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Personal Trainer Interview Questions
1. Tell me about your certifications.
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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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Personal Trainer Interview Questions
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Why are you the best candidate for us?
 
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I will always strive to better myself. To be given this opportunity I hope I will be seen as an asset who is motivated, positive and can work well on his own aswell as a group. I intend to grow and prosper in everything I do and that includes this company. This business comes across as a a great career move for me. It has everything to offer that other gym companies dont, it works with clients more intimately and is seen to have first rate psoitive results and that is the kind of team I want to join and help grow.
 
2.
Ive lived a life. I have loads of life experience and have been doing physical activity to a high level for over 30 years.
 
3.
I am the best candidate because my experience and knowledge has led me here. I am eager to put my skills into practise and help people reach their goals.
 
4.
Because I'm here trying to figure out if you are the best canidate for m.
 
5.
I have amazing customer service I live and breath fitness and think I can share with clients my knowledge.
 
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What are your career goals?
 
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My two main goals as a personal trainer are to give 100% of my knowledge and dedication to my clients to help them grow and meet their goals, while being there for them as a friend and someone they can count on. Second, to strive to learn every day whether its from experiences or reading and education. From this foundation, everything will fall into place and I will continue to grow and find great opportunities in the future.
 
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My main motivation is to bring changed to people's lives, to improve their bodies, minds and lifestyle in general. As a personal trainer, I am more interested in the individual trainings rather then group ones. I am interested in developing individal programs and have individual approach to every client, developing unique training programs in order to reach the bet results, given specific conditions of every client. I want to become a well known personal trainer. - group exercise - personal training - programming/fitness management - club ownership.
 
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I would like to help people gain confidence and good health by learning to work out. I would like to focus on people that are new to working out and people like me that are in recovery from cancer and just starting to work out again.
 
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To give people the body they wanted, to make them happy.
 
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My goals are to train and develop in other areas of health and fitness such as sports massage. I would like to be able to offer a full package. My short term goals are to develop a client base and continue to grow it.
 
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Tell me about your previous experience as a personal trainer.
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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No I do not. But I have worked out and played sports.
 
2.
Going to gym every day and helping other people.
 
3.
I have helped myself and others such as my mother and my best friends to reach their health and fitness goals. I developed and planned and delivered training sessions.
 
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Unfortunatly I do not. I have trained friends while I was studying but I'm afraid that is as far as my experience goes. The only thing I need is to have someone give me the opportunity to prove I can do this.
 
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The hands-on modules during classes.
 
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How would you define great customer service?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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To be positive and approachable. Understanding and encouraging. demonstrate the difference between won't, can't and try.
 
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Listening to a clients needs and working with them to achieve their goals.
 
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Great customer service comes from showing up for work every day with a smile on your face and a great attitude from start to finish. Always showing interest in your clients and giving them the utmost respect and attention.
 
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To anticipate what the customer wants before they want it. And try to satisfy them.
 
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Listen, be polite, give solution, help to their target.
 
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How do you grow your client base?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I used very techniques, on of them is program, I stay dedicated to my clients and I suport them, I will increase my clientel in my own way, which is : tell them to work hard and stay dedicate, to believe in yorself, and never give up on your dremas etc.
 
2.
Have an you tube page and do short videos on instagram and get clients to allow me to do before and after photos.
 
3.
Adding Silver Sneakers type workouts.
 
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I would make my presence known in the facility and offer free assessments.
 
5.
Creativity of effective routine and planning.
 
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What do you know about our gym?
 
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Its a high intensity interval training center. The 30 minute boot camps are perfect for busy life styles. You also provide nutrition consultation.
 
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You are the leading personal trainer management company. You have 700 trainers across 400 gyms at 54 locations.
 
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It is a luxury gym where the whole family can come and enjoy some activity.
 
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It's a start up in Doha with a special touch.
 
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Been open for over a year, memberships are month-month and yals gym is beautiful.
 
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How would your former employer describe you?
 
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Friendly, encouraging, approachable, passionate.
 
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Hard worker with a great work ethic, friendly with great customer service.
 
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Always willing to help and put in all the work above and beyond.
 
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Punctual, knowledgeable, willingness to learn, dedicated, friendly, genuine, sincere, committed to what I'm focusing on.
 
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Hardworking, trustworthy, funny, reliable.
 
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Give me three essential exercises you would have any client do? Why are they in your top three?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Push ups, cardio, weight training.
 
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Strength, endurance, functional - they give balance.
 
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Squats - many variations for strong legs, glutes, core - help with daily living. Also create an anabolic environment which helps the entire body build muscle. press ups - increase functional strength with full body activation and help strengthen core burpees - The burpee is a full body strength training exercise and the ultimate example of functional fitness. Arms chest quads abs glutes hamstrings.
 
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Deadlift or squat, pushup/bench and row variations, paloff holds.
 
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Squats-great full body exercise lunges-not only are they great for your legs but they are also great for balance planks- core strength is extremely important whether it is for daily life or exercise.
 
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How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?
 
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I am researching videos and online also I ask the people what they like prefer to do when they are at the gym or I ask my pt friends.
 
