I Have an Interview with a Rural Department on Monday June 16th and I am really nervous about it since this is my first interview with a department and I have never had an interview with 4 people. There are four board members going to be there. Do you have any tips or suggestions to calm my nerves and help prepare my self for this interview also any suggestions for during the interview?
Is this a paid or volunteer
Best thing to do is get three or four people set down in front of them like a real interview
Have them ask questions
And do it a few times till it comes natural, you give complete sentences, and avoid the ah ah ah
What state are you in
There's nothing wrong with admitting you're nervous. I just laughed and said "sorry I'm really nervous" they laughed and told me it was ok and it kind of broke the ice. It went well after that and I got the job! Good luck!
Hello, I am from Bismarck, North Dakota. The position is for a Paid on Call Firefighter. I have never done an interview with four people and I am really nervous. What do most departments ask?
Why are you better than the other candidates
Talk about anything in your life that has prepared you to be a better person
Church Boy Scouts sports any jobs you have held
should have added
know something about the city you are trying to work in, size, public officals, ammenities, history, demographics, etc.
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how much for all that lawyer talk??????
Originally Posted by kalimkhan0900
I would recommend you be prepared to answer a few basic questions:
1. Why do you want to become a firefighter?
2. What have you done to prepare yourself to become a firefighter?
3. What do you know about OUR department?
These are the very basic interview questions that you can expect on most every interview you will encounter. You will come to learn that the FIRE department interview is much different than any interview you have taken in the past or will take in the future.
I have answered all of the above questions as well as many others in my book titled, "Smoke Your Firefighter Interview". Best of luck and happy holidays.
Originally Posted by paulLepore
Couldn't agree with you more. But my question is WHY are fire department interviews so different. I've taken police and EMS interviews in the past and all have asked almost the exact same questions and scenarios. I've Ace'd PD and EMS interviews but haven't done very well on the fire side. So why is fire so different? What is the fire service looking for, or wants to hear, that is so different from PD and EMS?
(Or maybe this is the Golden question everyone wants to know LOL)
So what do you mean by aced
Originally Posted by BlackHawkDriver
You were hired by police and ems???
Possibly FD has fewer slots to fill so they can be more picky
Make up of the board chiefs, firefighters, civilians ???
Originally Posted by fire5555
Ace'd meaning scored high enough to move on to backgrounds, and yes a job offers from both PD and EMS, but nothing yet from any fire depts. Currently I work as a transporting ALS medic.
The initial interviews/boards are pretty standard, 1-2 department members combined with 1-2 outside members (HR officials, other city gov members, prominent business owners, ect.) Chief interviews have either been directly with the dept. Chief, or the Chief and a DV Chief.
Find out specifically what each department you want to work for requires and get those credentials. well done an interview with prepared
The Number One Obstacle is Poor Oral Board Skills!
Originally Posted by BlackHawkDriver
Since 100% of your score in obtaining a firefighter job is usually in the oral board, what are you missing that's keeping you from gaining a badge?
Bottom line most candidates don't do enough interviewing to get good at it. This is also true for any job interview. You've got around 20 minutes for a 25+ year career. How are you going to stun the oral board panel to convince them to give you the badge over the other candidates? You don’t want to waste any opportunities!
Don't be A Clone Candidate!
It’s not the interview questions that are the problem in an interview, it’s the answers! Unfortunately many candidates become and give clone answers. And the bigger problem is they don’t know it. Clone answers can dome your oral board.
As my Son Captain Rob says “Too many candidates are listening to too many firefighters who try to tell them how to do it if they were you. They’re not you!”
One of our officers was on an oral board for a big city. Several boards interviewed a total of 965 candidates. His board interviewed a lot of candidates over 10 days. Imagine you were this officer and it is the fifth day of interviewing. You have just come back from lunch where the city has wined and dined you. You’re tired and you know you have another five days of interviews ahead of you.
The next candidate is called in. The first question you ask is, "What sparked your interest and why do you want to be a firefighter?" He proceeds to give you the same clone answers you have heard from almost every candidate for five days. Public service, helping people, not the same thing every day, blah blah blah. The magic 32 seconds that you need to hook up with the oral board has passed and you didn’t hook them into listening to your stuff. You have just scored yourself. Trust me. You can see the glaze come over the boards eyes. It’s like a deer caught in the head lights. They are gone and they won’t come back.
It’s not that you can’t use clone answers. You can. But first you need to deliver a signature story about you. Not a clone answer of anyone else. I haven’t met a candidate yet that couldn’t come up with signature stories. Signature stories demonstrate experience. They also tell that you not only know the answer to a question, you’ve lived it. Firefighters love firefighter stories. If you open up with a signature story, you instantly separate yourself from the other clone candidates. Stories show the oral board who you really are. You capture the board and take them on a journey with a story they have never heard. Isn’t this making sense?
“Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.”—Joseph Pulitzer, (1847-1911) American journalist.
How can you keep from becoming a clone?" Good question. Simple answer. The real reason is nobody else can tell your story! Nobody! When you start lacing your answers with personalized experiences is where you start to shorten that gap between you and that infamous badge.
Being a firefighter is a front row seat for the greatest show on Earth!
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