How not to get hired as a massage therapist

Over the last few months we’ve been trying to recruit some new therapists at our clinic, and we’ve learned a lot about how not to get hired.

For a business owner, the recruitment process can be quite time consuming and very costly as it takes you away from your clinic time to schedule interviews and do research on your candidates, and it is not easy.

If you are a therapist looking to work in a clinic or spa environment this is our guide on how NOT to get the job.


Don’t have the requested skills:

This may seem obvious, but if you have never trained as a massage therapist, it’s probably not a good idea to apply for a job as one unless the listing specifically states that there will be on the job training.
Training relating to the operations of the working environment will be provided, however the basic training required to perform a massage is something that the company will probably expect from you.


Don’t pay attention to the job posting:

If the listing specifies that the position is for specific days (i.e Must be available to work Saturdays) it’s probably not a good idea to apply for the job if you can’t work Saturdays. Save both yourself and the recruiter time by making sure you understand what the role involves before applying.


Don’t research where you will be working:

At the very least, its a good idea for you to know where the business you are applying for is located, to make sure that if you have to commute to work you know how to get there.
It’s also a good idea to do some research on the business you are hoping to work for.

How long have they been around?
Who are the senior staff members or managers?
What services do they offer?
Are their business hours suitable to your availability?
What is the businesses ethos?

It’s highly likely you will be asked during an interview to share what you know about the company, and if it looks like you couldn’t be bothered finding out more about the company, they may feel you aren’t really serious about the business.


Don’t answer your phone:

The first stage of the interview process will normally be a telephone interview.
During this interview, the recruiter will probably give you an overview of the business and what they are looking for.
They will also ask you some basic questions to get an idea of what you are looking for in a position, what your future plans are, and why you were interested in the position enough to apply.

But if you don’t answer your phone at the agreed upon time, chances are the interview won’t go any further.


Don’t show up for your in-person interview:

If you’ve performed well during the phone interview you may be invited for an in-person interview, this is to let you have a look around the business. See where you would be working, chat more about the role and answer any questions the recruiter may still have.
It may also be an opportunity for you to meet other team mates and have a chance to chat to them about their experience working at the business.
Finally an in-person interview for a massage clinic or spa may involve a trade test. This is to ensure that you have the desired skill level, and clinical ability that meets the business needs.



If you don’t care about finding a job, and aren’t really interested in getting a job with another business, these are great suggestions on how to screw the interview process up.
However if you would like to get a position with an established business and gain your own client base and build your experience, these tips should help you identify the things you should avoid during the job application process.

Good luck if you are looking for a massage job, but if you are currently looking, and would like some help identifying available positions in your area, let us know and we will reach out to our network and see what we can do to help you.

Looking for help in building your business? Have you considered working with us on some business coaching?