For job interviews with firefighters, you can anticipate specific questions to determine if you have interests, personal qualities and skills that match the specific job requirements.
In addition to knowing why you want the job, the interviewer will evaluate your qualifications to determine if you are compatible with what the employer looks for in the candidates they hire.
You will also be asked general questions about your strengths, weaknesses, communication and interpersonal skills to assess if you would fit in with other squad members.
Interview practice and preparation
Preparation is the key to any successful interview. Check below the list of frequently asked questions for firefighters and practice delivering answers with a friend, counselor or in the mirror.
Think of concrete examples that demonstrate how you have applied personal skills / qualities related to your advantage in academic, volunteer, and work roles, and be prepared to share them with the interviewer. See below a list of interview questions and a list of the skills required to be hired as a firefighter.
Fireman interview questions
Why are you interested in working as a firefighter?
You have seen the job description. Which of the fire-fighting responsibilities would be more difficult for you?
Describe an example of your presentations to groups? Have you given any fire safety talk?
What are the keys to prevent fires in public buildings?
How would you describe your mechanical abilities? Give me some examples of when you fixed things.
Do you have experience as a volunteer firefighter? If so, how do I prepare this experience for this position?
What do you think are essential qualities in a firefighter?
Describe a time when you have to solve a problem as a group. How did working with a group help you solve the problem?
Tell me about a time when you had to make a decision in a very short time. How did you handle the situation?
Tell me about a time when you used your communication skills to make a difference in a situation.
Describe a time when you had to persuade a reluctant person to take a particular course of action.
Tell me about once you worked outside the profile of your work to solve a problem.
Tell me about the time you served as a group leader.
Give me an example of a situation where you saw someone in distress and you helped him.
Tell me about the most stressful job you’ve ever had. How did you handle stress?
Have you ever been in an emergency situation? What did you do?
Tell me about a time when you helped manage a conflict between two of your colleagues.
What is your routine to maintain fitness?
What are you currently doing to improve your knowledge and skills for firefighting?
What would you do if a superior asked you to carry out an order that was outside the departmental protocols?
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List of EMT and firefighter skills
Here is a list of EMT (emergency medical technician) and firefighter skills for resumes, cover letters and job interviews. The skills will vary according to the position for which you are applying.
Advanced Life Support
Evaluate Code Violations
Evaluate emergency patients
Attention to details
Basic vital support
Basic trauma care
Carrying weight in excess of 100 lbs
Climbing and Balance
Fire driving and emergency rescue vehicles
Emergency and prehospital medical care
Enter ardent buildings safely
Removal of accident victims
Fill fire extinguishers
Follow state and local protocols
Handling of hazardous materials
Identification of stages of fire development
Maintain a safe environment
Management of cardiac arrest
Opening of Patient Airways
Operating pumps, hoses and fire extinguishers
Respond to emergency calls
Responding calmly to the emerges
Strenuous physical exertion
Teaching fire safety
Using a breathing apparatus