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Top 25 Firefighter Interview Questions

Question 1 of 25
What makes you passionate about being a firefighter?
User-Submitted Answers
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What makes me passionate about being a firefighter is the chance to help those in their most time of need. Also, being able to serve the community that you work for.
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The ability to help the community and those in need with emergency assistance of care really motivates me to be a fireman.
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It's been my dream goal since I was in high school, it's also one of my long-term goals to help me succeed in life.
4.
It was what trampoling instructor wanted to do life saver.
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I am passionate about being a firefighter because I can contribute to saving lifes and assisting with emergency situations.
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My love for helping people and the opportunity to be able to help my community. I know that this job would be great for me and I also know that the benefits of this job would help me to be able to provide for my future family.
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I like helping people and being of service to my community.
Question 2 of 25
What would make you a great firefighter?
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I would make a great firefighter because caring for those in their time of need is my passion. I am a hard-working, motivated individual that works great in a team setting.
2.
To rescue people from dangerous situations, like collapsed or burning building and jungle.
3.
I love helping people, I like the idea of being able to help my community. I love the challenge of working in the fire service, and I know from the ride alongs I've been on that even though our daily duties are planned out, they can change at a moments notice when we get an emergency call. I love the idea of the comoraderie of working together, I know from being on the football team that when you spend a lot of time with like minded people that it can create a very strong bond.
Question 3 of 25
How well do you get along with other people?
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I get along great with other people I work with. In fact, I am always complimented by others that I work with for helping them out with questions they may have to just having a good conversation over lunch.
2.
I love to meet people regardless of race since I am open-minded on learning other cultures and races.
3.
I have a neutral personality, which means that I find common ground with various personalities and am able to forge friendships with the brutes of characters.
4.
Start up with a positive conversation.
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I get along very well with other people. I have worked at different jobs since I was sixteen years old and when I have never had any problems with co workers, even when their viewpoints are completely different from mine. I know in the fire service we need to be able to get along with so many different types of people on a daily basis and we get the opportunity to interact with so many individuals that being able to get on everyones levels is very important and helpful.
6.
I would have a talk with that person and if I am unable to resolve the problem I would escalate it to another superior.
Question 4 of 25
How do you resolve a conflict with a coworker or supervisor?
User-Submitted Answers
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I resolve my conflicts by pulling the person aside to a separate room and communicating to them about what is bothering me; resolving the matter with the person that I have that conflict with.
2.
I would confront the coworker or supervisor one on one to settle the problem, since I wouldn't want problems for him/she to think other reasons which I can get him/her mad outside of work or later on in the future.
3.
The best way to go about conflict resolution is to speak with each member separately and find what the issue is. Then you can have a good handle on the problem and meet with everyone involved and have a civil discussion about the problem.
4.
By showing good team player, handle the situation that happen bad with positive mind thinking or good attitude.
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I would have a talk with that person and if I am unable to resolve the problem I would escalate it to another superior.
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If I had a conflict with someone I would first take it to that person in a calm, understanding manner. Sometimes being understanding can lead people to think youre being condensending but I think its important to let whoever you are talking to let them know that you understand where they are coming from and you are trying to see their viewpoint. I know working at a fire service and in such close quarters with muplitle people for so much time every week that conflicts will arise and its important to be able to resolve those as quickly as possible and not let it affect our performance.
Question 5 of 25
What is the most important trait a firefighter must possess?
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The most important trait a firefighter must possess is intelligence. A firefighter must be able to solve problems as they arise and solve them in a timely manner because a lot of times peoples lives are at stake. Decisions won't always be easy but an intelligent firefighter will be able to think through options quickly and make smart and safe decisions.
