Recently I've been asked the question "What's the most important thing to do in an oral interview?" Here's my take on it. These are character attributes only:

-Confidence. Don't mistake this for arrogance. Arrogance is not good. Firefighters don't want a "know it all" for a junior member. Show confidence in your ability to learn, adapt and overcome. Leave any ideas of superiority at home.

-Honesty. Be yourself and don't lie. If you put on a front and they see through it... you won't get hired. Firefighters must trust each other. This is the most important attribute.

-Calmness under pressure. If you panic on the fire-ground, you're no good to anyone. Show them you can handle the heat.

Whatever else you do, whatever else you know, show these traits during your interview and you'll be ahead of the game.

There's more out there, so chime in with you own ideas.

Good luck, to those of you in the hunt!

Rob Bieber
Producer/Director "A Firefighter's Journey"