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Posted 4/2/2013 by dietcokejunkee in NSBR Board


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Posted: 4/2/2013 9:58:54 PM
We are interviewing Friday to hire my new boss (to sadly replace my awesome boss who died suddenly and tragically in a car accident in February). Most important to me would be organizational skills. My boss was super organized and in control at all times.

I can't think of a clever way to ask about those skills in an interview to get an honest answer. Like a tricky way to get someone to reveal their organizational skills. Make a "how would you handle" type of situation?

Any ideas? (position is the Athletic Director of a large HS: 3500+kids)

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Posted: 4/2/2013 10:00:42 PM
The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.

Wording questions like:
"tell me about a time when....."
Be specific and ask for examples.

lurking leeny

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Posted: 4/2/2013 10:25:07 PM
I agree with molove and would add "how do you prioritize your workload?" When I interview staff I give an example: "You are working on a project with a due date of blah blah, your supervisor comes to you and says they have a priority project, what do you do?"


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Posted: 4/2/2013 10:34:53 PM
For an athletic director position, I would ask what set of skills do they have for unexpected game postponement or how/what they would do in this type of situation.

How do they "manage the parents" who have unrealistic expectations for their child regarding playing time.

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Posted: 4/2/2013 11:38:30 PM
How did you use organizational and planning skills in your last job in order to be effective?


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Posted: 4/3/2013 1:35:30 AM
"Tell me about three tools you would use in this position to ensure that the athletics office remains highly organized and professional."

Answers could range from using a personal planner to hosting regularly scheduled staff meetings to publishing a department newsletter/calendar, etc., etc.

Or, "Tell me about a project that you've been involved with in any capacity that suffered because of a lack or organization, and then explain how you handled it at the time. If you were to be involved that type of project again, what systems would you implement to ensure greater organization and professionalism from your organization?"


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