The number one cause of failure on these examinations is not knowing what information these psychological tests are trying to retrieve from the fire applicant.

The questions used on psychological examinations are determined by identifying major personality traits and characteristics of a successful firefighter. Knowing what personality traits and characteristics are being sought will improve your chances of scoring well on these examinations.

Another problem many fire applicants have in taking these psychological examinations is that they answer the questions relative to their current career. For example, you may be a top salesman. You work alone, you are at the top of your field, you have a six-figure salary, and have been given many top awards.

You may describe yourself in a psychological examination as someone who prefers to work alone, is very successful at doing so, and is highly motivated and driven. These answers will not get you hired as a firefighter. A firefighter is an individual who is part of a team; they work as a team and not as an individual. This is just one example of someone who can be very successful in life yet fail the psychological profile of a successful firefighter.

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