Personal Training Job Interview Questions and Job Description

Alan Cohen



Position: Personal Trainer




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?




Reports to:



Employee signature:




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.



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




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



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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