My first interview as a personal trainer, and I have questions

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    Jun 10, 2007 11:38 PM GMT
    any one that has been through interviews for a personal trainer positon, I would really like some advise on a couple things and what to expect, so I can prepare better. one question (and thank God for this gay fitness site)WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? LOL. Do I wear a traditonal interview attire (suit), or do I wear fitness clothing. Should I be expected to show my knowledge at the interview, as in doing exercises, so I know NOT to workout that day. how indepth can thier question get. what about the pay, how much should i expect to be offer, i know its base pay plus commision, what % of the commison should i expect. any other info that i may not ahve asked about would also be very much appricated. BTW my certification is through ISSA. how good does that look as far as accreditation? Thanks
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    Jun 10, 2007 11:57 PM GMT
    I would say to go check out the place that you are applying and mimick the dress code. Be yourself. They may ask you to show them a routine but they will not want to see you work out.

    Don't expect a huge salary, most of the trainers make just above minimum wage. The money will come once you get known and are hired privatly.
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    Jun 11, 2007 2:23 AM GMT
    Thanks for the info. any addtional would be welcomed!
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    Jun 11, 2007 9:36 AM GMT
    It depends to a great extent on where you're trying to get started. A contract factory like 24-Hour Fitness or Bally's or a more serious place World Gym or Powerhouse or some kind of independent athletic club.

    Some organziations want you there basically to sell add-on services, and could care less about your certification - only that you have one. Some are actually looking for trainers.

    When my partner, who is ISSA certified, first approached a local chain gym, they didn't have ISSA on their list of approved certifying agencies. He reported this to ISSA, and his contact there called the gym owner, provided him with literature and discussed ISSA with him - ISSA was added to the list, and my partner has been a trainer there ever since.

    More important than the specifics of what you wear is that you be neatly groomed, free of strong colognes or other scents, and look approachable and friendly.

    If you intend to make training your profession, be clear about that. If this is something you're doing while working on your doctorate in biochemistry or something - just keep quiet on your long-term ambitions. ;)

    Good luck!
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    Jun 13, 2007 11:35 PM GMT
    great Thanks for the advice