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Typical Firefighter Interview Questions: What To Expect

An oral, in person interview is a certain guarantee while going through the process of becoming a firefighter. An interview can make or break a person’s chances of getting hired which is why it’s so important to prepare ahead and anticipate a myriad of different questions.  You can expect similar questions if you are looking to become a volunteer firefighter.

Prepare for General Interview Questions
Many questions may or may not be related directly to firefighting, but help the interviewer get a better grasp of your personality and motivations. Often times, these questions have no “right or wrong” answers, but how you answer them can make you stand apart from other candidates.

  • Tell us a little about yourself
  • What do you know about our fire department?
  • How have you prepared for this interview?
  • Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  • What is your strongest attribute? What is your weakest?
  • What do you do in your spare time? What hobbies or interests do you enjoy?

Is This Your Passion?
While these may seem like an easy interview questions in theory, preparing answers that are well thought out, meaningful and offer personal experiences is very important.

  • Why do you want to be a firefighter?
  • Describe your education, training and prior experience
  • What have you done to prepare for a career in this industry?
  • Why will you make a good firefighter?
  • What is the most appealing/least appealing aspect of firefighting?
  • What is the most important personality trait that a firefighter should have?
  • Why do you want to be a firefighter at our station/town/city?

Are You a Good Fit?
Determining whether or not you’ll be a good fit for a fire department is one of the goals for the interviewer to determine.

  • How will you help maintain good relationships around the station?
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  • What will you do with spare time while on duty?
  • How would classmates or prior coworkers describe you?
  • Define integrity and honesty and tell us what they mean to you

Open Ended Questions
Requiring a bit more thought, these open ended questions are meant to test your prior experiences in relation to firefighting. Keep specific events or experiences in your memory bank that you can apply to the question. Always explain the situation you encountered and how you were personally able to overcome it.

  • Tell us about a challenge you have overcome and how you were able to do it
  • Describe a difficult decision you have had to make and how you arrived at the decision
  • Have you ever faced an emergency situation? Tell us how you handled it

Firefighting Situational Questions
Testing your knowledge and experience directly related to firefighting, these questions will assess your potential skills as a member of their team.

  • What are the first steps you should take when arriving at the scene of a fire?
  • When entering a burning building you notice two victims. Who do you assist first?
  • If you feel like a certain firefighter didn’t follow proper protocol, what would you do?
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