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We have posted firefighter job listings in Alaska and Alabama to our firefighter job listings page. The firefighter job listings are organized by state and include links to either the fire department’s home page, or the city’s human resources department. One of these sites will have the information in order to fill out a firefighter application. The application is the first step in the process of getting hired. Our Firefighter Entrance Exam ebook covers the entire application process and then teaches you how to study effectively. It prepares you for each part of the written exam including math, reading comprehension, map reading, memory recall, verbal reasoning, and mechanical aptitude. It also includes a comprehensive section on the physical ability test and the oral interview. After you view our firefighter job listings go ahead and check out of firefighter entrance exam ebook.

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Here are a few tips from our book “The Fire Officer Interview“. In addition to covering over 80 interview questions that have been used in actual interview across the United States, we also lay out a comprehensive study system. We have found that this system works very well in teaching candidates to answer questions on the fly by putting their thoughts into concise and thoughtful answers. Part of the study system is a basic set of study tips to maximize information retention. Here are a few of them:

  • First you need to set a schedule. People retain information best when it is consistently reinforced. It is beneficial to study at the same time each day, but as long as you are studying consistently every day you will be on the right path. You should always find a quiet place away from distractions and noise. Have the wife take the kids for a walk if that’s what it takes to get some quiet time.
  • Start early. As soon as the written test is over you should begin studying for the interview. You can start with SOP/SOG review. Once you know you scored high enough for an interview you can begin studying the interview questions found in our book. The important thing is to start right away so that you’re not cramming. This is vital because as you review the questions and answers over and over you will begin to refine your answers over a period of days and weeks. You will also begin to answer smoothly and remove the “umms” and “awwws” from your speech. This is only possibly through repetition and time, so start early.
  • Rehearse like it is the real thing. It is crucial that you speak your answers out loud, rather than voice them in your head. Practice this over and over. Have your wife, parents, or fellow firefighters ask you the questions from our book randomly. Have them make changes and create variations of the scenarios. Put on your jacket and tie if you’re not used to wearing one. You want the practice to be so real that when the big day comes, nothing will feel uncomfortable or out of place.
  • Take one day off. We recommend taking a day off two days before the interview. If you have studied as we recommend its time for a break. Go do something to take your mind off the interview. Relax and get rid of the stress. The next day you can do a quick review and be in bed early.

These are some of the tips available in our book “The Fire Officer Interview”.  You can purchase the book through paypal and get an instant download.

Fire Officer Interview Questions

 

Our newly updated book with Fire Captain and Fire Lieutenant Interview questions has been updated with several new questions. These came from recent fire captain interviews in California and Texas. Below is one of the newly added questions.

Please describe for the panel the different levels of progressive discipline that a Captain can administer in our department.

Eric’s Answer:     Our standard operating procedures are very clear with regard to progressive discipline. The different levels are: coaching, verbal counseling, verbal reprimand, written reprimand, suspension, and termination. As a Captain on the department I can directly administer all levels up to a written reprimand. Suspension and termination are handled by the Battalion Chiefs and Fire Chief. Discipline is the process of correcting unwanted behavior, my goal will be to set clear expectations and correct any problems with coaching, before they grow into larger problems. If I have to move up the discipline ladder I will carefully document all of my actions and keep my Batallion Chief informed of the situation as it progresses. If the process goes to suspension or termination, I will continue to support the command staff and work to correct the problem.

Thanks for the email Eric! You can find this question and many more in our newly updated Fire Officer Interview Book.

Fire Officer Interview Questions

We recently spoke with a newly promoted Fire Captain about his oral board interview. We thought his insight might be helpful to those of you who are working to promote in the near future. He is one of our customers and also shared a fire captain oral board interview questions with us. You can find this questions and many more in our Fire Officer Interview ebook.

Jason,

Thanks for all the emails and additional insight into the questions I was struggling with. I had my interview last week and just received the phone call with the official job offer. I can’t tell how much this means to my family and me. Your ebook and numerous emails truely gave me a leg up on the competition. After struggling through previous medic and engineer interviews I knew this one had to be a homerun, and it was. My panel consisted of my fire chief, a deputy chief, and two battalion chiefs. There was also a deputy chief from the police department, and a local district judge on the panel.  They each took a turn asking me questions. I think they asked two each for a total of ten questions. Nine of the questions were almost verbatim out of your book. There was only one question I was not fully prepared for. They asked me to explain what discipline meant to me. I was fully prepared to explain the process of progressive discipline and even detail each step, but defining what it meant to me was tricky.

I told them that my interpretation of discipline is to correct behavior that is not up to par or inappropriate by using a progressive discipline policy. I also stated that discipline means being orderly, following standard procedures, and not becoming complacent. I plan on running a disciplined crew in my house and also using discipline to correct any behavior that is out of line.

Thanks again for all your help – Franko

Thanks Franko, I could not have said it any better. You can find Franko’s question and many other Fire Captain Oral Board Interview questions in our Fire Officer Interview Ebook below.

