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    Hello everyone,

    I would like to know if any of you have ever been in a community panel interview. I am in the process for the City of Mason (OH).
    I know that there are members of the community sitting on this panel, along with members of the fire and police departments, but I have no idea what they will be asking me. Haha... I know the typical questions I would be asked in an administrative interview and I'm okay with those, but I'm sure they won't be asking the same questions in the panel. It would seem redundant, but I guess it could happen, you just never know.

    If anyone has had any experiences with this type of interview, please let me know what kinds of questions they asked. I appreciate any help you can give me!

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    If you already had your answers in place, you would get high scores for an oral board, members of a city council hiring committee, or any other interview. The problem is most candidates don't have their script down to audition for the job of a firefighter.

    Just like a regular oral board the community members for the most part are given the questions to ask. If they don't understand a technical answer they will ask or have a fire member on the panel clarify it after you leave.
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    Thank you for replying so quickly, CaptBob. Are you saying that they will be asking the same questions in the panel interview and in the oral?

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    Anything is possible but either way there are only so many questions they can ask.

    I believe there are only about 30 oral board questions. Plus or minus a couple. But these 30 can be disguised into hundreds of different questions.

    Here is a simple way to break a disguised question down. Dissect the question down to its simplest term, one word, of what the question is really about. Once you have removed the disguise, you can place it in one of the 30 plus oral board questions you already have answers for.
    Here is the list of the "Thirty Plus Oral Board Questions":

    Thirty-Plus Basic Oral

    Board Questions

    1. Tell us about yourself.

    2. Why do you want to be a firefighter? When did you decide on this career?

    3. What is the job of a firefighter? Are you qualified?

    4. What have you done to prepare for this position?

    5. What are you bringing to the job?

    6. Why do you want to work for this city or agency?

    7. What do you know about his city or agency?

    8. What do you like to do? What are your hobbies?

    9. What are your strengths? Weaknesses?

    10. What would your employer say about you?

    11. What are the attributes of a firefighter? What is the most important one to you?

    How Would You Handle the Following Scenarios?

    12. Drinking or drugs on the job? 13. Stealing on the job? 14. Conflict with another employee?

    15. Irate citizen? 16. An employee crisis at an emergency? 17. Sexual harassment?

    18. Racial situation? 19. Conflicting orders at an emergency? 20. An order that could place you in great danger or be morally wrong?

    21. What do you say when you don't know an answer to a question?

    22. Are you on any other hiring lists? What would you do if another city called you?

    23. When can you start if we offered you the job?

    24. How far do you want to go in the fire service? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

    25. What are the quality traits of a firefighter? Which one is the most important to you?

    26. Have you ever been in an emergency situation? Tell us what you did?

    27. What word would best describes you in a positive way? A negative way?

    28. How do you handle conflict?

    29. Why would we select you over the other candidates?

    30. Do you have anything to add?
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    I have spent quite a lot of time on a panel with a member of the community. I find civilians have a belief that firefighters are honest and ethical. They tend to like candidates who exemplify these traits. My objectives center around hiring someone who:
    1. Will be able to complete our academy
    2. Will complete probation.
    3. Will fit in with my crews at the fire station.

    It doesn't matter what they ask. I wouldn't waste much energy trying to predict the direction of the interview, rather I would make sure I was prepared.

    Analyze why it is that you want to work for this particular agency. Identify what getting hired would mean for you and your family. Be passionate and enthusiastic about the postiion.
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    Be careful about talking about fighting lots of fires. Remember the community panel member live in that community and could resent you being too eager to talk about their city burning down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCLepore
    Analyze why it is that you want to work for this particular agency. Be passionate and enthusiastic about the postiion.
    BINGO! That has always been the key for me, right there. I had to "buy stock" into the department and really want to work there.

    Then that pride just spilled out onto interview without me even trying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCLepore
    Analyze why it is that you want to work for this particular agency. Identify what getting hired would mean for you and your family. Be passionate and enthusiastic about the postiion.
    Thank you, I completely understand that. And if there's one thing I'm good at, it's being passionate and enthusiastic.

    Thank you to everyone else, too!

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