Last updated on June 5th, 2019 at 06:43 am

Athletic traner helps a female patient with taping her legProfessional athletes endure a huge amount of physical stress. Tennis players, runners, soccer stars. The season is prolonging each and every year, the global warming and tough weather conditions do not make the live of sport starts easier.

And we see the new stars of the sports on our TV screen ever more often–the trainers.

Consulting the athletes, assessing their injuries directly on the pitch or on the court, and providing treatment and advice, so they can continue playing, and the audience gets more of the action they paid for.

No wonder this career is on a rise, and will continue to be.  And we talk about all levels of sport, not just the highest level. Tournaments, leagues, professional sport associations, clubs–they all want to hire good athletic trainers. Let’s have a look at the interview, the questions you will face.


Talk about your experience and qualification

Experience plays a pivotal role in hiring process for this position. You do not need ten years of experience with caring for athletes, or working with a basketball club, however. But you need to convince the hiring managers that you actually provided care and treatment to athletes, in situations that imitate the things you’ll do in a new job.

Talk about various places where you worked, and injuries you addressed. Talk about your communication with the athletes, the therapies you administered, the job you’ve done. And talk about it with enthusiasm. Show them that you know what you are doing, and actually enjoy going to work.

And if you’ve just graduated from school, that’s no problem as well. Refer to your hands-on learning, and say them that after everything you’ve been through in the training (both theoretically and practically), you feel ready to handle the job.


Why do you want to work for us?

Woman talks to a job applicant, a young man.Try to refer to a connection you have with the event/club/sport association/training center/facility.

Perhaps you played the same sport before (or still play it, on a recreational level), and becasue of it you understand the common problems and injuries athletes face.

Or you have been always supporting the club, or like the facility, like to watch the matches they play, and so on, and so forth.

Loyalty matters a lot in this job. Show them that you have some connection with them, and plan to stay for a long time with the organization.

Enjoying the perks of this job, such as traveling to various places and using the facilities of the club/center for free, is another reason of job application which you can mention.

Special Tip: Download a list of questions in a simple one-page long PDF, and practice your interview answers anytime later:

interview questions for athletic trainer


How do you imagine a typical day in job?

Whatever you say, the key is to show flexibility, and willingness to work hard. Read the job description carefully (if they provide any details) and try to understand what you will do in the job. Say that you imagine working also on weekends, or in the night, when they need you on the site.

Mention duties such as consulting the athletes, and giving them advice in training, since communication and prevention of injuries is an integral part of this job.


What are your salary expectations?

Try to keep your expectations low, and check the average salary in the country of your job application, before you go to your interview (in most countries of the world this information is publicly available).

Athletic trainer is not one of the best paying jobs. Unless you have at least five years of experience, or work directly with one of the sport’s superstars, you can’t expect to earn more than $50,000 annually. Typically you will start at about $35,000.

In my view this is still good, considering the nature of the job, the benefits it brings to your life, and the possibilities for future growth…


Other questions you may get in your athletic trainer interview

Note: Keep in mind that the hiring process for this position can vary a lot, from one organization to another, one country to another.

It is not uncommon to experience a very straightforward interview, and face just a few basic questions about your experience and motivation. Sometimes a good reference from your previous employer can win you a job contract, and the interview will be only a formality.

On the other hand, some organizations and clubs apply a more “traditional” interview model, and will ask you many more questions, including behavioral questions, trying to learn as much as they can about your personality, and attitude to work. To such questions belong:

  • What motivates you the most in this job?
  • How would deal with an athlete that doesn’t want to co-operate with you?
  • What would you do if you examined the athlete, and knew that they faked their injury? What would be your reaction?
  • Describe a situation when you were under pressure in work (or say us how you’d handle the pressure, if you never had a job before).
  • Describe a situation when you reached a goal and tell us how you achieved it.
  • Describe a situation when you went above and beyond with your service (for the colleague, for the athlete).
  • Describe a situation when you did not agree with the opinion (or decision) of your superior, and knew that they were wrong. How did you handle that?
  • Describe a situation when you faced a particularly demanding problem or challenge in your personal life. How did that affect you in your job or in school?
  • Describe a time when you struggled with motivation in job. How did you overcome the crisis of motivation?
  • Describe a time when you struggled to communicate something to your boss, colleague, or to a customer (athlete). How did you manage to get your message over?
  • Why should we hire you, and not one of the other applicants who try to get this job?


If you are not sure how to address these questions (or have no clue at all), have a look at our Interview Success Package. Great answers to all difficult personal and behavioral questions will help you to get ready for the big day, in less than three hours.



Friendly handshake at the end of a job interview.It is not easy to predict what exactly will happen in an interview for an athletic trainer position. Exact questions can vary from one place to another.

What is more, the cultural differences, and the skills of the person who leads the interview with you (whether they specialize in human resources or in another field) also play the role.

Having said of all this, success (or failure) in the interview is not a question of luck.

Prepare for all possible questions you may get, including the behavioral. It may happen that after talking to you for five minutes, they will offer you a job, and you won’t face any really difficult questions. But the opposite can be true as well–you may spend two hours interviewing for this job, and sweat a lot, facing many tough questions.

Once you are ready for both possibilities, you will know that you did your best to prepare for the interview, and to succeed. We wish you good luck! – Your best job interview coach since 2011

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Matthew Chulaw

Matthew has been working in international recruitment since 2008. He helps job seekers from all walks of life to pursue their career goals, and to prepare for their interviews. He is the founder of website.
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