Though massage therapy is seen as a relatively casual industry, you, as a LMT, should still present yourself as an educated professional when you interview for a massage therapy job. Being prepared is extremely important when conducting a sit-down, face-to-face interview and a practical massage interview which relates you as a client.
It goes without saying, always highlight the positive aspects of your education, experience, and character in a job interview or initial session with client. There are a number of other practices a LMT should take in preparing for bringing out your best in an interview. Let’s bring them to your attention.
- Dress in business casual or professional. Slacks and a nice shirt are appropriate, or a modest, professional dress is another option for women.
- Research the potential employer. Ask around in the community, check with the Better Business Bureau and inquire within the ranks of the American Massage Therapy Association (see Resource).
- Arrive on time. This is critical; being on time speaks far more about your commitment and professionalism than anything else you might say during the interview.
- Come prepared with a copy of your resume in hand, even if you don’t have work experience as a massage therapist. List your credentials and any practical experience or training you had as a massage student. Letters of recommendation from previous employers, even if they had little or nothing to do with massage therapy, may also highlight positive aspects of your dependability.
- Relax and smile. Be prepared with one- or two-sentence answers to basic questions like what sort of massage you do, where and when you received training and from whom and your reasons for seeking that particular job.
- Expect to answer the questions why did you study massage therapy, and why do you want to work as a massage therapist?
- Be prepared for a massage interview after the sit-down interview. Treat the employer as if she were a typical client. Make sure to go through all the steps, including intake and education, before the actual massage. And relax–remember, you’re a professional; that’s why you’ve made it this far in the interview process.
- Interview the employer. Make sure you have a clear understanding of how the job would be structured. Will you be an employee or an independent contractor? Will you be required to sign a non-compete clause? Will the employer provide all the clients, or will you be required to drum up your own?
- Speak to your interviewer in a confident fashion. Sit up straight, make eye contact and always think before you speak. Speak with a moderate pace and pleasant tone. Avoid using slang, incomplete sentences and filler words, including “um,” “like” and “you know.”
- Show that this is a job you really want. Be assertive and communicative on how you will help the employer by providing a consistent professional service while bringing in new clients, as well as, how you work well with other LMTs and staff.
- End the interview on a pleasant tone. Thank the interviewer for his time. Request the interviewer’s contact information or business card to use for your follow-up information and thank-you letter.
Live these best practices daily and you will see yourself finding the exact employer and environment for your career in Massage Therapy. Good luck!