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“Ask a friend to pretend to be an interviewer and ask you these questions. Keep practicing until you can answer without pausing or struggling. But be careful to not sound like a robot reciting from a memorized script.” (about me)

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Personal Trainer
Interview Questions

Once you have polished your resume, you can browse and apply for jobs on our Personal Training Job Board.

The next step is to develop your job interview skills by reviewing our job interview tips and practicing with the personal trainer interview questions. We have compiled a list of potential questions you might encounter in a job interview. Its a good idea to have an answer to these questions in advance. It's really easy to say something stupid if you get caught off guard by a question.

Remember to share your experience with personal trainer job interviews and give your tips on how to best answer these questions.

Getting Hired at a Gym

Practice personal trainer interview questions

What Certifications do you have?

How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?

Why do you want to be a personal trainer?

What experience do you have with customer service?

What is your personal experience with fitness and working out?

Are you CPR certified? When does it expire?

Tell me about an experience you had serving an unhappy customer. What did you do?

A client complains that she injured her arm during your last training session. What do you do?

How will you find new clients to train?


Getting Hired by a Client

Practice personal trainer interview questions

Do you have insurance?

What do you think about ________(insert latest fad)?

Why should I work out with a personal trainer?

Won't I get the same results working out on my own or taking an exercise class?

I downloaded some training programs on my ipod. How is working with you different?

Do you have references from previous clients?

What is your refund policy?

How much does it cost?

Why did you decide to become a personal trainer?


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General Questions

Practice personal trainer interview questions

You should be prepared for these common questions during the job interview.

  • Why should we hire you instead of somebody else?
  • What is your greatest strength...and the classic followup...your greatest weakness?
  • Give me an example of how you work while under pressure
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • What are your salary requirements?
  • Do you have references?

Personal trainer interview questions

At the end of most job interviews you will be given a chance to ask questions. Remember you are interviewing your prospective employer too. You don't want to work just anywhere so come prepared with at least two questions to ask. Make sure you have a few spares ready in case the question was answered during the interview.

  • What benefits do you offer?
  • How do you encourage trainers in continuing education?
  • Do you have incentive or commission programs?
  • What is the ideal personal trainer like for your business?

Have you come across a tough question in an interview? Do you have a good answer to one of the questions above? You can share your experience below.

Wondering how to get through your personal trainer job interview?

You can ask your questions below or share your personal stories about interviewing for personal trainer jobs.

Personal Training Job Interview Discussion

Check out what other personal trainers are saying about their job interviews. Jump in and share your views and answer questions.

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