Nailing your fitness job interview
Having an excellent CV, loaded with fitness qualifications, that stands out from the crowd will definitely help you get your foot in the door, but once you are in – the job interview, it’s all about you, not your CV.
So I’m going to give you some advice on how to ‘nail that job interview’, helping ensure the best person for the job gets hired …..YOU!
Before the job interview
Research the organisation
When I am interviewing candidates for a position, obviously, I am looking for the best person to carry out the duties outlined in the job description. However, there is a little more to it than that. Spend some time before the interview reading about the organisation online and considering the following:
- What are your values, and how do they align with the organisation?
- How would you help contribute to the long term vision of the organisation?
- Do you believe in their mission, and why?
- How could you be an upbeat personality to add to the team?
- Can you add a new dimension that will help the organisation grow?
This goes without saying, but it amazes me how many people still aren’t punctual when they come for a job interview. I understand that trains are delayed, and traffic can be bad, but make sure you leave home, allowing enough time for delays and bad traffic. Yes, I know it means you will probably get there really early but take a book or spend that time researching the company on your phone. Just DO NOT BE LATE. As far as I am concerned, if you are late, you are on negative points before your interview has even begun. It tells me that you don’t value punctuality, have poor time management, are not a forward thinker, and the job isn’t that important to you.
Dress like a winner
First impressions are crucial. Looks can be deceiving, but rightly or wrongly, we can already form an opinion of somebody before actually getting to know that person just by how they look. Wear a clean suit that fits you properly, a nice pair of shoes, and a smart haircut.
During the job interview
Have confidence (not arrogance)
When you walk into the organisation and the interview room, make sure you stand tall and walk with a good upright posture. Smile at everyone you interact with, especially everyone in the interview room, and give a firm handshake to everyone you are introduced to.
Remember your manners
Be polite always. If you are offered a drink, don’t forget your please and thank you’s. Make a good impression.
If I am interviewing someone, they might tick every box, but if they just aren’t likeable, I’m going to be reluctant to employ this person. I need to be confident that my customers will like them, the other staff will like them, and if I am going to have to spend time with this person myself, I need to like them. If you aren’t naturally a likeable person, I strongly suggest you work on this. There are plenty of books on being more likeable which may be helpful, but you can’t go too wrong if you just demonstrate a kind and helpful nature, avoid moaning and negativity and develop a good sense of humour. Make it your number one goal because it will seriously hold you back if you don’t.
Now go and nail that job interview!