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Young girl doing pilates exercises with a reformer bed. Beautiful slim fitness trainer on reformer gray background, low key, art light. Fitness conceptSo you’ve completed your pilates certification and are no doubt excited to begin your career. But before you enter the field, you’ll need to convince someone you’re the right fit for the job. It’s not as daunting as it sounds when you have put in the work. The following tips can help you prepare for your interview and make a great first impression:

1. Get mentally prepared.

Make sure you understand the format of the interview. What skills will you need to demonstrate? Will there be live participants in the audition? What kind of sound system does the facility have? What equipment will be available on site? It’s a good idea to stop by the facility in advance if possible to scope it out. Last, don’t forget to research the organization’s website and social media to get a feel for their culture, mission and values.

2. Summarize your skills

This is your time to shine! Create a resume that sells your training and experience in the fitness field as well as any other marketable work history and skills. List your certifications, training and career highlights. Email your resume and LinkedIn profile to the hiring manager before your interview so they have time to review your qualifications ahead of time.

3. Dress for success

First impressions count. While the fitness industry has a different dress code than the corporate world, you still need to be mindful of appearance. After all, you want to come across as professional. Wear modest yet comfortable clothing so you’re focused less on how you look and more on your capabilities. Make sure your hair is out of your face.

4. Demonstrate your skills

This one is all about mindset. Act as though your audition is a regular class. In other words, give safety cues and modifications just as you would if you were teaching a live class. The goal is to show that you can hold the attention of clients and feel comfortable in the studio.

5. Ask questions

Prepare questions in advance that indicate you’ve done your homework and take this opportunity seriously. For instance, you might ask if they offer financial assistance or incentives for continuing education. Do you need to carry professional liability insurance?

Doing your due diligence can mean the difference between a “meh” and extraordinary interview. Remember: Each interview is a growth opportunity that can get you closer to your ultimate goal. By the way, if you’re interested in diving deeper into this topic, we recommend you check out Episode 57 of the podcast!