Becoming an athletic trainer can be a challenging, but rewarding, pursuit. To give yourself the best chance of being hired as an athletic trainer, you should be prepared for potential interview questions. These questions will test not just your credentials, but your ability to apply your knowledge to athletic training.
One of the first questions you'll be asked in an athletic training interview will be concerning your credentials. The standards for athletic training positions vary from facility to facility, but the minimum requirement for most athletic training positions is a bachelor's degree, although master's and doctoral degrees are available, notes the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Athletic training is available at many universities as a bachelor's degree program, and courses include anatomy, nutrition, physiology and related subjects, according to Education-Portal.com.
You may also seek personal training certification through organizations such as the American Council on Exercise or National Academy of Sports Medicine.
You should be ready to answer questions about your experience in a personal trainer interview. Be sure to have contact information for past employers ready and inform these employers that they may be contacted. You may also be asked for specific instances in which you performed a particularly difficult task, and about the reasons for leaving your last position.
An important concern for potential employers is your availability. The employment resource Science Careers notes that athletic trainers may work up to 70 hours per week, including weekends and nights. Having a flexible schedule is important, as you may be required to travel with teams to competitions and be on-site for practices and games.
Tampa Bay Lightning Head Athletic Trainer Tommy Mulligan explains that one common task for athletic trainers is often rehabilitating injured players. For this reason, you will likely be asked to provide a hypothetical treatment regimen during an athletic trainer interview.
As the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes, athletic trainers work directly with a diverse range of people, such as players, coaches and referees. For this reason, you will likely be asked about working with a variety of people and may be asked to demonstrate your communication skills.