An interview for firefighter position is more than just a dialogue between two people; it is something much more serious as it has the capacity to decide if you will be given a job or not. Interviews are designed to judge what an individual is capable of and if he or she will be able to handle the many tasks that will be entrusted to him or her once hired.
Interviews can be quite brutal at times; candidates are sometime asked tough questions that they may have a lot of difficulty handling. Questions such as these are not asked to gauge a candidate’s job knowledge but how a candidate handles difficult situations.
It is very important to have at least some inkling of what type of questions you will be asked during an interview. This is not difficult if you have studied the job description properly. If you know what the important aspects of a job are, you are more than likely prepared for what questions you will be asked. Nonetheless, it is important to prepare your answers beforehand.
Firefighter Interview Questions and Answers
Why do you want to work as a firefighter?
Ever since I was old enough to know what firefighters do, I have admired and appreciated their work. This admiration and appreciation eventually led me to want to work in a similar capacity where I can help people out of dire predicaments.
How would you describe yourself in the face of adversity?
When faced with adverse circumstances, I have always been very practical. During emergency situations, I automatically end up channelizing my energy towards providing assistance. This way, I do not end up feeling overwhelmed.
If you suspect that a fellow firefighter has a drug problem, what would you do?
I would report him immediately. This may sound like a harsh thing to do but people who have drug problems cannot possibly have sound judgment, something that every firefighter banks heavily on. There is no room for mistakes especially if one is under the influence of a drug so I do not think there would be much point in attempting to make him give it up.
What qualifies you for this job?
I have formal vocational training in firefighting and HAZMAT safety and possess exceptional physical stamina. I am helpful, vigilant, active and compassionate and bring proven skills in dealing with emergencies. I am also BLS/ First aid certified.
What firefighting equipment are you familiar with?
I am well versed in using power hoses, pike poles, Halligan bars, pick-head axes and thermal imaging cameras.
Tell me about a fire safety campaign you were a part of?
I have been heading numerous fire safety campaigns in colleges, schools and hospitals. Recently I was part of the IHI Fire safety awareness program initiated by the International fire fighter’s association in which we visited 30 institutions in a week to brief them regarding fire safety.
Explain a rescue mission that really tested your skills?
Early in my firefighting career, once there was a big fire in a healthcare center for the disabled. That was particularly challenging since most of the inmates could not walk or shout for help. Each one had to be carried out but thankfully the mission was executed without any causality.
How do you get along with people from diverse cultural backgrounds and races?
I am a tolerant and friendly person. I am also multilingual and have great respect for all cultures of the world.
Are you up to work for several hours without breaks in emergencies?
Definitely! That’s what this job is all about. I have good physical stamina and am well aware that working without breaks for several hours is something quite routine in this profession.
Do you have any volunteering experience? What did you gain from it?
I worked at an old home during college as a volunteer and that experience brought me closer to human nature and rendered me more sensitive towards other people’s needs and problems
What motivates you?
I would say challenge. I thrive on challenge and draw very fulfilling sense of achievement when I accomplish difficult tasks.
During a mission, if you are going to the fire truck to get some equipment for the rescue and you notice the truck is blocking the traffic and citizens are getting worried because of that. What would you do?
In such a situation I’d definitely continue my assigned task however once the priority task is done, I will try to locate the person responsible for driving the truck to move it a bit and resolve the traffic issue.
Where do you see yourself in the next few years?
Within the next five years, I anticipate having developed expertise in fire and rescue. I would want to stand out from my peers and eventually be promoted to a position where I can demonstrate a keen passion for this work and serve as an example for others.
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