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Didn't Get The Interview? Here's Why!

Updated: Dec 19, 2023


There are several reasons why you may not get an interview for a position you applied for. Understanding what some of these reasons may be will help you prepare and limit any objections you may face during the process.


Reasons Why You May Not Get an Interview


  • The organization had somebody already in mind.

  • Lack of experience for the position.

  • Your experience does not meet the criteria of the position requirements.

  • Resume does not stand out or does not properly demonstrate your abilities.

  • You didn’t demonstrate interest in the position or you did not followup with the head of the search.

  • Lack of supporting info/portfolio.

  • Lack of references in your application material or poor reference check.

  • Higher than normal competition for the position.

  • Demographics – age, gender, ethnicity.

  • Overqualified.

  • Timing (materials received late).


Steps to Improve Your Chances of Landing an Interview


To increase your chances of landing a job interview for a coaching position, consider the following strategies:

Tailor Your Resume and Cover Letter: Customize your resume and cover letter to highlight relevant coaching experience, achievements, and skills. Clearly articulate your coaching philosophy and how it aligns with the values of the organization.


Highlight Achievements: Showcase specific accomplishments and successes in your coaching career. This could include improvements in team performance, player development, and any championships or significant milestones.


Emphasize Leadership and Communication Skills: Clearly demonstrate your leadership and communication abilities. Coaches need to effectively lead teams and communicate with players, staff, and administration. Prove it, don't just say!


Networking: Utilize professional networks, attend coaching conferences, and connect with individuals in the sports industry. Networking can lead to valuable connections and potential job opportunities.


Certifications and Education: Highlight relevant coaching certifications, educational background, and any additional training or courses you've completed. This demonstrates your commitment to continuous learning and professional development.


Online Presence:

Maintain a professional online presence. Ensure that your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and reflects your coaching experience, achievements, and endorsements from colleagues and players.


Recommendation Letters: Secure strong recommendation letters from previous employers, colleagues, or players. Positive references can greatly enhance your credibility as a coach.


Demonstrate Adaptability: Showcase your ability to adapt to different coaching styles and environments. Coaches who can adjust their strategies to fit the team's needs are often highly sought after.


Research the Program: Familiarize yourself with the program or organization you're applying to. Understand their history, values, and coaching philosophy. Tailor your application materials to show how you align with their vision.


Volunteer or Assistant Coaching Roles: Consider taking on volunteer or assistant coaching roles, especially if you're transitioning to a higher level or a different sport. This can provide valuable experience and make you more marketable.


Show Enthusiasm and Passion: Communicate your passion for coaching and the specific program. Employers often value coaches who are genuinely enthusiastic about the sport and the opportunity to contribute to the success of the team.


Apply Strategically: Focus on applying to positions that closely match your experience and expertise. Tailoring your applications to roles that align with your strengths will increase your chances of being considered.



Remember to be persistent, stay positive, and continuously seek ways to enhance your coaching skills and experiences. Landing a coaching position often involves a combination of qualifications, networking, and effectively communicating your passion for the sport and your commitment to developing athletes.


If you need help with your coaching resume, your portfolio, or the interview process, be sure to sign up for one of our job prep packages at The Coaching Portfolio Guide! We provide services that assist with all aspects of the job search process for coaches. Click here to get started today!


Written By: Bill Vasko – CEO, XO Coach

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