Personal Training Job Interview Questions and Job Description

9/27/2023
Alan Cohen

INTERVIEWING QUESTIONS

 

Position: Personal Trainer

Name:

Date:

 

Where are you personal training now? How many hours per week?

 

Why do you want to leave your current employer?

 

What are your goals for the next five years?

 

Will you need additional education to reach these goals?

 

Have you had any sales or telemarketing training?

 

How have you promoted your services?

 

What benefits of personal training do you promote?

 

What promotional materials have you used? Did you create them?

 

What current certifications do you have?

 

Give me an example of a fitness program you would design for someone with cancer? Arthritis? Heart problems?

 

How do you keep track of your client’s progress?

 

What type of organizational tools do you use to keep yourself organized?

 

What special skills could you bring to our club?

 

What continuing education courses or seminars have you attended?

 

How would you define “maintaining a professional image” for a personal trainer?

 

What does “provide excellent customer service” mean to you?

 

Are you familiar with the fitness equipment we have at this club?

 

How many hours of personal training would you like to do per week?

 

What computer skills do you have?

 

Review the job description in detail and then ask if they can perform the essential job functions with or without a reasonable accommodation? If they need accommodations, ask them to write their suggested reasonable accommodations.

 

Are you CPR and AED certified or are you willing to take a certification class?

 

Why do you want to work at this club?

 

Do you have any vacation scheduled?

 
 

PERSONAL TRAINER JOB DESCRIPTION

 

Reports to:

Department:

Certifications:

Employee signature:

Date:

JOB SUMMARY

 

As a personal trainer, you are to provide personalized fitness instruction to members and prospective members and to assist each of your clients to reach their fitness goals in a safe and effective manner.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

 

Follow all club policies and procedures as outlined in the Employee Handbook

 

Review client’s fitness profiles before their training session

 

Maintain detailed client records as required by supervisor

 

Teach and train according to the principles and philosophies of the Fitness Director

 

Promote yourself and personal training through telephone calls to new members, old members and past clients.

 

Give suggestions and ideas for new ways to promote personal training

 

Be punctual for appointments and club meetings

 

Be prompt in providing all required reports and documentation

 

Correctly fill out payroll information and submit in a timely manner

 

Work with member’s physician as needed

 

Know about club activities and promote the to your clients

 

Attend seminars for continuing education regarding fitness screening, uses of new cardiovascular equipment and other appropriate topics

 

Attend seminars on how to sell personal training

 

Maintain records of your client’s appointments and the substance of their sessions

 

Help make each member’s visit to the club a pleasant experience

 

Have a professional appearance and wear name tags at all times

 

Maintain a professional and positive attitude at all times

 

Be a team player

 

Maintain current required certifications

 

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

 

Have a Bachelor of Science degree or a degree in a related field

 

Must have a current training certification from ACE, ACSM, ISSA, or NSCA

 

Must have a minimum of two years personal training experience if you don’t have the degree

 

Needs current CPR certification

 

Needs to be creative and show motivational materials that he/she has used in the past

 

Must have an affinity for the product

 

Needs excellent verbal and promotional skills


PHYSICAL DEMANDS

 

Be able to perform simple math and basic writing skills

 

Have good verbal and written communication skills

 

Be able to see and hear

 

Ability to stand or walk for long periods of time

 

When demonstrating equipment, will need to bend, twist, pull, reach and lift

 

Must be able to put weights back on weight stacks

 

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