Interviews Questions by Career
Interviews Questions by Company
Interviews Questions by Topic
Get Started
Interview Coach 1:1
Gain the confidence you need by asking our professionals any interview scenario, question, or answer you are unsure about.
Let Us Review Your Answers
Our interviewing professionals will gladly review and revise any answer you send us. Allowing you to craft perfect responses for your next job interview.
Interview Questions by Topic
Interview Questions by Career
Interview Questions by Company

Wildland Firefighter Interview
Questions

30 Questions and Answers by Elisabeth Walter

Updated August 21st, 2018
Job Interviews     Careers     Protective Services    
Question 1 of 30
How do you stay in peak physical condition?
View Answer
How to Answer
For firefighters who are currently working or volunteering at a local department, the routine procedures on their shifts can be sufficient to keep them in great shape! Most workout regularly to maintain their strength and flexibility. Share your workout routine and what you do on a daily basis to stay healthy.
1000s of Interview Questions
Win your next job by practicing from our question bank. We have thousands of questions and answers created by interview experts.
Suggested
Interview Q&As
Explore expert tips and resources to be more confident in your next interview.
Behavioral
Common
Phone
Tough
Leadership
All Interview Topics
All Career Q&As
Suggested Career
Interview Q&As
Continue practicing by visiting these similar question sets
Fire Inspector
Investigator
Paramedic
Security Guard
Answer Examples
1.
How do you stay in peak physical condition?
For firefighters who are currently working or volunteering at a local department, the routine procedures on their shifts can be sufficient to keep them in great shape! Most workout regularly to maintain their strength and flexibility. Share your workout routine and what you do on a daily basis to stay healthy.
2.
What makes you the most qualified for this position?
"I have been training all winter by backpacking through the wilderness and lifting weights. I have also completed wilderness safety training and previously worked as a volunteer firefighter. I am well-versed in fire safety and prevention and I know I'll make a great addition to your team!"

Now is the time to sell yourself! Before your interview, take some time to review your resume and reflect on your past experiences that have prepared you to get to this point in your career. Any wilderness, safety training or completion of fire science courses will score you extra points! If you have experience as a volunteer firefighter, talk about some of the skills you acquired!
Elisabeth's Answer
"I have been training all winter by backpacking through the wilderness and lifting weights. I have also completed wilderness safety training and previously worked as a volunteer firefighter. I am well-versed in fire safety and prevention and I know I'll make a great addition to your team!"
3.
How would you handle an irate citizen?
In your line of work, it's quite possible you will interact with individuals living in the areas that are affected by potential fire damage. You will need to be able to help them remain calm and follow procedures to keep them safe. Often times people are forced from their homes when a wildfire spreads out of control. It can be extremely emotional and devastating to watch your land go up in flames. Explain to the interviewer how you would help a citizen who was angry or upset in one of these challenging situations. You might need to focus on getting them to safety first and then provide the emotional support once they are protected. Use your best judgement and remember, safety first!
4.
How have you made an impact on your team in the past?
"When I worked as a teacher, I was always encouraging the other members of my team. We developed a strong bond by making a commitment to support each other through the challenges of dealing with difficult parents, students, and managing a heavy workload."

Whether you are the strongest firefighter on your team or the most enthusiastic, your contribution will make a huge difference! Your ability to motivate others and communicate effectively will help keep everyone going on those long, arduous days in the field. Give an example that demonstrates some of your top qualities.
Elisabeth's Answer
"When I worked as a teacher, I was always encouraging the other members of my team. We developed a strong bond by making a commitment to support each other through the challenges of dealing with difficult parents, students, and managing a heavy workload."
5.
Why are you leaving your current role?
"I am ready to take my career to the next level. I have been working for the juvenile justice department for three years but I always wanted to be a firefighter. I have been training for months and volunteering at the local fire department. I know that I'm ready to take on the responsibilities and ready to make the sacrifices to do so."