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By reading magazines, books and talking to other personal trainers and taking classes.
 
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Magazines, books, social media, fitness news.
 
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By staying active in the community and constantly learning knew things.
 
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I browse online for fitness variation techniques.
 
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Why did you decide to become a personal trainer?
 
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I have decided because I wanted to change my life and get involved in a fitness industry when I am going to the gym there is the only place where I find peace in mymind, Ireally like work out and be with people at the same time.
 
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I love to help people become healthy and active.
 
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I love to help people feeling better but themselves.
 
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Its what I havr always wanted to do.
 
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Love gym and choices gym give to me, helping.
 
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Are you CPR certified?
 
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I completed my BLS course, including CPR and AED, this July.
 
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I have first aid training.
 
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I formerly was, and I could get recertified. N
 
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No, I was once though, but didn't keep up with it ufnortunately.
 
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Yes I completed my CPR C with AED and First Aid training in October last year.
 
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What is the best way to test cardiovascular endurance?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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There few test for example sit up test or bench step heart rate test.
 
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In a lab style setting with equipment to record your vo2 max. without equipment for regular people, something like the cooper run or the rockport walk measuring either heart rate or distance.
 
3.
Bruce, Modified bruce, ramped protocol, cycle ergometer test. 1.5 mile run. 12 min run.
 
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VO2 max testing, beep test,
 
5.
Find the target heart rate.
 
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How would you handle a situation with an unhappy coworker?
 
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Listen to their views and refer to a person who is in charge of customer service. Be compassionate and understanding and let them know that their feedback is appreciated and taken on board.
 
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I would try to talk to the co-worker and find out what the reasoning for it is. If it's something that I'm doing wrong I would try to fix it.
 
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Talk to them and try and see what is troubling them.
 
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I would ask about what is the problem if I can help to him or her somehow.
 
5.
Asking, good advice and listen.
 
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Have you ever helped train a friend? How did that work out?
 
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Yes I usually give advice for my colleges these really useful I also try encourage them.
 
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Yes I have helped several.. It went great they all have appreciated it and have continued to live a healthy life syle.
 
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Yes, turns out better than I expected.
 
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They like gym but not qualified.
 
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Yes, many times. It was fun and successful. Most notably I helped my mum. We needed to bring her cholesterol down so there was activity and nutrition that had to be implemented.
 
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How would you set up a training program for a client strictly looking for weight-loss and toning?
 
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I would have them do a circuit training program.
 
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Start with squats 3-4 sets of 6-10 reps deadlifts push ups rows all for same set and reps.
 
3.
I would set up 12 week short medium long term the first 4 weeks 5times in a gym and 2 of them cv and the rest resistant work out, the next 4 weeks I would say 4 days a week in a gym 1 or 2 cv day the rest free weight or resistant such as pyramid ascending , the next 4 weeks 4 days training mixed.
 
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4 times a week, HIIT, functional training with weights.
 
5.
Cardio and resistance training.
 
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What is your personal experience with fitness and working out?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I enjoy working out, and wake up every morning at 5:00 to work out. It has become something of a ritual yet a way where I find peace, and have fun at the same time.
 
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I love to work out be healthy its a life style.
 
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My personal experience is if you are keep going to gym you are able to lose weight get toned or shaped.
 
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I've been working out for over 6 years myself and I'm planning to start competeing.
 
5.
Get fit and get confident.
 
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Tell me about your customer service experience.
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I worked with people with developmental disabilities, worked as a waiter during rush hours, and taught as a tutor.
 
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I have been in customer service industry for the past 24 years.
 
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I am a chef so I have quit huge experience about that I need communicate and focus on customer every single day.
 
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I've been working in a store where customer service is key.
 
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Lots! my first proper job was a manager at gap in bath. gap is focussed on customers and trained me how to be the same. i think its also a sort of personality thing - im not someone who goes to my gym as a member and ignores people or doesnt help someone. Its not something I have to switch on.
 
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If you could pick a different career other than personal training, which would you pick?
 
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I would not pick any other maybe I would go to the army.
 
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Group fitness instructor.
 
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I think I would choose to be a nutritionist or physical therapist because you are still helping people achieve their goals but in a different way.
 
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I'd live to be a aerial artist in circ de souiel . I'd like to own a business or to be a professior.
 
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A rehabilitation therapist because it would still involve the aspects of designing a training program to help an individual get back to normal functioning of their daily routines.
 
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Tell me about your experience with nutrition.
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I took a nutrition course in college.
 
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It was covered in my CPT course I also read many books on nutrition.
 
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Basic requirment based aroun d healthy eating guidelines.
 
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Just the nutrition classes that were offered in my program.
 
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During the training education for my certification, we learned about the nutrients and metabolism.
 
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What sales experience or training do you have? Would you be willing to get additional sales training?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes I would be happy about that. I have not got experience like that.
 
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My role at gap was very sales based and oriented. I enjoy a sales goal. Willing and happy for more training.
 
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I have not had experience yet but I am more than willing to get training.
 
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I have 3 years of sales and marketing and of cause additional knowledge will be good.
 
5.
Don't have sales experience. Yes.
 
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