When interviewing for a position as a personal trainer, it is helpful to prepare in advance by thinking of answers to questions that you are most likely to be asked. In addition to asking about your previous experience, interviewers may question you about your training methods, philosophy and ability to work well with a variety of clients.
There are many different approaches to training and wellness, and your prospective employer will want to know if your philosophy is compatible with its own approach and the image it wishes to project to potential clients. Before your interview, think about your approach to training clients and why you believe it will fit in well with the prospective employer's overall atmosphere. Some employers may also be looking to bring in a trainer with a slightly different outlook. It is best to be honest when answering questions about your training philosophy. If your style is entirely incompatible with the position you are interviewing for, it is better to know about it now.
Whether your position will involve motivating clients who are just beginning their fitness journey or training experienced athletes aiming to achieve their maximum potential, employers want to see that you are able to be flexible and adapt to the needs of individual clients. A trainer who insists on a "my way or the highway" approach is difficult to work with and is not likely to attract or retain clients. Indicate to the interviewer that although you have a thought-out philosophy, you are able to listen to your clients and develop individualized plans that meet their needs.
Dealing With Clients
In your position as a personal trainer, you will encounter clients that are not easy to work with. Whether they have multiple health problems or just difficult personalities, you will have to learn how to communicate effectively and develop a plan that is appropriate for each client. Be ready to give the interviewer some examples of how you interacted with a difficult client and came up with a positive resolution. Your interviewer is likely to ask follow-up questions, so be sure you can coherently explain your methods and thought processes along the way.
In addition to the qualities that make you a great trainer, a prospective employer will also want to know how you fit into its specific culture. Before your interview, research your prospective workplace and learn about its fitness culture, its target client demographic and what it wishes for its clients to accomplish. Be prepared to give a comprehensive explanation of how your abilities, accomplishments and approach make you a great candidate that will embody the company's values and project a positive image. Your answer should reflect your desire to help your clients achieve their health and fitness goals and your belief that this company's approach is a great way to do that.
To further ascertain how you will fit in at the company, your interviewer may ask you about your future career goals and what you think you will be doing in several years. A good answer will show that you plan to commit to your employer and that you have a realistic picture of your potential progress there. Do not talk about personal goals that are not relevant to your profession as a personal trainer, although achieving personal fitness goals may be relevant in this context.
A personal trainer interviewing for a new position should be prepared to answer questions about past experience and demonstrate that he or she is committed to making a positive impact on clients' lives. Employers also want to assess your ability to fit into the company culture as well as whether your demeanor will attract and retain the sort of client they want. Researching and preparing for your interview will enable you to answer effectively and make a great impression.