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    I have an interview coming up at a local volunteer FD.
    I was wondering how these interviews usually go as opposed to full time department interviews.
    I assume it is still formal (suit/tie). And most likely a panal interview.

    Any thoughts/suggestions would be great.

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    Mine was fairly simple. My first meeting was with the Chief very casual shorts and t-shirt neat but not dressy. Second was with the officers again jeans and t-shirt casual. I had no idea what I was getting into just told them I am not looking to make a career change but I want to help in my community. That was in October, I finish rookie fire school in a week or two. We finished Extrication class last night and I will be signing up for first responder training this weekend.

    Good luck!

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    One word: KY.

    Seriously, It varies from department to department. Some are formal, some not. My department does not have a formal entry interview, though it does for promotions.

    I would err on the side of wearing at least a shirt/tie, if not a suit. I'd rather be overdressed then under.
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    We have a committee that interviews applicants. Since we're pretty laid back, somebody who showed up here for the interview in a three piece suit might get some funny looks....

    That said, dress nice, even if it's not in a suit and tie. This is not the time for that oil soaked t-shirt, sweat stained 'gimme' hat and holey jeans. (Some people don't seem to understand that...)

    Probably more important is to bring a good attitude.
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    Is the department a very compliant and elite department, then wear a tie and dress respectful.

    Be serious and not a goofy friend in the interview.

    That's often the problem with some departments. They want to operate like a social organization like a church or a historical society. That is wrong. The department needs to operate like a serious agency branch of the government, which it actually is. (Doing so can impress the local government to treat it and support it like they should.)

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    Good insight. Thanks guys!!
    Interview on Tuesday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tree68 View Post
    We have a committee that interviews applicants. Since we're pretty laid back, somebody who showed up here for the interview in a three piece suit might get some funny looks....
    Depends what the three pieces are..
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    Quote Originally Posted by voyager9 View Post
    Depends what the three pieces are..
    In Trees' neck of the woods it is probably bib overalls, baseball cap and a Carhart jacket!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pasobuff View Post
    In Trees' neck of the woods it is probably bib overalls, baseball cap and a Carhart jacket!
    Hey, now! A pair of clean jeans will be just fine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tree68 View Post
    Hey, now! A pair of clean jeans will be just fine!
    Ok...maybe I'll give you that one!

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    Thanks guys!
    Interview went well and they have accepted me!
    Orientation this weekend. Can't wait to get started.

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    Thumbs up Ok!!..............

    Quote Originally Posted by Scooter88 View Post
    Thanks guys!
    Interview went well and they have accepted me!
    Orientation this weekend. Can't wait to get started.

    Welcome to the club.............
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