Having personally assessed hundred's of people during the Firefighter interview, I know what it takes to pass. My advice is simple - make sure you provide plenty of EVIDENCE of how you demonstrate the assessable areas during you responses to the Firefighter interview questions. This is how you will be assessed. Anyone can ay that thye would be a good firefighter, but backing it up with real experience and evidence is a different matter altogether!





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Each stage of the application process is very important but you will probably find that this is the one stage that causes you the most nerves. In fact if you don’t feel nervous leading up to and during your interview, then you are less likely to perform to your maximum capability.

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.

Let me now answer a question that I get asked time and again by firefighter applicants: “What’s the best way to prepare for the firefighter interview and how do I pass it?”

Here’s my response:

“The firefighter interview is used as a means to assess your potential to become a firefighter. Fitness is very important to the role but it is not the ‘be all and end all’. Yes you must demonstrate a good level of fitness, but there are more important elements to demonstrate.

The firefighter 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: if you can provide evidence then there is a far greater chance of you succeeding as a firefighter. 

Anyone can say that they are a good teamworker, 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 say 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 ‘likability’ 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. Do not be arrogant or over-confident at the interview and always try to demonstrate your willingness to learn and be part of the wider Fire Service team.”
If I was preparing for the firefighter 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?

I will then write down my perceived answers to these questions and I get the following responses:

A1. They will probably ask me questions that are based around the firefighter Personal Qualities and Attributes. They will require me to provide ‘specific’ examples of where I already have experience in each of the PQA areas. They will also want to know why I want to become a firefighter and in particular why I want to join their Fire Service.

They may also want to know how I have prepared for the selection process and what qualities I believe I have that will be relevant to the role.



A2. They would expect successful candidates to provide specific examples that relate to the PQA related questions. They would also expect my responses to the interview questions to be concise, relevant, well-structured and in a logical sequence.

They would also want to see that I have put a large amount of work into my application and that I am genuinely motivated and committed to becoming a firefighter within their organisation. They will want to see that I have gone out of my way to find out about the role of a firefighter, including the proactive side of the role.

A3. I would need to think seriously about the type of evidence I have to demonstrate that I would make a good firefighter. For example, one of the assessable qualities required to become a firefighter is that of working with other people; or in other words, teamwork. I would need to be able to provide a number of specific examples of where I have worked as part of a team and demonstrated my competence in this area.

I would also need to write down specific examples of where I can match the other assessable PQA areas. This will mean getting a copy of the Personal Qualities and Attributes that are relative to the role and working through them carefully, thinking of examples of where I match each of them.

Now that I have my answers I will set out another simple plan that dictates exactly what I am going to do put those answers write. In this particular case it will look something like this:

- I will learn the PQAs thoroughly and I will try to think of specific examples where can match each and every one of them. I will use the STAR method when constructing my responses to the interview questions which will allow me to put them across in a concise and logical manner. I will think of genuine reasons why I want to become a firefighter and I will make sure that I can provide good reasons as to why I want to join their particular Fire Service. I will also write down exactly what I have done to prepare for the selection process and also the qualities I believe I possess that would be suited to the role.

- I will visit my local fire station and speak to the firefighters about their role. I will also visit the website of the Fire Service I am applying to join and learn about the proactive side to the job in addition to the reactive side.

During the interview you will need to demonstrate that you have the potential to become a firefighter and this is what the panel will be looking for. You will have learnt a tremendous amount about the Fire Service and what the role of the firefighter actually involves in the build up to the interview.

Your preparation should start weeks before your interview date, not the night before!





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