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Decades Old, Another Industry But These Job Application Tips are Solid!


Ogilvy on Advertising‘ is essential reading for anyone in the advertising industry. What’s that? How has a book on advertising made it into a fitness industry recruitment blog? Beyond its timeless lessons on advertising, there is a small but excellent section on applying for jobs. And despite being more than 30 years old and from another industry, David Ogilvy’s lessons on applying for jobs remain as relevant as ever.  Continue reading

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What to Wear to a Personal Training Interview


Preparing for a Personal Training interview can have an element of uncertainty about it.

You want to show that you respect the role and the people you’re meeting with, but what if they ask you to demonstrate an exercise or two? You don’t want to be hitting the deck or dropping a few squats in your professional skirt or best suit.

So what’s the answer?

When I put the question to David Aitchison, Cluster Manager for Goodlife Health Clubs, he said…

“The expected dress for all roles would be corporate attire. That is, for guys, shirt and pants, for girls, skirt or pants with shirt/ blouse.”

Similarly, Jason Clark, National Personal Training Manager for Snap Fitness said…

“One on one Interviews I prefer smart casual. Group Interviews I might ask for active wear as they could be doing a physical component. I’ll inform them of this though”

I, too, advise office attire, especially in the initial meeting. It’s quite possible you will be more formally presented than the interviewer. This is to be expected. You’re not dressing based on what you think people in the club are wearing. Your goal is to show respect for the role and the interviewer and make sure your first impression is a good one.

But what if you’ve dressed corporate for the initial interview and the hiring manager wants to put you through some paces? Well, whether you take part is up to you. But there is an easier way to avoid the problem…

When requested to come in for an interview, assume nothing. Ask whether you should dress for a standard interview or whether you should come prepared for physical activity.

What if, in your excitement at getting an interview, you forget to ask whether there will be physical activity component? (or maybe you feel uncomfortable asking the question?)

No problem, dress in your corporate attire and pack your best gym gear to change into – just in case.

I wish you every success with your next interview.

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