To prepare for an interview, I like to run over some basic questions that the employer might ask me so I won't be stumped in knowing what I want to say and how I say it. For example, "What makes you feel like you're qualified to take on the role of a competitive gymnastics coach?", might be answered by saying something along the lines of, "I trained in gymnastics for many years and am very comfortable with the sport and eager to learn even more through the gymnasts of this upcoming generation, and I think by using the knowledge I already have and by teaming up with other coaches, I'll be able to condition and train the young athletes to achieve the best of their ability and feel ready come competition season."
Know the job that you are applying for and the tasks you will be required to fulfill. Make sure you know about the safety and skills required, and have a strong ability to connect with children and adults. Think back to what your coaches and mentors were like to decide how conduct yourself as a coach to new athletes.
To prepare for an interview for this position, be sure to understand the values of the organization. While the facility focuses on hard work, dedication, team work and mental/physical/emotional health, the YMCA's unique core values are respect, honesty, caring and responsibility. Furthermore, think about how you would incorporate these values in the work environment if you were to receive the role as a gymnastics coach. An additional way to prepare for the interview is to become familiar with the sport, such as its basic rules, skills, and drills that can be carried out in order to achieve a skill.
If you have experience competing or training in gymnastics, you should be prepared to talk about what level you competed up through and your previous gym location & background. You will likely be asked about previous coaching and spotting experience. Be prepared to list specific skills you feel comfortable spotting and giving feedback on. You should also prepare to give them a full schedule of your availability. It is very common to work weekends as a gymnastics coach, so be prepared to tell them if you are comfortable with that. You should also tell them any experience you have with babysitting or teaching kids. They will want to know what age range you are comfortable with coaching.