Top 30 Fire Inspector Interview Questions
What are your salary expectations?
I really dont mind what you give me I really like helping the community and staying focus on my job role.
My salary expectations are in line with my experience and qualifications.
The standard wage for the position.
I would like to discuss my salary at a later time however with my retirement, I am looking to make a comfortable wage.
Question 2 of 34
What are the biggest lessons you have learned in fire inspection so far?
I have learned that customer service is paramount.
You should learn from your mistake.
No matter how much training you have its still not enough.
Earlier in my career, when I would get overwhelmed with work. I would try to work as quickly as possible to show off to my superiors on my production. However, when I would conduct the re-inspection, their were some violations that could been noted during the my first initial inspection. So I learned to take my time during inspections because it saved my time as well as the property owners time in the long run to correct the violation.
Question 3 of 34
Tell me about an assignment that was too difficult for you as a Fire inspector. How did you resolve the issue?
An assignment that was too difficult to me was one that I've never come across in the field before during my time in fire prevention. The situation occurred during a rough smoke control system testing for a new high rise building. Since I was unfamiliar with the testing procedures, I researched the NFPA code requirements for Smoke Control Systems and I requested assistance from my peers during the testing process. As a result, I gained hands on experience, from my peers, as well from the contractors who did the installation.
Embrace the job and use it as a learning tool. The more you known the easier the job becomes.
Hard question, I would like to think if I break down any task to smaller components I can do anything, I can not recall a task that I have not been able to complete with the help of others if nessary.
We had a aircraft hanger at work that was being renovated, all the extinguishers was removed. When the renovation was complete the construction company put ABC extinguishers back up when BC extinguishers where the correct ones to put up. The construction company and the company who leased the building were complaining. So I called FM office at Henrico and told them what I had and what was going on and they sent a representative with me to meet with the construction company and the leaser to solve the problem.
Question 4 of 34
Walk me through your resume, highlighting all of your inspection related experience.
No I do not, as a candidate I would have the fire marshal train me to the best of his abilities.
I've had experience with Hallandale Beach fire rescue which I'm currently in at the moment. I've been in the position for 2 years now. Before then I was the University of Miami Medical Campus as their fire and life safety technician for 3 years. I began my career with the Seminole tribe as a fire inspector back in 2009.
Yes as stated previously I worked my up the ranks from firefighter to inspector. The last 13 years as a inspector.
Yes, 3 years in inspecting buildings on the airport.
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Question 5 of 34
Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Fire Inspector?
I was a police officer for the base and my job was eliminated, I worked for 9 years to get back into a job where my skills were put to use.
To help protect the citizens and businesses in the county while providing a good service for the community.
Question 6 of 34
Many of your investigations will require you to read a building blueprint. How well versed are you in reading blueprints?
Question 7 of 34
What is the most bizarre case you have ever inspected?
Question 8 of 34
If given the choice, would you rather work on the insurance side or investigatory side of fire inspection?
Question 9 of 34
Do you have experience working with insurance claims?
Question 10 of 34
Do you have any formal training from a fire academy?
Question 11 of 34
How knowledgeable are you in building fire code regulations?
Question 12 of 34
Are you experienced in testing fire safety equipment?
Question 13 of 34
Do you feel that it is important to wear proper PPE on the job?
Question 14 of 34
Have you ever been a volunteer firefighter?
Question 15 of 34
Would you be comfortable training others in fire preventative techniques?
Question 16 of 34
Do you have a current certification from the National Fire Protection Association?
Question 17 of 34
What programs and systems are you most experienced in?
Question 18 of 34
As a fire inspector, attention to detail is incredibly important. How do you ensure that your attention is kept on the job?
Question 19 of 34
Have you ever had an issue with a manager or supervisor? How did you resolve the situation?
Question 20 of 34
Have you ever led a team or investigation? Tell me about that experience.
Question 21 of 34
Why are you leaving your current role?
To be honest, I wasn't considering a move, but, I saw this job posting and was intrigued by it. Colleges that I have spoken too. Have spoken highly of Davie. It sounded like an exciting opportunity that I shouldn't pass up.
Mandatory retirement in under two years, and would like to keep working in this important job role.
