I came to the interview with the mentality of nothing to lose and everything to gain, quite literally seeing and experiencing the world. I was working full time, as a Personal Trainer out of an Anytime Fitness Club. I rescheduled all my Friday sessions for the day prior on Thursday so this meant I had a full on work day prior to the interview and also didn’t have any time to look up and do a little bit of research on the company of Steiner also it didn’t really help I was feeling a bit run down. Let me rephrase that I didn’t prioritize my time well enough to prepare at all for this Interview.
I arrived to the Interview with less than 5 hours of sleep, honestly I nearly didn’t attend this Interview as I couldn’t have been bothered and would have much preferred a sleep in. So here I am rocking up to this Interview I walk in to notice everyone else is wearing formal/ business attire and here I am wearing shorts a sport top and runners, just a bit under dressed. I went and sat next to the only other person in the room who was also wearing the same attire as me. We cracked a couple wise jokes about how under dressed we were and he also had the same mentality as me going into this. From what I can remember we all filled out forms and paper work and sat an initial theory test it’s not really something you can study for, after we had finished that a 30 minute video Presentation was presented to us all about Steiner explaining the role and pay structure we could all ask open questions at that time.
The Presenter finished his Display he said now everyone is to do a quick 5 minute presentation from what I can remember it was from 8-10 topics etc. background and experience, why you want to work for Steiner, How Retail is Important. I can’t remember all the topics covered. Intentionally I was a little nervous about doing the Public Speaking however just remembered why I was there in the first place (Nothing to lose, everything to gain mentality and I was chilled). Whilst giving our Public Speaking Presentations our theory trade tests were being marked. After everyone had finished the Presenter came back to talk and said that there was positions available for everyone in this room, so it’s not like we were competing against each other, obviously this might be different at your interview.
We had a lunch break and everyone was told to switch into their sporting gear except obviously I didn’t because I was already in it. We all had to do a Trade Test now which involved running a group exercise class for 5 minutes. It turned into to a 55 minute exercise class it was actually pretty tough and by the end of I was fairly exhausted. The majority of the people had already pre planned exercise circuits around the entire room etc. burpees, pushups, squats and planks. I hadn’t prepared anything at all; I did a boot camp drill involving everyone. Starting at one side of the room all in a single file line doing lunges, army crawls, pushups, planks across the length of the room. After we had finished that we were all free to go once we submitted our documents etc. passport, qualifications. I stayed around and talked to the presenter afterwards for a couple of minutes and got very good feedback to my surprise, he obviously mentioned that I could have been dressed a bit better. I also got the Facebook of the people who were at the interview to see if they would go through with it all and so we could keep in touch.
Some Tips- the dos and do not.
Do prioritize time before the interview to do some research on the company Steiner (you’re here reading this and this blog so I would say this is plenty enough!). Do not do any at all because you’ll still be confused after the Interview.
Do get a good night’s rest 8 hours beforehand. Do not go on less than 5 hours sleep and rely on coffee to keep you going like I did.
Do wear business/ formal attire dress to impress, bring a bag to change into your sporting gear. Don’t just rock up wearing your sporting gear like me.
Do bring all your required documentation that you were told to bring on the day. Do not forget to bring a photo as the Recruiter see’s and has to deal with hundreds of people for this role.
Do a little bit of public speaking prior, do not get stage fright.
Do have your physical endurance and strength levels up to exercise at maximum a solid hour as they were also testing us on our physical conditioning.
Do prepare a group exercise drill with paper cards and bring extra equipment if you want. Do not just wing as it’s very hard to just think of something on the spot for 5 solid minutes like I did.
Do have the nothing to lose and everything to gain mentality from doing the interview give it your absolute best shot %100. Do not be afraid or nervous because chances are you’re probably not going to go through with it anyway. 😛
Statistics from my Interview
10% of people that actually went through and did the Contract in my Group from South Australia and just so happened to be the person who I was sitting next to wearing casual attire like myself and who had the same mentality as me. So I would say 1 in every 10 People go through with it all. Obviously depending on where you live and circumstances that will be different that is just what I noticed from my group and the Interview I did as everyone was accepted for this role in my interview.
I originally rejected the opportunity as I wasn’t ready for it, now over 6 months later I am now pursuing this role, I built a good rapport and connection with the presenter so instead of sitting for another Interview my application was instantly thrown back into the pool.