Heyyyyy 😀 How are you?? Hope you’re having a lovely morning!
It felt good to sleep in our own bed -well, the bed the madre is lending us since ours is in the POD- last night. It was a breathtaking trip, but it’s always nice to come home 😀 The best part by far was a thousand Bella kisses.
We woke up early to take her for our morning walk, then stopped by the DP so she could get some running in.
There weren’t any small dogs on Bella’s side, but she was just happy running along the fence with the big dogs.
You can tell from the pic that she was SPRINTING! Little Bell definitely got in an am HIIT workout this morning 😉
We came back to the casa and I made b-fast:
Brown rice farina for me
(with decaf espresso powder, raw cacao powder, nutritional yeast, organic berries and a drizzle of maple syrup)
As I was drizzling the maple syrup, images of this came to my brain:
Poached egg and cheese English muffins for the Pilot:
It was my first time poaching eggs, and even though it seemed a little intimidating, I just decided to roll with it.
I brought about 3 inches of water up to a boil and added a splash of vinegar,
reduced the heat to a simmer
and using a small measuring cup, gently dropped the eggs in
Covered the pot and left them in there for 3 minutes.
Since I started the blog, I received quite a few questions about what to wear and how to prepare for an interview in the fitness industry (trainer, group fitness instructor, gym positions). I majored in Finance, so throughout undergrad, we were DRILLED on interview tactics and tips, but preparing for something in the fitness field is an entirely different animal. (For example, business professional attire doesn’t exactly fit the bill)
From my experience, here are some of my favorite tips for a fitness-related job interview:
1. Prepare to move. Generally if you’re interviewing for a teaching or training audition, you’ll be expected to do some sort of audition in the process. I’d double-check with your interviewer beforehand, but chances are that they’ll expect you to show your stuff. Make sure to have some material ready in advance:
-Group fitness instructors: have songs loaded on your iPod, and a combination prepared to teach during your interview.
-Zumba instructors: If the gym or studio is new to Zumba, bring your promotional DVD. Feel free to dress the part—deck yourself out in Zumba gear!
-Personal trainers: brush up on your basic training knowledge (you know, those tiny muscles we tend to forget) and have some sample workouts in mind.
2. Dress to impress. This is a little more challenging because the general rule is to dress like you want to own the business you’re interviewing for. If you’re expected to audition or teach, I’d wear your most professional-looking gym attire. New (or non-faded) black pants or crops –I wouldn’t roll with shorts in case you have to do some flexibility and don’t want to flash your interviewer- a modest tank top and a lightweight jacket are a winning (uh, winning) combo. Make sure the tank top doesn’t show too much cleavage or have too many crazy straps—you want to look clean and professional. For hair, pulled back out of your face is perfect, with light makeup and minimal jewelry.
I’d also recommend doing some research to see what the current employees in your desired position wear to work. Dress like you would fit in with them.
Tips for ANY job interview:
3. Do lots of research on the company you’re applying with. What’s their background and history like? If it’s a larger company, enter the company name into Yahoo Finance. Tons of background info and current news stories will appear and you’ll be able to ask educated questions and participate in company-related conversation. During your interview, be sure to throw in your new nuggets of information when it’s appropriate.
4. Know why you want to work for THAT particular company. What separates them from their competitors? What makes you believe that you’re a good fit?
5. Be ready to talk about your strengths and weaknesses. This one always pops up in interviews! A great tactic for this question is to think of a “weakness” that can also be seen as a positive. For example, I always say that my weakness is that I’m too much of a perfectionist. I focus so much on every single detail, but when you’re on a deadline, you may have to focus on the big picture instead of the tiny little things.
6. Ask questions. One of the biggest mistakes an interviewee can make is at the end of the interview when the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions?” and the interviewee says, “No I think you covered it extremely well.” FAIL. This is your last chance to prove your interest in the company. Ask the interviewer some questions like how long they’ve been with the company, what is their favorite part about their job, what their career path was like within the company, etc etc. Another great question is to ask about the next step of the interview process—they’ll let you know if there will be another round of interviews or when you can expect to hear back from them. AFTER the interview is your chance to get in some bonus conversation and prove that you’re genuinely interested in the position.
7. Be thankful. Always send a hand-written note to your interviewer to thank them for meeting with you. Let them know that you enjoyed speaking with them and look forward to hearing back regarding the next step in the interview process. Reiterate your interest in the position and the possibility of working with them.
I think that’s it!!
Do you have any general interview tips or one for a fitness-related job?
I have an interview at noon to teach group ex again… any good luck vibes you send would be mucho appreciated 🙂
See ya later this afternoon!