Thread: How would you answer this one?
04-30-2012, 02:54 PM #1
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How would you answer this one?
This question is bound to come up on an interview, at least it has on every one i've been on. "Why do you want to work for this department?" Now would it be best to tell them about all the different things their department offers, etc? Or would my real reason be better: Recently moved to the area, working at a department 100+ miles away, this department would be closer, saves time, money, gas, wear on car etc, plus all the things their department offers? I don't it to seem like I only wish to work for that department because it would save money, but that is a big plus, especially in these economic times
04-30-2012, 05:20 PM #2
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05-01-2012, 01:25 PM #3
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I would focus on what their department has to offer specifically, and how your personal experience would make you a good fit. Me for example, I have a lot more wildland experience than I do structural. So when applying for a rural department, I can emphasize how my wildland experience as an engine boss would benefit their department due to the wildland/urban interface. Do you have any special certifications that would benefit that specific department? For example, if you have water rescue or high angle experience, and their department tends to have a lot of these specialized rescues, bring that up. You want to give them the impression that your PERSONAL work and life experience would make you a good fit for THEIR department. You want to be there for your entire career, and they want to hire people that would mesh well with their employees. Anyone can be trained to be a good firefighter, but not everybody can get along with members from a specific department or geographical area. Do not mention the money saving issue, they dont care and will not hire someone only interested in saving money.
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