Firefighter Interview Preparation Guide
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Firefighter frequently Asked Questions by expert members with experience in Firefighter. These questions and answers will help you strengthen your technical skills, prepare for the new job test and quickly revise the concepts

34 Firefighter Questions and Answers:

1 :: Why do you want to work in firefighting department?

I have always appreciated and admired those who put their lives on the line to protect our communities. My interest really piqued in firefighting however after I witnessed a post-crash rescue. I heard the calling as I watched the first response team pull the civilians to safety and out of harms way. It was then I knew that this is what I was meant to do.

2 :: Tell us about yourself and your qualities?

I'm a very energetic and well-rounded person who can follow instructions well. I am a good communicator and quite a team player. At the last department I was with I initiated medic classes for the firefighters who were interested in learning first-aid techniques. Because it was such a success, the entire department is in the process of getting certifications for all members in different areas of response medical aid.

3 :: What do you think of your previous boss?

My last boss taught me the importance of time management - he didn't pull any punches, and was extremely driven. His no-nonsense attitude pushed me to work harder, and to meet goals I never even thought were possible.

4 :: Tell me why are you leaving your current role?

I've learned a lot from my current role, but now I'm looking for a new challenge, to broaden my horizons and to gain new skill-sets - all of which, I see the potential for in this job.

5 :: Where you see yourself in seven years?

In seven years I'd like to have an even better understanding of fire and rescue. Also, I really enjoy being the first to a scene. I work very well under pressure. Ultimately, I'd like to be in a commander-type position, where I can use my organizational skills and industry knowledge to benefit the people working with me, and those we are there to help.

6 :: Why should I hire you as Firefighter?

I've been a firefighter for the past five years - my boss has said time and time again that without me, the department wouldn't function so well. I've also taken the time to educate myself on some of the non-standard techniques used in first response. I can react quickly in hectic situations, and can handle the responsibilities of a leadership role. What's good enough for most people is never really good enough for me.

7 :: What is your greatest failure except firefighting, and what did you learn from it?

When I was in college, I took an art class to supplement my curriculum. I didn't take it very seriously, and assumed that, compared to my Engineering classes, it would be a walk in the park. My failing grades at midterm showed me otherwise. I'd even jeopardized my scholarship status. I knew I had to get my act together. I spent the rest of the semester making up for it, ended up getting a decent grade in the class. I learned that no matter what I'm doing, I should strive to do it to the best of my ability. Otherwise, it's not worth doing at all.

8 :: What motivates you for passing scores?

I've always been motivated by the challenge - in my last role, I was responsible for training our new recruits and having a 100% success rate in passing scores. I know that this job is very fast-paced and I'm more than up for the challenge. In fact, I thrive on it.

9 :: Tell me what education or training have you had that makes you fit for Firefighter?

This would be the first question asked in any interview. Therefore, it is important that you give a proper reply to the question regarding your education. You should have all the documents and certificates pertaining to your education and/or training, although time may not allow the interviewer to review all of them.

10 :: Tell me why do you want to become a firefighter?

Do not be overly dramatic or emotional in your response, although a bit of excitement it in line. Give your honest reasons. For example, speak about your desire to help others and keep the community safe. If some experience with firefighters or some article or story inspired you, relate it briefly. Of course, for many it is the dream of their childhood; this should be mentioned in passing.

11 :: Explain the main job responsibilities of a firefighter?

Fire prevention, education programs in schools and for groups, and of course rescue of people, pets, and household goods are the main thrust of the firefighter's tasks.

12 :: Explain the role of the fire department?

The fire department is one of the most important institutions in a society. With the fire department in place, fires can be prevented, minimized, and lives can be saved.

13 :: Explain the most important aspect of being a fire fighter?

Saving human life is the primary goal. A firefighter must stay fit - firefighters exercise daily. Ability to work with a team, follow orders without fail, bravery, quick thinking and acting, calmness in emergency are all essential qualities.

14 :: Tell me if you have any allergies or medical conditions that would hamper your job as a firefighter?

Even people who answer this question positively can still be part of the firefighting force, as there are education programs, and desk job. Discuss your limitations with the interviewer.

15 :: Firefighter interview questions part 1:

► Give an example of a mistake you made. What did you learn from that mistake?
► How do you cope with stressful situations in general?
► Present a situation requiring efficient teamwork. What would have happened had the group not worked as a team?
► Do you have any volunteering experience? How did this experience impact your desire to be a firefighter?
► Give an example of a situation when you helped someone. Did you ever save a life?
► Do you have an example of a situation wherein you followed strict rules to complete a task, perhaps against your initial judgment?
► IN your previous employment, have you ever initiated improvement in work methods or suggested higher standards?
► Can you give an example of a situation wherein you worked outside of your job profile to solve a problem?

16 :: Firefighter interview questions part 2:

► Please prioritize the following in order of importance to you: Career, Family, Friends?
► Suppression, Prevention and Public Education, rank them in order of importance in the Fire Service and explain your reasoning?
► Describe a difficult decision that you've had to make in your life. What were the circumstances and what was your decision? Would you make the same decision again?
► Tell us about a conflict you've had with a co-worker or supervisor. What actions did you take to resolve this conflict? What did you learn from it? What would you do differently if the same situation arose again?
► Tell us about a mistake you've made in your past and what you learned from that mistake?
► What have you done to prepare for this interview?
► What have you done to prepare for a career in the fire service? What have you done to prepare for a career with the _______ fire department?

17 :: Firefighter interview questions part 3:

► Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
► Why do you want to be a firefighter?
► Why do you want to be a firefighter for the City of _______?
► What is the most appealing aspect of being a firefighter?
► What is the least appealing aspect of being a firefighter?
► What do you consider to be your strongest asset? your weakest?
► Why would you be a good firefighter?
► Give an example in which you had to work as part of a team in order to achieve a common goal?

18 :: Firefighter interview questions part 4:

► What is the advantage of working in teams?
► Why is teamwork so important in the fire service?
► How do you and your family feel about you working 24 (or 48) hour shifts?
► What makes you think you would be able to deal with the stresses of being a firefighter?
► How have you prepared yourself to remain calm and react effectively at emergency scenes?
► Give an example of a time which you were faced with an emergency situation.
► Explain the circumstances and your actions?

19 :: Firefighter interview questions part 5:

► What kinds of personal conflicts/problems might arise in a firehouse and what could you do to minimize such problems?
► What personality traits do you possess that make you feel you would be a good firefighter?
► If hired what would you give to our department?
► What are some of the important traits a firefighter must possess?
► What is the most important trait a firefighter must possess?
► How could you help maintain good relations around the firehouse?
► What is a typical daily routine in a firehouse?
► What will you do with your spare time while on duty?

20 :: Firefighter interview questions part 6:

► What duties does a firefighter perform?
► What is the most essential duty a firefighter performs?
► What type of person would you find it most difficult to work with?
► Would you ever disobey an order?
► When would you disobey an order?
► What do you know about the city of ________?
► What do you know about the organizational structure of the ____ Fire Department?