Interview Logistics

The key to doing well on the interview is preparation.  This article highlights how your interviews will go and how to prepare for them so that you get hired.

  • Review: the movements and techniques tested on the interview;
  • Review the Articles on the right sidebar;
  • Read through the Mentorship Personal Trainer Manual;
  • Wear professional personal training attire and shoes designed for weight-lifting,
  • A cup of coffee for your hard-working instructor (yes I award bonus points for this.)  Plus it lets me know you actually read this material.

Step 1 – Fill out your application.

Personal Trainer Application

Step 2 – In Person Interview

There are six main parts to your first interview:

  1. We will explain how we train clients as a team at Sand & Steel.
  2. We will go over how our mentorship program works.
  3. We will discuss how the Level 1 Certification may be obtained.
  4. We will discuss your background and training experience.
  5. You will take our Programming and Scaling Written Exam.  We will score your exam and go over the results.
  6. We will go over your New Hire Personal Trainer Contract
  7. We will schedule your second interview.

Step 3 – Pick Your Hours

After we complete your Skills Test, we will fill out your contract and make you an offer on the spot.  We only will provide you with 24 hours to accept the contract, so be prepared to make a decision and pay the mentorship deposit.  In addition, you’ll need to determine which hours you’d like to work at Sand & Steel.

Personal Training Schedule

(e.g. when you want to work)

Date Time Window Available Total Hours
Monday (6:00AM-9:00PM)
Tuesday (6:00AM-9:00PM)
Wednesday (6:00AM-9:00PM)
Thursday (6:00AM-9:00PM)
Friday (6:00AM-2:00PM)
Saturday (8:00AM-2:00PM)
Sunday (8:00AM-2:00PM)

The Skills Test will test your knowledge of various Advanced Techniques and Exercises.  We will also test your ability to replicate new exercises, create new exercises with new equipment, mobilize various muscle groups, and isolate individual muscles for correction exercises.  The skills test helps determine which exercises and techniques you know better.  This allows us to customize the mentorship program to you.

SquatSnatchPressDeadliftsSnatchPressKettle BellLungeObject CleansIsolationsTRX Suspension TrainerSandbag
Air Squat
Low Bar Back Squat
Hi Bar Back Squat
Front Squat
Overhead Squat
Snatch Balance
Power Snatch
Hang Snatch
Olympic Snatch
Push Press
Push Jerk
Olympic Jerk
Conventional Deadlift
Sumo Deadlift
Hex Deadlift
Romanian Deadlift
One Leg Deadlift
Stiff Leg Deadlift
Snatch Balance
Power Snatch
Hang Snatch
Split Snatch
Olympic Snatch
Push Press
Push Jerk Power Jerk
Squat Jerk
Olympic Jerk
Russian Swing
American Swing
Alternating Swing
Half Getup
Bent Press
Sumo Deadlift High Pull
Russian Clean
Olympic Clean
Russian Snatch
American Snatch
Overhead Lunge
Step Back Lunge
Walking Lunge
Plyo Lunge
Kamagon Sweeping Plyometric Lunge
Vipr Uppercut Lunge
Lateral Lunge
Skater Lunge
Medball Clean
Sandball clean
Sandbell clean
Rectus abdominus
Transverse abs
Pec Major
Rear Delts
Chest Press
Low Rollout
High Rollout
Bicep Curl
Tricep Curl
Plyo Squat
Plyo Lunge
Squat to Row
Alternating Hamstring Curl
Hip Press Atomic Pushup
Knee Sweeps
Elbows to Plank
Wrist Taps
Body Saw
Side Plank
Side Plank with Crunch
Side Plank Twist Up
Spin Clean
Zercher Clean
Olympic Clean
Clean and Press
Squat Clean
Rotational Deadlift
Turkish Getup
Halo Lunge
Good Morning
Shoulder to Shoulder Press
Core ExercisesCorrective ExercisesTRX MobilizationsDharma WheelKamagon & Clubbell DemoExercise Replication
Find exercises to isolate the obliques using the Cross-Core:

  • Isometric Core Twist
  • Knee Sweep
  • Leg Pendulum
  • Side Plank
  • Windshield Wipers
Demonstrate Corrective Exercise for the Serratus
Use the TRX Suspension Trainer to find stretches to mobilize the Q/L
Use the Dharma Wheel to mobilize the Thorasic Spine

  • Standing T-Spine Rotation,
  • T-Spine Extension,
  • Side T-Spine Tilt
Demonstrate some exercises using the Kamagon and Clubbell
Demonstrate Rip Trainer Plyo Pitch Fork and Vipr Plyo Sweeping Lunge


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