Interview Tips for Massage Therapists

Interview Tips for Massage Therapists

Although many individuals choose massage therapy because it is a field that allows them to become self-employed or start their own businesses, just as many new graduates enter the regular workforce, seeking employment in established clinics, spas, and cruise lines.

While things like benefits, a good salary, and regular work hours makes these types of massage positions appealing, you will have to work a little to get there. Depending on where you live, competition for these massage jobs could be pretty high, and

Spend Some Time on Your Resume: Sure, applying for a massage therapist position isn’t quite the same as trying to get hired at a Fortune 500 company or a financial institution. However, that doesn’t mean you can let the resume slide. Approach this job like any other professional position—and that means taking the time to update your resume, tailor a cover letter for each place you apply, and print on quality paper. Glaring errors or a lack of time give the impression that you aren’t serious about your work.

Dress Up and Be Professional: Again, treat the massage interview like any other interview—which means dressing in business (or business casual) attire, showing up on time, and acting in a generally pleasant manner. It’s okay to bring your personality and charm, since personable massage therapists are always a boost to a business, but do so in a way that is respectful of your potential employer.

Know What to Expect: Many of the questions that will be asked of you include those related to your skills, experience, and training. Some of the more common ones include:

  • What massage modalities do you know, and which do you prefer the most?
  • Why did you want to become a massage therapist?
  • What will you do to help build a clientele (for the employer)?
  • Will you be willing to sign an employment agreement regarding non-disclosure and non-compete policies?

Be sure and come up with some questions of your own, too. Show an interest in the future of the company and how you will fit into it.

Prepare to Give an Interview Massage: Although not every employer requires one, many places will ask you to demonstrate your skills as a massage therapist—and right there on the spot. Depending on the employer, you might be asked to give a full body massage or demonstrate a few of the modalities you know. Although this can be a pretty intimidating process, be as confident and relaxed as you possibly can. You’ve been training for this for months (or even years), and you should be fully prepared to show what you’ve learned!

 


 

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