01-24-2009, 03:51 PM #1
- Join Date
- Feb 2006
- Panther City, TX
25 Reasons not to hire you as a Firefighter
The department I work for handed us a sheet with this list before we interviewed. This is the second career department I've worked for so this list seems to be the norm.
"...a candidate competing to become a firefighter needs to be aware of some of the reasons that can eliminate them from the process."
"The intent [of this list] is to have you open your eyes to reality and learn form mistakes that other candidates have made."
1. Arriving late to any appointment in the process.
2. Failure to follow instructions.
3. Poor physical conditioning.
4. Poor listening skills.
5. Inability to express yourself clearly; poor grammar, or language skills.
6. Lack of planning for your career. Nor purpose or goals.
7. Interest only in wage or benefit package.
8. Poor driving history.
9. Poor scholastic record.
10. Wanting the position for a short time; no real interest in the fire service.
11. Poor oral communication skills.
12. Poor personal appearance.
13. Lack of maturity.
14. Poor written communication skills.
15. Arrest or conviction record.
16. Excessive drug or alcohol use or history.
17. Lack of confidence; poise; or ill at ease or overly nervous.
18. Lack of interest or enthusiasm, passive, or indifferent.
19. Inability to provide required documents.
20. Failure to keep up with required certifications.
21. History of inability to get along with others.
22. History of making poor judgment and/or decisions.
23. Poor employment history.
24. Do not appear to fit into the culture of the organization.
25. Failed to make a good first impression.
The sheet closes with "Some, if not all of the above reasons can also be reasons for termination during the academy or during probation."
01-24-2009, 04:33 PM #2
01-25-2009, 09:15 PM #3
This is a really good reference tool. Thanks!
05-04-2009, 07:25 PM #4
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