Share what you're looking forward to in this new role as a wildland firefighter. If you were working in another field prior to public safety, talk about how you became interested in this new job. Share how you have been working towards it and how you believe you will excel in the field.
Elisabeth's Answer
"I am ready to take my career to the next level. I have been working for the juvenile justice department for three years but I always wanted to be a firefighter. I have been training for months and volunteering at the local fire department. I know that I'm ready to take on the responsibilities and ready to make the sacrifices to do so."
6.
Tell me about your firefighting training.
The most difficult part of your training is most likely going to be the physical part. For wildland firefighters are required to pass a "Pack Test" which involves carrying a 45 lb. pack for 45 minutes while hiking. There is also a "Field Test" and a "Walk Test." The only option is pass or fail, so the interviewer will be able to tell you if you are moving forward in the interview process immediately after completing the tests, as they are qualifiers that indicate whether you can handle the level of physical challenge you will experience on the job. You will need to start training at least four to six weeks prior to testing. Your physical health is important to ensure your personal safety and the safety of others. Show them that you are prepared by getting in shape!
Elisabeth's Answer
"Pack Test"
7.
Tell me about your leadership abilities.
The interviewer wants to hear that you have experience leading a team. This doesn't necessarily mean you were a manager or that you were a captain. Good leaders have the ability to lead by example through their words and their actions. Strong leaders have exceptional interpersonal skills and can communicate effectively with all personalities in even the most stressful situations. Leaders listen to others and are observant to anticipate needs before urgent action needs to be taken. If you have experience leading a team, share what your team accomplished and how your qualities helped enhance the team.
8.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
"I enjoy the community of my team and the satisfaction of preserving the land. Even after 15 days of manual labor in the sun, I am so happy with the work I've done."

You may be operating a chainsaw for hours on end or digging line in over a hundred degree weather. Working as a wildland firefighter is hard work! At the end of the day, think about what keeps you fighting fires every summer, regardless of the challenges.
Elisabeth's Answer
"I enjoy the community of my team and the satisfaction of preserving the land. Even after 15 days of manual labor in the sun, I am so happy with the work I've done."
9.
Tell me about a time when you faced an emergency situation.
"When I was working for the local fire department, I arrived on the scene of a brutal car accident. I had to carefully work with the paramedics to remove a woman from the car who had suffered a concussion and major lacerations to her face. I stayed calm and focused my attention on the safety of the injured individuals. We were able to provide support to the paramedics and successfully transport the woman to the hospital."

If you have worked as a safety or healthcare professional in the past, you have experienced a wide variety of emergency situations. The interviewer wants to hear that you know how to stay calm in the face of an emergency and follow procedures. You want to show them you have the common sense and the experience to know how to deal with major and minor emergencies. You will need to act quickly, making split-second decisions. Give an example that demonstrates your ability to deal with the stress of an emergency and successfully navigate the situation.
Elisabeth's Answer
"When I was working for the local fire department, I arrived on the scene of a brutal car accident. I had to carefully work with the paramedics to remove a woman from the car who had suffered a concussion and major lacerations to her face. I stayed calm and focused my attention on the safety of the injured individuals. We were able to provide support to the paramedics and successfully transport the woman to the hospital."
10.
What is an area you can improve on?
"It can be easy to burn yourself out when you aren't pacing yourself on the job. I have been working on building up my stamina so that I can work for longer hours at a time. I know that I'm strong, and I get stronger every day that I'm out in the field. It has been helpful to learn to slow down and take breaks from time to time to make sure that I can get through three weeks clearing trees and putting out fires."

To successfully answer this question, you will need to be strategic! First, think of an area where you can improve. For example, maybe you could do a better job of taking the initiative to solve problems before they become an issue. Even though it may feel vulnerable to share a weakness, your self-awareness is a strength! Your insight that you need to grow in this area shows the interviewer that you know you have room for improvement and that you have a desire to grow. Now, think about how you can explain what you're doing to improve. Don't be hard on yourself! You can improve if you work at it! Show that you are proactive in growing and learning from your weaknesses!
Elisabeth's Answer
"It can be easy to burn yourself out when you aren't pacing yourself on the job. I have been working on building up my stamina so that I can work for longer hours at a time. I know that I'm strong, and I get stronger every day that I'm out in the field. It has been helpful to learn to slow down and take breaks from time to time to make sure that I can get through three weeks clearing trees and putting out fires."
11.
Why do you want to work for our organization?
Wildland firefighters typically work seasonally during the peak time of potential fire outbreaks. You may be interviewing for the U.S. National Park Service or the U.S. Forest Service. Some local fire departments even have a wildfire unit. You want to show them that you're serious enough about the job to do your research. Take some time to learn more about their mission, values and their culture. Learn as much as you can about what others are saying about working for them, through researching online sources like forums or networking with other firefighters in your community. You want to demonstrate that you are invested in the company by sharing what you have learned from your research and what interests you about the company. Find out what sets them apart from all of the other fire departments.
12.
What motivates you as a wildland firefighter?
"I am motivated by my teammates. It is so cool to collaborate with so many strong and skilled individuals and see results at the end of the day. We all work really hard and encourage each other to stay focused, even when we face an overwhelming situation."

