If you think that all job interviews are created equal, think again. There are certain job positions which require more than just an individual sitting on the other side of the desk, being asked questions by the interviewer. This is precisely the case when you’re applying for a position as a massage therapist.
Let’s say that you just got out of massage therapy school, you earned your certification and you do not want to work as a freelancer just yet. To gain sufficient experience in the massage therapy industry, you can apply for entry-level positions at the establishment of your choice: hotels, day spas, beauty salons, clinics, wellness centers, etc.
Unlike typical job interviews, you actually need to demonstrate your massage skills as well as your efficiency and professionalism when dealing with clients. Once you have demonstrated your skills, you just might get accepted as a massage therapy at the establishment which you are applying a position for – and start your career from there.
Things to Remember when Preparing for a Job Interview
What you need to know when preparing for a job interview as a massage therapist is that it is a combination of a typical job interview, as well as a demonstration of your practical skills. To give you an idea about how you can ace your job interview and where you can go from there, take a look at a few tips that you should remember:
- Prepare your resume with a cover letter.
Just like any other job position, you need to prepare a well-written resume and a cover letter. Your job description might not involve sitting behind a desk all day scrunching numbers, but your employer still needs to assess your capabilities. With a well-written cover letter, you can show that you have good communication skills. This is a much-needed skill for massage therapists when dealing with clients who come from all walks of life.
Your resume, on the other hand, will give your employer an idea about which school you took your massage therapy course from, what your length of experience is, and what your academic background is.
- Arrive on time, and conduct yourself professionally.
Just because you are performing a seemingly personal service to clients does not mean that you should not conduct yourself professionally. Arrive on time for the interview and conduct yourself professionally at all times.
- Bring along your massage kit.
After your employer has scrutinized your resume and cover letter, you might be asked to display your professional skills. You might be asked to perform a 30-minute or 1-hour test massage on your specialty modality. For example, a potential employer might ask you to give him or her a 30-minute deep tissue or Swedish massage.
Perform the task as you would with any other client. Interact with your pretend patient professionally but still make the person feel relaxed. Try not to nerves get in the way of your giving a good massage, because your nerves will be felt through your touch.
Once accepted, do not hesitate to ask about your compensation and working hours. Over the course of your career, you should also expand your repertoire and attend trainings or learn about the other types of massages. Knowing what to expect during a job interview for a massage therapist position is the key to acing it and getting placed on your first – or next job.