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I’ve Got An Interview, What Do I Do?

It has been announced that universities are reopening on the 17th May, which is great news for students everywhere! With many of our members being students, we thought we would shine a light on you for this blog. 

Many sports coaches start out at university, transferring their love for PE and sport at school to focusing specifically on the field for their degree. There are numerous pathways to take, from sports education to sport science degrees, all of which provide their own benefits, experience and knowledge acquisition. One thing that is not always taught is how to apply and successfully interview for jobs once you leave university. This can lead to fresh graduates missing out on opportunities that are perfect for them simply because they struggle with writing application forms. We are here to help!  We have compiled our 10 top tips for applying for a job with sports coaching companies, external providers and even schools. 

  • The most important thing to check before applying is that you meet all the essential qualifications. Many companies use an electronic matrix system to gather this information and you won’t pass the baseline if you haven’t got the minimum requirements.
  • Look closely at the person specification and write about all of the items listed. If you haven’t got experience in some of it then write about how you wish to gain the experience by taking on this role. Whatever you do, don’t make things up!
  • Where possible, apply everything to real-life experience. Relating your statements to tangible experiences makes a much bigger impact than just stating what you are good at.
  • It sounds simple, but ensure your spelling and grammar are correct. Applications can be thrown out if this isn’t up to scratch, particularly when applying for school roles.
  • Let your enthusiasm and passion shine through. The best thing about employing someone straight from university is that they are keen and eager to learn, so express this in your application.

 

  • If the employer is asking for a CV, only include relevant experience. Employers don’t need to know about the reading award you won in Year 6!
  • There is no such thing as over-preparing if asked to deliver a practical element for an interview. Bring a lesson plan, equipment, props, anything you think will facilitate a successful session. Never turn up and wing it. Ever.
  • During a verbal interview, it is always impressive if the interviewee asks questions to the employer. This can be used to find out more information and to see if you think they are a good fit for you. Remember, you are interviewing them too!
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of safeguarding procedures. These will always be asked about and can win or lose you a job based on your answer.
  • Finally, dress appropriately for the interview. If you are delivering a practical then a sports kit is perfectly acceptable. If you are invited to a formal interview then smart wear is essential. First impressions are vital when interviewing. 

We hope these tips will help you in your quest to secure your first job, or even further down the line. It’s a wonderful industry to be a part of, and we wish you well in your journey. Let us know how you get on @ActiveEduCo!

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