Share what keeps you going, even in the toughest situations. The interviewer wants to hear that you are passionate about what you do! Firefighters often work long hours, responding to one emergency call after the next. It's your passion and commitment to your job that often gets you through the wildest of fires.
Elisabeth's Answer
"I am motivated by my teammates. It is so cool to collaborate with so many strong and skilled individuals and see results at the end of the day. We all work really hard and encourage each other to stay focused, even when we face an overwhelming situation."
13.
What types of water pumps have you trained with or used in previous firefighting jobs?
The interviewer is most interested in hearing about your experience handling water pumps, whether its an Enduraplus Firefighting Skid Sprayer or a Northstar High -Pressure Water Pump. Depending on the size of the fire and the size of your team, you may need a different water pump. If you are familiar particular brands or models, talk about those specific tools. Give the interviewer some context about the situation by sharing an example that demonstrates your experience with battling fires and using this equipment.
14.
Have you ever been overloaded with work?
For most people, the answer is an enthusiastic YES! It can be difficult to handle stressful situations where you are faced with grueling days of manual labor. Most wildland firefighters work during the summer months, which means you're dealing with the heat too! You may be expected to make sacrifices, setting aside time with your family to be on the ground hacking away at dead trees. Explain to the interviewer that you are used to handling a heavy workload and prepared to face a busy summer.
15.
How do you handle stress and pressure?
Imagine looking down from a helicopter hovering hundreds of feet above a raging fire that is spreading at a rapid speed. You are tasked with suppressing the fire as quickly as possible and two of the members of your team are missing! The job of a wildland firefighter can be extremely stressful, to say the least! Share how you manage stress on the job and in your down time. It's important to strike a balance so that you don't burn out. Explain any techniques that have helped you while you're at work. Some have found it helpful to focus on one thing at a time, not letting themselves get too overwhelmed with the big picture, especially when facing a fire that has gotten out of control. Share what works for you!
More Interview Q&As
Explore expert tips and resources to be more confident in your next interview.
Behavioral
Common
Phone
Tough
Leadership
All Interview Topics
All Career Q&As
Suggested Career
Interview Q&As
Continue practicing by visiting these similar question sets
Fire Inspector
Investigator
Paramedic
Security Guard
30 Wildland Firefighter Interview Questions
Win your next job by practicing from our question bank. We have thousands of questions and answers created by interview experts.
Interview Questions
  1. How do you stay in peak physical condition?
  2. What makes you the most qualified for this position?
  3. How would you handle an irate citizen?
  4. How have you made an impact on your team in the past?
  5. Why are you leaving your current role?
  6. Tell me about your firefighting training.
  7. Tell me about your leadership abilities.
  8. What do you enjoy most about your job?
  9. Tell me about a time when you faced an emergency situation.
  10. What is an area you can improve on?
  11. Why do you want to work for our organization?
  12. What motivates you as a wildland firefighter?
  13. What types of water pumps have you trained with or used in previous firefighting jobs?
  14. Have you ever been overloaded with work?
  15. How do you handle stress and pressure?
  16. Describe a difficult project and how you overcame it?
  17. How do you handle conflict with a member of your team?
  18. Why is it important to understand your safety zones and escape routes before starting your day?
  19. How do you and your family feel about your work schedule?
  20. Why do you think it is important to educate the public about fire safety?
  21. What is the advantage of working in teams?
  22. How have you been working to improve yourself over the past month?
  23. What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a firefighter?
  24. Tell us about yourself.
  25. Why do you want to work in this industry?
  26. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  27. Give an example that demonstrates your attention to detail.
  28. What makes you passionate about fighting fires?
  29. What do you feel is the most important quality a wildland firefighter should possess?
  30. What excites you about working as a wildland firefighter.
Disclaimer
Our interview questions and answers are created by experienced recruiters and interviewers. These questions and answers do not represent any organization, school, or company on our site. Interview questions and answer examples and any other content may be used else where on the site. We do not claim our questions will be asked in any interview you may have. Our goal is to create interview questions and answers that will best prepare you for your interview, and that means we do not want you to memorize our answers. You must create your own answers, and be prepared for any interview question in any interview.
Learn more about what we believe >
Read our Terms of Use for more information >