So, you look the part, you’ve got that well-earned Gym Instructor qualification on paper and an attitude that says “Fitness career.. here I come!”
When it comes to nailing that first job interview, sadly, a well-toned physique and a piece of paper won’t necessarily bag you the job!
Whilst you of course have significant knowledge of the gym floor and a great personality, the bottom line employers look for when hiring a gym instructor is if you can help make them money!
Selling yourself as someone who not only works with gym members, but also helps to keep them, will stand you in good stead to land that job within the gym of your dreams.
A few tips on handling the job interview…
Do Your Research
Don’t wait until after you’ve finished your gym instructor course or bagged your qualification to start contacting potential employers. Visit gyms or health clubs you fancy working and try out the facilities for a day to get a feel for how they go about their business.
Sign up for a fitness class and work out next to other gm instructors to see if the gym has a training style that suits your own. Make note of areas you could add value, as well as things that impress you (interviewers like compliments as well as suggestions!)
Meet with the gym’s manager if you can. Introduce yourself and let them know you’re currently studying for your gym instructor qualification. Ask what they look for in a potential employee. Knowing the club’s culture and employee traits will help you to position yourself as a valuable addition to the business.
Think Up A Few Marketing Ideas
A great gym insructor must know how to keep members safe, engaged and coming back. Aside from having a killer personality and the ability to make new friends, you’ll need an amount of marketing savvy behind you to help the club retain members.
Offer your own ideas for marketing the club. They may very well have their own marketing team, though if you can show your passion for keeping the club’s retention rates high, you may just cut above the competition.
Whilst many job seekers leave the references until after the interview, and only if they receive an offer, sharing your references is an easy way of selling yourself! Gather a few testimonials from previous employers to shout about your passion, dedicated and hard work ethic.
Try to gather a list of varied references which include details of your skills, experience and credentials, as opposed to a list of folk that would “Highly recommend you due to your excellent skills blah blah blah…”
Whist working within a gym setting will likely mean coming into work in your sweat pants, make the extra effort for the interview itself. Rocking up in your tracksuit doesn’t scream ‘professional’, ‘interview’ or ‘career-driven’. We’re not saying to go for the full blown suit and tie, but first appearances make a lasting impact, and you want to be remembered!
And finally… be you. An interviewer will want to see the person that will be working with their valued club members, not the formal interview-style bundle of nerves.
Stay relaxed and maintain a professional but friendly tone. If you come across as approachable and patient to the interviewer, this will signal your approachable and patient manner with members. All the makings of a winning gym instructor.