If you are reading futureLMT.com, you are serious about preparing for your career as a massage therapist. Visiting established massage practices, clinics and spas is an excellent way to learn about the various employment opportunities and work settings available. Use these questions to guide your conversations when you talk with experienced massage therapists.
Questions to ask when interviewing massage therapists in private practice:
• How long have you been in practice?
• What obstacles did you have to overcome?
• What are some of the smartest decisions you made in terms of business success?
• What are some poor decisions or mistakes you made that I should avoid?
• What are the keys to long-term success in this industry?
• At what point in your career did you first feel successful?
• What would you suggest I do while in school to prepare for being in business?
• How much has your business model changed since you first started?
• What advice do you have for me about gaining the best results with a business support group?
• If you could do it all over, what would you do differently?
Questions to ask when interviewing spa/clinic therapists/managers:
• Concerning the process of seniority, how did you endure the slow days in the beginning when you were not scheduled for many massages?
• What advice do you have for adjusting to this environment and management (e.g., rules, personalities)?
• What advice do you have for "getting ahead" in a spa/clinic setting?
• What attributes do you look for in a person to work in a spa environment? Are these attributes different from those for a private or contract setting?
• Can you tell me what to expect in a job interview in a spa/clinic setting?
• What is one thing a person can do to ruin an interview (with you)?
• What is one thing a person can do to prevail in an interview (with you)?
• What do you suggest I do while in school to increase my odds of getting hired quickly?