Recruiting Process for Sports

To increase your chances of landing a job, it is important for you to use all of your available resources. The recruiting process has many steps including career exploration, industry & organization research, applications, networking and interviewing. The Villanova Career Center has resources including Handshake, Big Interview, Vault Career Guides and many others (including our staff) to help you along the way.

  • Common Entry Level Jobs include: Athletic Coach, Athlete Development Specialist, Business Development Coordinator, Event Coordinator, Financial Analyst, Marketing Consultant, Marketing Coordinator, Operations Assistant, Public Relations Assistant, Sales Coordinator, Information Technology, Venue Management, Video Content Creator
  • Applications for internships: Applications will open depending on the organization you are applying to. Internship applications typically open the semester before. For example, summer internships will open late fall semester or early spring semester. Some applications will open earlier, especially at larger organizations.
  • Applications for full-time positions: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and positions are typically open on an as-needed/immediate hire basis.
  • Check employer websites for interviewing information & application details.

  • Behavioral Interview Questions are a set of questions to assess whether you have the soft skills and motivation to succeed at that firm. These often include general questions about your background and why you want to work for the organization, combined with behavioral-based questions asking you to give examples of past experiences. Use the S.T.A.R. approach to structure your examples; Situation/Task that you were facing, Approach and actions you took to address the issue, Result of the actions you took. Learn more about “Developing Your Interview Stories” in Big Interview.
  • Practice with Big Interview
  • Your interview prep will depend on which area of sports you decide to work in. For example, if you are interested in sports marketing, you may need a digital portfolio. If you are interested in their sales department, you may need to be prepared with a sales pitch for the organization.
  • The Career Center offers one-hour mock interview appointments that can be scheduled via Handshake to further develop interview skills and receive feedback. Students can also reserve interview rooms within the Employer Engagement Suite. For more information on interviewing, please visit the Career Center’s Interviewing webpage.