Advice on Psychological Written
I took my first FD test about two weeks ago for my home town FD dept in Glendale, AZ. I threw this situation of mine at some firefighters when I went riding today, but few of them have had experience with this type of examination. Have any of you had experience with a 80% psychological written exam (o/ 20% was math and english/reading comp)? I didn't pass (missed the cut-off by about about 3% - a fail is a fail). I was definetly not concerned w/ the math, reading, and english. This is something that the actual FD didnt have much to do with, and was strictly an HR decision (according the the firefighters). The smaller departments in AZ are starting to use this type of examination quite a bit, and I'm sure that it's been used elsewhere in the US. And the fact that other AZ cities are using this type of exam concerns me - simply because I want a blue shirt, ANYWHERE.
I'm most concerned because if I try to take the test again next year, is my personality REALLY going to change??? Or even 5 years from now - I could still be giving the same answers, and well . . . still failing. I'm one of those complex thinkers that tends to analyze without even realizing that I'm doing it. Many of the questions that were situational, didnt have an answer that appealed to me. The captain I road with today said - "I bet if we took some of the FFs that are on now, and tested them for ****s and giggles, that they wouldnt even come close to passing" -
I know from a few other firefighters I've talked to that the test looks for consistency (they'll give similar question/situations and are looking for you to answer the same way, rather than overanalyzing to 'answer the test the way you think it SHOULD be answered). I don't feel that I did that, but then again, I didnt pass. . .
Anyway, can I get help from someone/somewhere on exams like these? Should I see a shrink (<-- just kidding)? Anyhelp would be appreciated here - How do these tests work??
Advice on Psychological Written
I took the same test in Glendale, AZ, and I feel the same way you do. I really wish there was a way to get feedback on this type of test because I am sure I will be taking the CWH exam again, but I am not really sure how I need to approach the questions differently. I think I must have over-thought many of the situautional questions, but like you, I didn't always find an answer that appealed to me.
The next time I take this test, I am going to try to approach it with a much simpler mind. I think one of my problems is that I have a lot of life experience, and I tended to read more into the situational questions than I should have based on my past experience. So, when I take it again, I am going to try to "forget" a lot of my past and approach it with clear mind. The only problem is that if I am wrong with my new approach, I could get a worse score. If I don't change, however, I feel like I am going to keep getting the same score.
Looking at the results, there were people that scored in the 90s, so either they simply match the firefighter profile perfectly, or they have figured out something that I haven't. If anyone out there has some insight into the CWH exam, I would like to hear it, as well!