With our Autumn Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Mat Pilates students due to sit their final assessments in a few weeks, we have been discussing the practicalities they will face once qualified and ready to launch themselves into our industry. One of the areas we have discussed is auditioning for jobs at Pilates studios-just what are studio owners looking for? Michelle Smith from the Pilates Pod, Hitchin has recently been interviewing for Pilates instructors to join their studio and here are her invaluable top tips!
- Arrive with at least 10 mins to spare. This will allow time for an introduction, to check out the studio, equipment and bodies participating. Arriving at the last minute or late makes me think you are unorganised and will be the same in the job. Saying “I didn’t have time to do that” just won’t cut it!
- Be confident but subtly so. We want to see you’ve got the confidence in your teaching, what you’re saying and having a good rapport with the bodies in the session and staff.
- Be calm and prepared. Despite whatever stresses you’ve had in the day getting here, appear calm and in control. Plan your lesson in advance so you know what equipment you want, stay within the time limit and know what you want to get across.
- Treat the teaching as if it was a normal class. We want to see your style and personality, see you correct, modify and have fun with the bodies in the session.
- Know your environment. What works for a gym style class with fitness adaptations, stretches and tone of language may not work for a Pilates studio setting so remember to do your research in advance and plan accordingly.
- Swot up on the business you are applying for. The teaching part is one part but with a quick interview chat after we also want to see you know a bit about the company you are wanting to work for, and why you want to work for them.
- Impress us! This is your 15 minutes of fame so remember to show us the best bits about you and your teaching!
When looking for work at Pilates studios, I would strongly recommended offering to audition as often studios have cover lists. Jo Webster from Akasha Wellness says "The key to a successful instructor audition is that they demonstrate a passion for Pilates, an ability to build a rapport with clients and a have a level of professionalism that will support the studio / brand"
So with all these fabulous tips success will be more or less guaranteed! Break a leg!
Pilates Pod are looking for instructors for full time positions and cover. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.