Interviews can last for hours, or sometimes even bleed into a second day, with the former league executive saying his lasted four hours on average, and another saying they sometimes had split sessions with the GM talking to a coach one day and other members of the front office engaging the coach the next day without the executive present.
“Some coaches are great interviewers and not-so-great coaches,” Grunwald said. “I’m not going to say who, but I fell victim to that.”
Interviews can be strenuous. Executives have said it’s routine to ask a coach to draw out plays, like early offense or defensive coverages, on a whiteboard. Those moments can be used as a test of their Xs and Os fluency or to see how they teach.