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Top 20 Personal Trainer Interview Questions

Question 1 of 21
Tell me about your certifications.
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Question 2 of 21
What do you know about our gym?
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"Careers"
Do some research! Read employee reviews online and ask employees what they like about working there. Check out the company website. Do your share of investigating so that you can give a knowledgeable answer that shows you are invested. Visit the company website to learn key information such as current seasonal promotions and ongoing events. Watch the videos on their website, and take note of the information on their "Careers" page if one is available. Get to know their mission statement, vision statement, and core values so that you can show off your knowledge and ask intelligent questions.
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Question 3 of 21
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Think about all of the other personal trainers who may be applying for the job. What do you have in common? You're all certified, have some experience and a passion for fitness. What else do you have to offer that will add value to the team? How will you go above and beyond the call of duty? Share qualities that will help you to be a better trainer. Your communication skills and knowledge about the human body are essential. If you have any techniques or accomplishments that will stand out to the interviewer, share them!
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Question 4 of 21
Tell me about your previous experience as a personal trainer.
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"I helped a client lose weight by helping them create meal plans and by finding a form of exercise that suited their needs. They didn't like to run, so we focused on weight bearing exercises and stretching."
Rather than recite everything on your resume, explain some of the highlights of your experience. Share what you have learned works for clients and give examples. "I helped a client lose weight by helping them create meal plans and by finding a form of exercise that suited their needs. They didn't like to run, so we focused on weight bearing exercises and stretching." Your success stories will speak volumes to the interviewer and help them to feel confident in your skills.
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Question 5 of 21
How would you define great customer service?
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"Identifying the customer's needs is the first step to great customer service. Once I understand their needs and wants, I can assist them much better. Next, give the customer what they need with a good attitude. Always work to exceed expectations when you can!"
"Identifying the customer's needs is the first step to great customer service. Once I understand their needs and wants, I can assist them much better. Next, give the customer what they need with a good attitude. Always work to exceed expectations when you can!"

Give a definition that shows you understand customer service and what it means to go above and beyond. You can also give a specific example of a time you gave excellent customer service!
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Question 6 of 21
How do you grow your client base?
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Question 7 of 21
What are your career goals?
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Question 8 of 21
How would your former employer describe you?
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Question 9 of 21
Give me three essential exercises you would have any client do? Why are they in your top three?
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Question 10 of 21
How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?
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Question 11 of 21
Why did you decide to become a personal trainer?
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Question 12 of 21
Are you CPR certified?
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Question 13 of 21
How would you set up a training program for a client strictly looking for weight-loss and toning?
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Question 14 of 21
How would you handle a situation with an unhappy coworker?
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Question 15 of 21
What is the best way to test cardiovascular endurance?
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Question 16 of 21
Have you ever helped train a friend? How did that work out?
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Question 17 of 21
What is your personal experience with fitness and working out?
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Question 18 of 21
Tell me about your customer service experience.
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Question 19 of 21
If you could pick a different career other than personal training, which would you pick?
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Question 20 of 21
Tell me about your experience with nutrition.
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Question 21 of 21
What sales experience or training do you have? Would you be willing to get additional sales training?
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About Personal Trainer

December 12th, 2014

A personal trainer is a person who helps people exercise. The scope of practice for a personal trainer is to enhance the components of fitness for the general, healthy population. The five classic components of fitness are muscular strength, muscular endurance, body composition, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility, although there are other subsets like power, skill, and speed. The general population is defined as an age range of 18 to about 50 (45 and younger for males, 55 and younger for females). The definition of healthy in this context means an absence of a disease that would affect one's ability to exercise. Anyone outside that scope of practice should be placed in a trainer's scope after a visit to the doctor to see what kind, if any, exercise they are capable of.

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