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The most important trait a firefighter must possess is the ability to stay calm under stress meanwhile being able to make fast and accurate decisions while under stressful situations.
3.
To save the life's of civilian and protect property's from threat.
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The most important trait a firefighter must possess is intelligence. A firefighter must know exactly what to do in any situation because peoples lives can depend on their decisions in stressful situations.
Question 6 of 25
Have you or anyone you know, lost their home in a fire?
User-Submitted Answers
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I have not but I know a family that recently had. They lost everything that night.
2.
What makes you more qualified then others for this position?
3.
Not a house, but a restaurant the cook left the stove running.Ended up buring the whole building.
4.
One of my cousins was killed in a home fire about 7 years ago.
5.
My sister in laws family lost their home in a fire, they live in the Tulsa area and I remember it being very hard for them to rebuild and get over all the loss they had. I remember them being so so grateful for the firefighters being able to save what they could and it made me realize how fulfilling a job in the fire service could be.
Question 7 of 25
Do you enjoy working with other people?
User-Submitted Answers
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Yes I do because I can adjust to different situations.
2.
I thoroughly enjoy working with other people and love the opportunity of meeting new people as well. I know being in the fire service means getting to interact with many different kinds and types of people on a daily basis and being able to get along with all of them will be a big plus. Especially when you spend so much time with the people you work with it is very important to be able to get along with those people you are living at the station with and being able to handle any conflicts that come up and move on from them not letting them hinder performance.
3.
Yes I enjoy working with other people. In fact I feel like I work better in a team setting rather than by myself. I have had multiple jobs working with a team. I enjoy the comaradre.
4.
I love working with other people simple because everybody is a different world since each and everyone think differently.
5.
I love working with other people. Comraderie is one of the best perks of being a fireman.
6.
Yes very much shown at trampoling.
Question 8 of 25
What have you done to prepare for a career in the fire service?
User-Submitted Answers
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I have done extensive researches and I am both physically and mentally competent for this line of work.
2.
To prepare for fire service I have tried to get into the best physical shape I can be in. I have also taken an EMT course and would love to continue down that learning path with possibly going on to paramedic. Also when I was on the football team at ou I learned the true meaning of being part of a team, and how everything we did affected everyone else on the team and I think that is very applicable to the fire service as well. There was a summer that I worked at a quail farm and it really helped me because I learned responsibility even when my boss wasn't around and I had to be at work well before the sun was up and work harder than I ever had before. Looking back on it now I wouldn't trade it for the world because it was one of the most satisfying jobs ive ever had and can see the fire service being exactly this type of job.
3.
To prepare for a career in the fire service, I have earned my EMT Paramedic, earned my firefighter one, two and Hazmat. I have also read books that other career firefighters have written. This way I am emercing myself with the knowledge and training which I need to prepare for a career in the fire service.
4.
I am recently in the Fire and Emergency program in Puget Sound Skill Center, also I am in the Fire Explores to volunteer my time towards helping professional local firefighters rolling and loading hoses and gaining more experience. Finally I got awarded with a thousand dollars scholarship towards my education in the fire services.
5.
I have spent 4 years in the Air Force as a fireman and I have attained several certs and training.
6.
Have a Diploma and participate in a given workshop.
Question 9 of 25
If you saw a coworker taking advantage of the fire department, stealing, etc, what would you do?
User-Submitted Answers
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The first thing I would do is talk to that person and if it does not change I report the matter to a supreior.
2.
If I saw a co worker stealing something I would first confront that person and ask him if he was told by someone else to take whatever it is he took. Then if that does not solve it or if that leads to nothing else then I would move up the chain of command until I got to talk to whoever I needed too.
3.
I would first confront that individual and express my concern of what he/she has just done and to inform them that that is wrong.
4.
I would confront him one on one saying that it is bad and to not do it simply to save his record.
5.
Report as soon as possible.
Question 10 of 25
If you witnessed another coworker, treating another coworker poorly, what would you do?
User-Submitted Answers
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I would first confront the person that is treating the other person poorly and communicate with them about what issues they are having with that person. Try and help resolve the issue before it gets too far out of hand.

