FIREFIGHTER INTERVIEW QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

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FIREFIGHTER INTERVIEW QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

The complete guide to unlocking and passing the UK fire service interview process.

“I got this as i had passed my other assessments and wanted to ensure i passed the interview after getting this far. This is a MUST for anyone who wants to be a fire fighter. I got this book and read through all the tips, preparing my own answers using the guide really did help me plan for my interview.” How2Become customer 
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ABOUT THE FIREFIGHTER INTERVIEW

If you have reached this stage of the selection process then the Fire Service are interested in employing you and they want to meet you face to face in order to see what you are like as a person, and also whether you really do have the skills required to become a firefighter.

  • It is a well known fact that the firefighter interview is tough to pass.
  • Coupled with the fact that Fire and Rescue Services rarely recruit for wholetime firefighters it is essential that you put in plenty of preparation. If you want to pass the interview then you certainly can do it!
  • There is no luck involved; it is all about how you come across during the interview and also how you provide evidence of where you meet the assessable personal qualities and attributes that are relevant to the role.
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PREPARING FOR THE FIREFIGHTER INTERVIEW

If I was preparing for the interview today, I would first of all ask myself the following three questions:

Q1. What areas will the Fire Service assess me on during the interview?

Q2. What would they expect to see from successful interview candidates?

Q3. Can I provide ‘evidence’ of where I meet the assessable qualities?

TOP 3 TIPS TO HELP INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF SUCCESS

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TIP 1 – DRESS FOR THE INTERVIEW APPROPRIATELY

You need to dress smart for the firefighter interview. Remember, you are applying to join a disciplined and uniformed service, therefore, you need to demonstrate that you are smart, organised and professional. Wear a smart formal outfit, get your hair cut, clean your shoes and have a shave! (men).

TIP 2 – PROVIDE EVIDENCE OF WHERE YOU MEET THE PQAs

Before you go to the interview make sure you can come up with examples of where you meet each and everyone of the personal qualities and attributes that are relevant to the role. By carrying out this piece of advice you will be fuilly prepared for the firefighter interview questions.

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TIP 3 – SOCIAL MEDIA (BE CAREFUL!)

Many of us have Facebook accounts and Twitter accounts, right? Well, if you do have an account be careful what you post on it! Would you feel comfortable if a member of the Fire Service interview panel could see what posts and photos you had uploaded?

Now I am not saying that the interview panel will go on your Facebook account to vet you, but if they do, would you be happy with what is on display right now? If you have any concerns then either delete offensive posts or limit the access to your Facebook account in the security settings.

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In this video Richard McMunn shares some sample Firefighter interview questions and answers:

THE BEST WAY TO PREPARE FOR THE INTERVIEW

The interviewers will be looking for ‘evidence’ of where you can match the assessable qualities. The word evidence is pivotal and I suggest you have it at the forefront of your mind during your preparation. You have to provide as much evidence as possible as to how you match the assessable qualities.

The reason for this is simple: Anyone can say that they are a good team-worker or good at working with people from different backgrounds; however, providing evidence to back it up is a different thing altogether. So, during your preparation you should concentrate on providing specific examples of where you can meet the qualities being assessed, more on this later.

  • You should also think very carefully about why you want to become a firefighter. It’s all well and good saying that you’ve wanted to do this since you were a little boy or girl, but responses like this will gain few marks.
  • You have to have a genuine reason for wanting to join; something like ‘wanting to make a difference to your community’ is a much better reason for wanting to join. Firefighters are caring people, which is why they have so much respect amongst members of society.

Finally, and this is just a big a factor than any other, your ‘ likeability’ will be key to your success. Yes, there are rules and guidelines that the interviewer must adhere to when interviewing potential candidates, but you can never take away the personal element. You should try hard to come across as a genuine, reliable, professional and a conscientious individual.

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  • The type of questions you will get asked during the interview and how to answer them;
  • Key areas that you need to research;
  • Actual interview questions and sample answers;
  • How to match the PQA criteria;
  • Creating the right impression at the firefighter interview;
  • Key preparation tips and advice;
  • What the interview panel assessors want to see and hear from you;
  • Overcoming interview nerves on the day of your interview.
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  • The type of questions you will get asked during the interview and how to answer them;
  • Key areas that you need to research;
  • Actual interview questions and sample answers;
  • How to match the PQA criteria;
  • Creating the right impression at the firefighter interview;
  • Key preparation tips and advice;
  • What the interview panel assessors want to see and hear from you;
  • Overcoming interview nerves on the day of your interview.
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Sample Firefighter Interview Questions

Q. “Can you tell me about a time when you have contributed to the effective working of a team?”

“I like to keep fit and healthy and as part this aim I play football for a local Sunday team. We had worked very hard to get to the cup final and we were faced with playing a very good opposition team who had recently won the league title. The team consisted of 11 players who regularly spend time together during training sessions and at social events. After only ten minutes of play, one of our players was sent off and we conceded a penalty as a result. Being one goal down and 80 minutes left to play we were faced with a mountain to climb. However, we all remembered our training and worked very hard in order to prevent any more goals being scored. Due to playing with ten players, I had to switch positions and play as a defender, something that I am not used to. Apart from being a defender I felt my role was to encourage the other players to keep going and to not give up until the final whistle had sounded. All the other players supported each other tremendously and the support of the crowd really pushed us on. The team worked brilliantly to hold off any further opposing goals and after 60 minutes we managed to get an equaliser. The game went to penalties in the end and we managed to win the cup.

I believe I am an excellent team player and can always be relied upon to work as an effective team member at all times. I understand that being an effective team member is very important if the Fire Service is to provide a high level of service to the community in which it serves. However, above all of this, effective teamwork is essential in order to maintain the high safety standards that are set.”

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Definitely a good book for those applying to be a firefighter or just wanting to get an understanding of what questions could be asked within any interview!

It gives detailed responses as to structure and answer many different Personal Qualities and Attributes questions that could be raised.

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  • Lots of sample interview questions to help you get ready for your firefighter interview.
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  • Questions that are guaranteed to be very similar to the ones you will actually sit during the real firefighter interviews.
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  • Advice and tips included that have been written by a former member of the emergency services.
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  • Written in conjunction with former serving firefighters.
  • How to match the firefighter PQAs in your responses.
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  • Sample answers to every interview question, so you can draft your own winning responses.
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  • The importance of ensuring you meet the minimum eligibility requirements (and understanding the role of a firefighter – hint: you will need to demonstrate this).
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  • Why becoming a firefighter right now is a fantastic career choice.
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  • Score-boosting methods verified by our panel of recruitment experts.
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  • Suitable for all UK fire and rescue services.

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