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51 Firefighter Interview Questions

Use these questions to prepare for your firefighter oral board

 

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Tell us about yourself.

Tell us about your family.

Tell us about your best friend.

When did you decide you wanted to be a firefighter?

Why do you want to be a firefighter?

What have you done to prepare for this job?

What have you done to prepare for this interview?

What is the primary goal of the fire department?

What aspect of the job appeals to you the most? The least?

What is the job of a firefighter?

Do you feel you are qualified to be a firefighter with ______ Fire Department?

If hired, what would you bring to this job? This department?

Why do you want to work for _____ Fire Department?

Tell us what you know about _______ city/department/district.

What do you feel is your biggest strength?

What do you feel is your biggest weakness?

What would your previous boss say about you? Something positive and negative.

What are the most important attributes of a firefighter?

What is the most important trait a firefighter must possess?

Suppose you found drugs in another firefighter’s locker. How would you respond?

Suppose you noticed your Lieutenant was intoxicated. How would you respond?

How would you respond to another firefighter offering you an illegal substance?

How would you handle a conflict with another firefighter?

How would you respond if you saw another firefighter steal?

How would you handle bullying in the workplace?

How would you handle conflicting orders at a scene?

How would you deal with an irate citizen?

How would you deal with sexual harassment towards yourself? Towards another?

How would you deal with a coworker making racist remarks or jokes?

How would you deal with an order against your moral judgment?

How would you deal with an order that put you in great danger?

When you don’t know an answer, how do you respond?

Tell us about a time you disagreed with your boss? A co­worker? How did you handle it?

If we offer you the job, when could you start?

Are you on any other hiring lists?

If we were to offer you the job, would you leave if offered a job elsewhere?

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?

At the end of your career, what would be an accomplishment you would be most proud of?

What are the character traits of a firefighter?

Have you ever been in an emergency situation?

How do you handle stress?

How do you handle criticism?

What are your hobbies?

Why should we select you over the other candidates?

What are the roles of a rookie firefighter?

What are your questions for us?

Tell us about yourself in High School?

What have you done since High School?

What do you think are the roles of the firefighter within this city/district?

What do you think the day to day activities/responsibilities of a firefighter are?

What sort of formal education do you have?

Tell us what life experience you have that can relate to this job?

 

Here’s a list of other information you’ll want to know prior to the interview. This can usually be found on the city’s website or some other form of public information:

1. City population.

2. Department apparatus.

3. Size of the city (square miles)

4. Major landmarks (large buildings, major roads, golf courses, large factories etc)

5. Department functions (fire, fire/ems, fire/ems/rescue, special capabilities, other services offered etc)

6. Number of incidents in previous years

7. Medical control

8. Chief and officers

9. Major events in the city/district

10. Major past events

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