How to bring out your best in an interview

80608276Though 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.

  1. Dress in business casual or professional. Slacks and a nice shirt are appropriate, or a modest, professional dress is another option for women.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Expect to answer the questions why did you study massage therapy, and why do you want to work as a massage therapist?
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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.”
  10. 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.
  11. 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!