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» How to ace the 10 minute interview : 07 Jan 2013

Six essential interview tips, Set yourself up for the New Year : 14 Dec 2012

As the clock ticks towards Christmas there appears to be a general push to set things up for the New Year. The number of jobs and applications remains high, if you are thinking about new opportunities in 2013, no sense in waiting, get things underway!

As I write, we have a whole raft of ads for Personal Trainers and Managers for Jetts facilities in various locations. Follow the link to see what's available.

This weeks article was inspired by Jodie Arnot (Healthy Balance Fitness). After last week's article (What Employers Want To See On Your CV) she mentioned that some CVs are overstating the experience of the candidate, a situation that becomes all too obvious in the interview (point 4 below). She also cautioned applicants on being TOO relaxed in an interview. You may reveal more than you intended!

Have a great week and enjoy the article...

When you're pitching for the next gig, keep in mind these six tips for making the best impression in the job interview...

1. Always be punctual.
Allow yourself enough time to get to the interview, taking the address and the traffic into consideration. You only get one chance at a first impression and many employers are unlikely to forgive tardiness at the first meeting.


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2. Dress well for the job interview.
The bulk of communication is body language and, unless you nailed the phone interview, the unavoidable first impression is going to come from what you're wearing. NOTE: You may be heading to the gym for the interview but professionalism is still paramount. Ergo, dress for the interview, not for the gym!

3. Offer up a firm handshake.
When you meet the interviewer, smile and shake hands firmly. Look the person directly in the eye and say, “Pleased to meet you” A good handshake is full and firm, where you grasp the entire hand and squeeze in a firm but non-aggressive way. Both men and women should give a full-palm handshake when they meet a person for the first time.

4. Be ready for specific questions about your experience
Fitness employers are not easily fooled. If you have indicated experience or expertise on your CV, you can be certain that detailed questions will be asked. If you have embellished in any way, it will become obvious. If this happens, your credibility is heading south. Fast.

5. Keep in mind that the fitness industry is VERY small.
When you go into an interview, be aware that your reputation may precede you. As Jodie Arnot says "The fitness industry is really small and job seekers might be surprised how well a lot of business owners/recruiters/managers know each other.  Acting professionally, honestly and ethically is imperative."


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6. Interview the interviewer.
Most interviewers start off with a series of questions that are aimed at drawing you out and getting a better idea of who you are. You should take control of the interview by asking questions about the business, the industry, and the kind of person that the interviewer is looking for. The more questions you ask, the easier it is to uncover the needs of the employer. With this information you're better equipped to demonstrate that you're the kind of person who can fulfil those needs.

Truth be told, your current job should be approached with the attitude that it's a drawn out interview for the next job.

Have a great week. Send through your Christmas list, I'll share the results (not confirmed, but I believe Santa could be a subscriber).

Regards, Dennis Hosking

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How to ace the 10 minute interview : 07 Jan 2013

Welcome to 2013! If you're still on holiday, here's some light summer reading for you.

It's already business as usual at HealthyPeople. In the last two days we've posted 35 new jobs for a variety of positions all over Australia. We are also perilously close to releasing a new site that will allow employers to connect with fitness graduates from RTO, TAFE and University courses all over Australia. If you'd like to be kept in the loop on this new service, click here to send an email to

There's a lot of big things happening in the health and fitness industry this year. We look forward to giving you the early mail as well as all the insight you need to ensure a flourishing fitness career.

Enjoy today's article and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

We know there isn’t much time to make a positive impression during an interview.
Even worse, there is something called the 'Halo effect' that means even the rest of your interview is likely to be viewed in relation to the first impression. That is, start well and you may be forgiven any short-comings that arise later in the interview. Start poorly however, and those same short-comings are viewed as reinforcing the original opinion!

How can you make the most of the little time you have? Here are some tips:

Arrive on time.
Although no one tries to be late, it’s easy to find yourself scrambling around the morning of your interview as the meeting time draws closer.

One way to ensure you’re not late is to aim to arrive half an hour early. You’ll give yourself some leeway in case traffic is worse than expected or you get lost.

If you find you have time to spare, use it to review your résumé, check your appearance in the restroom and make sure your cell phone has been turned off before stepping into the employer’s office. Show up five to 10 minutes before the interview is scheduled to start to prove that you’re punctual.


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Bring reinforcements.
Don’t arrive to the interview empty handed. Bring extra copies of your résumé and anything else to support your application. Prepare a list of references in case the interviewer requests this information (remember, check with referees first).

You could also pack a notepad and pen to jot down key points about the job or company. These details will come in handy when crafting a thank-you note to the hiring manager and when evaluating the opportunity if you’re offered the role.

Shake hands like you mean it.
It sounds cliché, but a firm, confident handshake is important. Many employers suggest a weak handshake can be a mark against potential hires.

Not sure if your handshake passes muster? Practice with a friend ahead of time. Another tip: Smile as you shake hands. It’ll reaffirm the self-assured attitude you’re trying to convey.

Don’t skip the small talk.
One of the best ways to build immediate rapport with a potential employer is with small talk. Make a point to comment about the traffic, the weather or your weekend plans. Avoid sensitive topics and jokes. As the name implies, small talk should take up only a little of the total conversation. Look to the hiring manager for a cue that it’s time to talk business.

Assess your surroundings. Once seated in the interview room, take a moment to survey your surroundings, especially if you’re meeting in the hiring manager’s office. Photos, diplomas, mementos and other items can tell you a lot about the person on the other side of the desk. You may learn of shared interests or experiences that you can reference to establish a more lasting connection.


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Slow down.
It's understandable to be a bit nervous ? at least on the inside. As a result you may talk more quickly than normal. If this is the case, force yourself to take a breath and calm down. Give yourself a moment to compose your thoughts before responding. Then, speak clearly and at a comfortable pace. Try to maintain as natural a tone as possible. Take another breath if you start to speed up again. And don't feel compelled to fill any dead air space. Sometimes less is more. Prattling on can detract from your main message and may lead to revealing more about yourself than intended.

Watch your body language.
Body language plays a significant role in the message you convey. For example, wiggling your foot, biting your nails or frantically clicking the pen in your hand will make you seem nervous, bored or distracted ? and likely annoy the hiring manager.

Sit tall and strike a confident pose. Look the interviewer in the eye when speaking (but don't treat it like competition to see who blinks first).

Enjoy every interview as an opportunity to meet an industry leader and learn something new. If you get the job, that's great. In the very least, you'll be a better person for having gone through the process.

Enjoy the sunshine.


Dennis Hosking

This article was inspired by this one by Robert Half International

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