WHY DO YOU WANT TO BE A FIREFIGHTER INTERVIEW QUESTION
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This is an almost guaranteed question during the tough firefighter interview, and in this article, former firefighter of 17 years, Richard McMunn, will give you a great answer you can use during your preparation. So, without further ado, we’ll hand you over to the highly-experienced Richard McMunn.
Before we get into a sample answers for the WHY DO YOU WANT TO BE A FIREFIGHTER interview question, let me give you a few pointers to help you along the way:
FIREFIGHTER INTERVIEW TIP 1 – It’s not about the fires!
Most people will say during the interview, something like the following when responding to this question:
“Ever since I was a child I have always wanted to put out fires. I used to see the fire engines screaming along the road with their sirens blazing and I thought this was a fairly cool job to do, so here I am today applying for the job of my dreams.”
This is a poor answer that will gain few marks!
The reason why it is a poor answer is because it provides the interview panel with absolutely no substance or evidence as to why you would be a good firefighter. If I were sat on the firefighter interview panel and you responded with the above answer, you’d get zero marks!
FIREFIGHTER INTERVIEW TIP 2 – Use the PQAs in your response
The firefighter Personal Qualities and Attributes form the blueprint for the role of a firefighter in today’s modern society. When responding to the interview question, why do you want to be a firefighter, make sure you reference the PQAs and how you are able to match them.
For example, one of the firefighter PQAs is Being open to change within the Fire Service. Therefore, when responding to this interview question, you could say:
“In previous jobs I have undertaken, I found that I performed to the best of my abilities when the job role continually changed, or when I was required to adapt and improve my skills. Having read the firefighter personal qualities and attributes, I noticed that one of the PQAs is Being open to change within the Fire Service. I feel that, based on my experiences to date, I would very much be suited to a role whereby you are required to be open to, and supportive of, change.
FIREFIGHTER INTERVIEW TIP 3 – Give evidence wherever possible
Anybody can say at an interview: “I would make a great firefighter!”, but not everybody can back that claim up with evidence. When answering the interview question WHY DO YOU WANT TO BE A FIREFIGHTER, it is paramount you tell the interview panel the reasons why you want to be a firefighter and then back up those reasons with EVIDENCE.
Let’s now look at a sample answer for the firefighter interview question WHY DO YOU WANT TO BE A FIREFIGHTER?
If you would like to find out more about how I can help you to pass the firefighter interview, including getting hold of more sample interview questions and answers, take a look at this firefighter interview guide.
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