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Personal Trainer Interview Tips, (Straight From An Insider’s Point Of View)

Jun 26, 2014 | by AIF

You know you want to be in the fitness industry and you’ve got a qualification, but how can you stand out from the crowd in an interview? Here’s some insider advice from fitness organisations around Australia.

Have a professional resume.

When you are applying for your first role in the industry have your resume on point! Make sure you include your qualifications, insurance and registration details with fitness Australia as a bare minimum, If this is your first job in the fitness industry think of how you can apply your past work experience to being a Personal Trainer.

Present yourself as professional and personable.

A good resume and being well dressed for a first interview goes a long way. There is a saying “dress for the job you want, not the job you have,’ so to make a great first impression and dress to impress. Don’t show up to an interview is sweaty gym gear, dress the way you would to ANY interview. Definitely pack your gym gear so you are prepared in case you are asked to take a PT session, and bring your resume which includes your insurance documents and registration with Fitness Australia certificate.

Win one of the Australian Institute of Fitness’s awards.

We all know that it’s easy enough to impress with a one-hour interview, but it’s the weeks with Australian Institute of Fitness where we find out your true character. When you are studying, on campus or online put your best foot forward and put in the hard work. By taking away the energizer or champion award, you are instantly standing out from the crowd by showing you go above and beyond in every aspect.

Be mature, reliable, and have an outgoing personality.

You should make initial contact with a personalised approach, and do your own research on the company. You should know who the fitness manager or club manager is when you first enquire about positions or when you go into an interview and have a strong understanding about the business you are applying with.

Possess the 3 Ps Perseverance, Passion, Persistence.

They all equal the same thing the willingness to succeed!

Have ambitious goals.

We love people who are willing to put in a few yards for a long-term goal. Passion is the key to your success, so we want people who are doing it for the right reason. It is not just your clients who will be setting goals but you will also be setting goals weekly, monthly, yearly with your fitness/ club manager so start to think where you want your new career to take you!

Have good people skills.

We can teach all the technical stuff, but if someone doesn’t have great communication skills or the confidence to talk to members then you will find starting out in the industry harder.

As a student and a graduate of AIF, you have access to the Career Head-Start Service which gives you unrivalled support by our Coaches to help you make your mark in your new found career!



The Australian Institute of Fitness
The Australian Institute of Fitness (AIF) is the largest and longest established fitness training organisation in Australia, with dynamic training methods and expert course coaches nationwide - spanning fitness, massage and nutrition. The AIF qualifies more fitness professionals than any other provider in Australia, as well as offering a broad range of continuing education courses (CEC), upskilling resources and partnership programs for existing industry.

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Disclaimer: Where Certificate III in Fitness, Cert III/Cert 3, or Fitness Coach is mentioned, it refers to SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness. Where Certificate IV in Fitness, Cert IV/Cert 4, or Personal Trainer is mentioned, it refers to SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness. Where Master Trainer Program™ is mentioned, it refers to Fitness Essentials and SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness. Where Master Trainer Plus+ Program™ is mentioned, it refers to SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness and SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness. Where Certificate IV in Massage or Cert IV/Cert 4 is mentioned, it refers to HLT42021 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy. Where Diploma of Remedial Massage is mentioned, it refers to HLT52021 Diploma of Remedial Massage.

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