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Question 11 of 25
How would you handle a citizen that criticized the fire department, to you?
User-Submitted Answers
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I would first gather everything they had to say and let them talk. Then I would respond by letting them know the facts of the fire department. Any further questions or concerns they may have can be to the attention of the chief.
Question 12 of 25
Would you be willing to raise money, outside of work, for the fire department?
User-Submitted Answers
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I would of course be willing to help raise money for the fire department. In fact, that is what I do know every year with the fire department at the firefighter dance to the pancake breakfast.
Question 13 of 25
In what areas, could you become a better firefighter?
User-Submitted Answers
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I feel like I can become a better fire fighter in areas such as showing my leadership skills. Being able to teach and show others different fire fighting techniques.
Question 14 of 25
Why did you want to become a Firefighter?
User-Submitted Answers
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I wanted to become a firefighter because I believe I have received the calling. I feel that I have changed careers to a career that fits my skills better. Helping those in the time of need is a desire that I long for and am honored to do everytime there is a chance to do so.
Question 15 of 25
What was the biggest mistake you made at your previous employment? What did you learn from it?
User-Submitted Answers
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The biggest mistake I made at my last employment was probably feeling like I was irreplaceable. And it never led to me getting fired or any disc-linary action or to me acting crazy or anything but it probably led to my customer service being less than what it should have been. In the fire service I cant afford to make any mistakes and should never ever take a job like this for granted. I should treat every call like they are all very important.
2.
The biggest mistake I have learned at my previous employment is the ability to slow down and take my time at my work and my decisions I make. Don't rush into any hasty decisions which my open up to errors and may possibly be unsafe.
Question 16 of 25
What are your personal hobbies?
User-Submitted Answers
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I like to work out and stay in shape. Work on cars and trucks. I also like to go on motorcycle rides.
Question 17 of 25
Why do you want to work in this city's fire department?
User-Submitted Answers
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I want to work in this city's fire department because I have learned a lot about this city. I have learned about its culture, diversity, history etc and have grown to liking this city. I feel that this city is where I want to grow my roots and spend the majority of my life at. I want to give back to this city that I have gotten to like so much by working for its fire department.
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Born and raised in the city, city offers a variety of calls.
Question 18 of 25
Knowing your area is very important, would you inspect new constructed buildings (to know the layout), on your own time?
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I feel like with a changing city, it is important to stay familiar with the city and the new buildings. Knowing the layout of a new building is important since there may be a time when you need to know the layout in a dire time of need.
Question 19 of 25
What type of person would you find it most difficult to work with?
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I feel like the most difficult type of person to work with would be one that is unwilling to work as a team. Being able to wake as a team is crucial in the fire service.
Question 20 of 25
Besides the fire, what other risks are there when fighting a fire engulfing a residential house?
User-Submitted Answers
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Other risks present may be those such as proper ladder safety, falling risk.
Question 21 of 25
Being a firefighter is more than just facing risks, you have to be cautious and smart, do you consider yourself cautious and smart when dealing with an intense situation?
User-Submitted Answers
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Yes I consider myself cautious and smart, when faced with an intense situation I think the most important thing to do is to think about your actions and what can happen if you make a certain decision before executing it. Even when the time you have to think is very short it is important to try to figure out what the best option will be because a lot of times there will be lives on the line. Being smart in the fire service is very important because it allows the firefighter to choose the safest option quickly and without second guessing.
2.
I consider myself an extremely cautious and smart person. There have been countless situations where I have had to remain calm and perform under stressful conditions.
3.
Scene safety is always my first priority in any situation and any call that I am on.
Question 22 of 25
What do you consider the least appealing part of being a fire fighter? Besides the risk of Death.
User-Submitted Answers
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There is no least appealing part of been a firefighter.
2.
I would say the least appealing part of being a fire fighter is seeing someone you are helping as much as possible pass away and you tried everything you could to help them.
3.
The least appealing part of being a firefighter is not being home every night.
4.
I think the least appealing part is being away from home for so much time but I know that everyone who works in the fire service has had to pay their dues and spend time away from their family and friends and at the end of the day it is more than worth it because you are getting to help others and provide for your family at the same time. I know it won't be easy but I know everyone up here has had to sacrifice as well.
Question 23 of 25
Tell me a little bit about your fire fighter training.
User-Submitted Answers
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I have not had any specific fire fighting training but as I spoke of earlier I have had multiple jobs and life experiences that have I believe have helped train me for this job.
2.
I have received my firefighter one, two, hazmat operations, driver/pump operator, multiple trainings in all areas of firefighting through my past 5 years of volunteer firefighting.
3.
I attended the Luis f garland fire academy in san angelo texas where I attained all my basic fire certs, then I returned for advanced training in hazmat training. I also completed additional training at my home station, to include rescue technician, emt, and facc operator.
Question 24 of 25
How have you prepared yourself to remain calm and react effectively at emergency scenes?
User-Submitted Answers
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I am a self motivated person therefore I am always mentally and physically ready for work.
2.
I have prepared myself to remain calm and react effectively at emergency scenes through my past experience as a volunteer firefighter and as a paramedic. In fact the more calls I have been on has taught me how to teach myself to remain calm.
3.
I have prepared myself through experience, I have seen some terrible things and initially it is shocking but after a while you learn to take deep breaths and control your nerves so you can perform your duties effectively.
4.
Observ the situation, be professional as the way we were taught to do.
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What has prepared me the most for emergency scene response were the ride alongs I was able to go on for my EMT class and when I went on ride alongs with Normans fire service. I got to see first hand how remaining calm can help everyone else on the scene keep more calm and help with smarter decision making and overall less panic.
Question 25 of 25
Do you aspire to be the Fire Fighter Chief one day?
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Yes I aspire to be the Fire Chief one day and to move up as much as I am able. I love learning more and more about this job each day and I hope that continues as I get further into the process.
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If the opportunity came up, yes I would become aspired enough to become fire fighter chief. I think with my chances to gain my respect and build leadership within a fire department would allow me to gain interest in becoming chief.
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I do aspire to be a fire chief one day, but I need more experience in the trade and know how about the job before I can command an entire station.

About Firefighter

August 26th, 2017

Firefighters are trained to respond to different types of emergencies, ranging from fires, flooding and chemical spills to car crashes and water rescue operations. Their main aim is to rescue humans and animals from life-threatening situations. Firefighters undergo intensive training in first-aid, safety protocols under different circumstances and the use of firefighting and varied rescue equipment. They work for local firefighting services, the armed forces, airports, and ports.
There are no minimum academic requirements to become a firefighter, though taking subjects such as chemical science, engineering or material science can boost job prospects and open up promotional avenues. Firefighters must have above average physical strength and stamina, excellent eyesight and hearing, be able to think and act quickly under pressure and work well as a team member.
At your interview, the interviewer will want to know more about why you chose this particular path and whether you are aware of the risks involved. To get hired as a firefighter, your replies must reflect your passion and commitment to saving human life under the most extreme circumstances. One way to prepare for your upcoming interview is by thinking about how you will answer some of the questions that interviewers typically ask at firefighter interviews. You can find these questions listed at Mock Questions.



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