“You never get a second chance to make a first impression”. Personal perception is extremely important in the personal training and spa services profession. Whether you are interviewing for a role at a fitness club or interacting with candidates to build your clientele, how you are perceived in the eyes of your prospects will go a long way in determining whether you get that job or lose that potential client.
Dress for Success
Wearing appropriate business attire is the first step in building a respectable and potentially lucrative relationship with potential employers and/or clients. Wearing a suit exudes professionalism and builds a since of confidence with clients that may already be skeptical about taking a leap of faith with someone they may know very little about. Personal training and massage therapy sessions are already considered to have bad raps as touchy careers for fitness and massage therapist, no pun indented, so starting out in a positive will go a very long way at balancing out any preconceived negative misconceptions. Try putting yourself in the client’s position as you recruit future clients and as you are interviewing for a job.
What to Wear
When you walk into an interview, the first judgment an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. You don’t want to make a good first impression; you want to make a great one. That’s why it’s always important to dress professionally for a job interview, even if the work environment is casual. The candidate dressed in a suit and tie is going to make a much better impression than the candidate dressed in scrubs or body clinging spandex.
Men’s Interview Attire
Here is the suggested interview dress attire for men that will make a great impression for a potential employer or repeat client:
Men should wear a solid color suit, preferable a navy or dark gray. Black is never a good idea unless interviewing for Men in Black or better yet, a funeral home. Where a long sleeved shirt, white or coordinated with the suit. Make sure the suit and shirt are clean or neatly pressed and free of stains. Always wear a belt and a tie, without them the entire outfit would look incomplete. Wear dark socks and conservative leather shoes; please do not wear sneakers or sports shoes with a nice suit. Finish off your preparations with limited aftershave or cologne (none be better), and neatly trimmed nails and a nice professional haircut.
Women’s Interview Attire
Again, wear a nice suit, solid in color, with navy blue or dark grey being the colors of choice. The suit skirt should be long enough for you to sit comfortably. Coordinate the blouse and wear conservative shoes with neutral colored pantyhose. Wear limited jewelry including no dangling earring or arms full of bracelets. And remember, no jewelry is better than cheap jewelry. Finish off your preparations with light make-up and perfume and neatly manicured nails.
Follow these basic interview dress recommendations and you’ll be dressed for success. You’ll be positioning yourself at an advantage to get the spa job of your dreams, or get that perfect client, and be well on your way to a prosperous and fulfilling future in the fitness and wellness arena.