Student Athletes Preparing for Interviews

Considering their discipline and dedication to their sport, the hours of practice they put in and how they must perform throughout their college years. I suggest that athletes consider approaching an interview similar to how they would a big game, meet, regatta or other sporting event. Practice, practice and more practice. Challenge oneself by having teammates or roommates or family members ask you questions that you think may come up. Below are a variety of other ways that student athletes can prepare for their interview:

  • Use OCS’ Big Interview tool which allows students to prep for their interview  virtually and choose from a variety of industry options.
  • Review the Student Athlete Transferable Skills sheet which can help student athletes identify transferable athletic skills and incorporate them into your elevator pitch or interview answers.
  • This Student Athlete Accomplishment Story Grid allows one to map out their experiences into particular skills that the employer is seeking.
  • Once they have made notes of what experiences they want to mention in their interview, they can move onto the STAR Method. This is a framework that helps one to answer behavioral questions in that they highlight the Situation, Task, Action and Result. Scroll to that last page of this guide to map out the STAR method.
  • The Office of Career Strategy’s Interview Preparation pages include everything from the different types of interviews (behavioral, case, technical) to interview attire suggestions, how to answer some popular questions such as “Tell me about yourself” and “What are your strengths and weaknesses” and much more.
  • Keep in mind that OCS advisors are always happy to do a mock interview with you! Simply sign up with a career advisor and indicate in the notes your mock interview request.

Happy practicing!

By Robyn Acampora
Robyn Acampora Director of Strategic Initiatives and Public Service Careers Robyn Acampora