Are you looking for a job or a career?
- Are you really qualified and ready to be a head coach or do you just think you are?
Thought for the week: If your feet are firmly planted on the ground, you'll never be able to dance.
Coach Yourself: A Motivational Guide For Coaches And Leaders
About This Book
Coach Yourself is a unique book, compiled exclusively for coaches to provide you with physical, mental and spiritual motivation throughout the season. In his follow-up to A Season In Words, veteran coach Dan Spainhour arms you with quotes and motivational ideas to help you achieve peace of mind throughout the season from how to stay motivated to handling critics.