Ga is home to me and my kids and we are separated.
To be exposed to more type of inspections different type of buildings and systems.
Question 22 of 34
Why do you think you are the best fire inspector for us?
I can not say that I am the best candidate, however I will put my experience and work ethic to seek for me. If you have someone who is better than me then please hire them, I would also like to learn from them so I can not blame you.
I'm dedicated to get the job done, while learning everything I can.
Question 23 of 34
What are your short term goals as a fire inspector?
Like stated before working in fire investigation or fire inspection.
Working full time doing fire inspections and doing my best job.
Question 24 of 34
What is your biggest area for improvement? What are you doing to work on that?
I would like to say that I have none but, realistically I have a hard time with people doing harm to others and I want to try to stop unnecessary suffering.
Taking on to much then you become over whelmed that's when you start to get priorities in order and do one thing at a time.
Question 25 of 34
In your opinion, what are 3 strengths a good fire inspector must have?
Team work and being a team player.
Wanting to help people, from putting out a fire to helping someone change a tire on the side of the road.
Question 26 of 34
What is your greatest career related failure, and what did you learn from it?
My greatest failure was when I first began starting school I wanted to become a firefighter. But when I finally went to school for EMT I hit a wall. I failed the first time I enrolled. But I succeeded the second time I went in.
Not being able to revive my father when I found him dead, you can not change every outcome.
Not marketing myself for a promotion at GT
Not passing the physical agility test that was implemented 2015. You have to train everyday and stick with it.
Question 27 of 34
When were you most satisfied in your job?
During inspections, where help others understand what I do and what I look for during my inspections. I get a sense of accomplishment when I think they actually care about their well being then just trying to get over with the inspection.
When I am preventing loss of others.
When the shift worked as a team to complete a task.
Question 28 of 34
If you could have changed anything about your last inspection position, what would that have been?
Typing and mailing my own reports.
Nothing I have been blessed, however the mandatory retirement is a requirement I would like to see gone.
Moving Bags when the conveyer belts broke down.
Question 29 of 34
Describe a time when you did not get along with a co-worker.
I had a worker that thought that he knew everything I talk to the employee and advised him what he need to do to change things to help him and I to get on the same pages.
Since this position is mostly un-supervised I haven't really come across a situation were I couldn't get along with a co-worker.
When we both was going for the same promotion.
When we didn't agree on how to pack hose back on to the fire truck. We finally got past it and successfully with no feelings hurt and a hand shake.
Question 30 of 34
What motivates you to always do a great job as a fire inspector?
My ability to work hard and deliver results motivates me. But also, recognition for my efforts, which gives me encouragement for my next efforts.
Question 31 of 34
Tell me about your post-secondary education.
Question 32 of 34
If you could not be a fire inspector, what career path would you choose?
Question 33 of 34
Do you work better independently or as part of a team?
Question 34 of 34
Being a fire inspector requires strong documentation skills. How would you rate yourself?
About Fire Inspector
April 2nd, 2017
Fire inspectors are responsible for inspecting buildings and structures to ensure that they are in compliance with local, state and federal fire codes. During their inspection, they identify potential fire hazards and issue warnings if fire standards are not adhered to. They also test fire protection equipment and alarms, conduct fire safety education programs in schools and workplaces, review emergency evacuation plans and determine the cause and origin of fires.
Most fire inspectors have work experience as firefighters or police officers, which would imply that they have completed a postsecondary program for EMTs or emergency medical technicians. Completing a 2 or 4-year degree in fire science, chemistry or engineering will open several advancement opportunities.
This is a physically demanding job. Fire inspectors must have quick reflexes, a keen eye for detail and superb problem-solving skills.
At the interview for a fire inspector job, prospective employers ask applicants a wide range of questions to ascertain their suitability for the job as well as their passion for the job. Before going for the interview spend some time thinking about how you will answer questions about your strengths and weaknesses and your long and short term career goals. The interviewer will likely also give you a mock scenario and ask you to give details about how you would handle such a situation. Being prepared with compelling answers is the key to a successful interview. The best way to do this is by reading through more fire inspector mock interview questions and rehearsing answers to some of the more commonly asked questions.