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What to Wear for a Job Interview (for a Personal Trainer)

What to Wear for a Job Interview (for a Personal Trainer)

Congratulations on securing an interview for a career in fitness! In order to be successful, it’s important to impress your potential employer by wearing the right attire.

As first impressions really count, what you wear is something you can't afford to get wrong. So always go in looking professional; even if the working environment is casual. Remember what you were taught at the Australian Institute of Fitness about presentation and punctuality?!

Many fitness job applicants assume it's acceptable to wear workout clothes or casual attire to a job interview for a career in health and fitness. The general rule of thumb is to dress one step up from what you would be expected to wear when working in that position – unless your hiring manager has requested otherwise.

Depending on the position in a gym or fitness centre, it's very likely that you won't be expected to wear a corporate suit. The only exception is if you're being considered for a managerial role (gym manager), a job in sales and marketing, or administration positions.

Still, never go into a fitness interview showing less respect than you would for any other job. You're not an employee yet and aren't entitled to wear casual clothing, so always go in looking professional. It signifies to potential employers that you take care of yourself, are mature, take the position seriously and can handle challenges.

Dress Smart Casual

Opt for a look that's in between workout gear and a suit. For men, a buttoned up collared shirt and khaki pants with a belt will exude a sharp image. Women can wear a skirt or dress pants with a crisp blouse and closed shoes.

Neat Appearance

Ladies should wear light makeup, trimmed nails, minimal jewellery, and limited perfume. Likewise, men should be cleanly shaven and wear limited cologne with nicely styled hair and polished shoes.

What you wear can really make you stand out from other candidates; especially those in athletic clothing. At the end of the day, a simple phone call to the hiring manager to confirm their expected dress code won’t hurt if you're really unsure.

Get Organised

Don't forget to bring extra copies of your resume as well as a pen to take down notes during the interview. Your notebook should also contain a list of prepared questions to ask. This demonstrates how organised you are and complements your image.

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