Fire Officer Interview Questions

A fire officer interview is arguably one of the most stressful events of your life. Mental preparation is a key to a successful interview. Here are a few ways to be mentally prepped and ready for this critical event.

1. Study regularly. You should not be attempting to cram in the days right before an interview. Set a study schedule and stick to it. The day before the interview should consist of a brief review and some time to relax.

2. Sleep. Numerous study have shown that most people test better if they go to bed rather than forgo sleep to study. The studies also show that getting up early to review is more beneficial than sleeping in late and not reviewing.

3. Eat breakfast. Your body recalls information better when you eat breakfast. It is also shown to improve critical thinking and reasoning skills.

4. Arrive early to the interview. This gives you plenty of time to relax in you car or inside before the stress begins.

5. Know that you studied the correct material. These interviews are incredibly difficult. The biggest way to reduce your stress is to know that you studied the correct material. If you purchased our Fire Officer Interview Questions ebook you will be studying over 85 questions that were used in other Fire Officer interviews. Our customers are reporting that our ebook covers over 90% of their interview questions. This is the single greatest way to reduce stress and build confidence when going into a life changing interview. Below is a link to our product.

Fire Officer Interview Questions

Over the last few months we have been collecting feedback from our customers who purchased the Fire Engineer / Driver Operator Interview Ebook.  After they complete their interview we ask if our guide was helpful, and if they were asked any questions not covered in our ebook. If we feel the questions are good enough they could be asked in interviews for other departments, then we add them to our ebook. Most of our customers report that our guide covers roughly 90% of the questions asked in their interviews. We are pleased to have added 7 new questions related to apparatus positioning, personal accountability, common hose practices, department SOPs, and “fill-in” status for officer. Our updated fire engineer / driver operator ebook is now on sale. Just click the link or the picture.

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Fall Book Updates

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We have updated our Fire Officer Interview Questions ebook with several new interview questions that were asked to our customers over the summer. The questions relate to progressive discipline, personnel problems, SOP questions, and even very basic attire questions. All of these are very common questions that are asked in interviews for Fire Captain and Fire Lieutenant. You can purchase our new and updated Fire Officer Interview ebook by clicking the image below. Be sure to keep an eye out for our updated Fire Engineer Interview ebook, which releases next week!

Fire Officer Interview Questions

 

 

Glenn recently purchased The Fire Officer Interview Guide as preparation for his Fire Lieutenant Oral interview.  He emailed us after his interview with some helpful information. Here is what Glenn wrote:

Jason, Thanks for your help with the new download link for my work computer. I went over your questions for two weeks every night. My interview panel consisted of the Fire Chief, two Assistant Chiefs, and two Battalion Chiefs. They asked me 11 questions. I wrote them all down when I got outside to my car. As I looked back, 9 of them were almost verbatim from your guide. One question was very specific for our department, however the last question was pretty general and something you may want to add to your guide. Here is it, and thanks for all your help.

If you are not promoted to Lieutenant/Captain, how will you continue to support your chief and command staff?  What actions will you take in the next 12 months and beyond?

-Glenn

Thanks for the new question Glenn, we have already added it to our Fire Officer Interview Guide. This is a hard question, not because of the substance, but because it opens the door for a candidate to trip themselves up, or say the wrong thing. I personally would answer the question like this:

“Getting promoted to the position of Fire Lieutenant has been a goal of mine for a long time. As you can see from my resume I have worked extremely hard over the last few years attending training seminars and going to lectures in order to prepare myself for this position. If I am not promoted I will be disappointed, however nothing will change. I will continue seeing out every training opportunity I can find, and working hard to achieve this goal. ”

We like this answer because it shows that you (1) really want the position, (2) have properly prepared yourself for the position, and most importantly (3) will continue to train and prepare for the position. Do not say anything negative about another candidate, or even hint that you will pout if not promoted.

Thanks again Glenn, and you can find this fire lieutenant interview question in our Fire Officer Interview guide.

Fire Officer Interview Questions

Here is a great fire lieutenant interview question sent to us by one of our customers. He told us his fire Lieutenant interview consisted of 11 interview questions. 9 of his questions were listed word for word in our fire officer interview ebook. Here is the question that we have now added to our ebook:

“Please outline the first meeting you will have with your crew as a newly promoted Fire Lieutenant.”

There are two main areas that must be covered in this answer. The first is to outline what your expectations are of your new crew, and the second is to explain what your crew should expect of you. You need out tell the panel you will sit down with your crew and explain your expectations on everything including fire inspections, training, emergency operations, dress code, and station maintenance.  Many new fire officers choose to actually type these expectations out and have their crew sign them.

The second part of your answer needs to address what your crew should expect of you. You want to explain how you will perform employee evaluations, how you will schedule training to keep your crew up to snuff, and how you plan to run day to day operations.

This is a great question that we have added to our Fire Officer Interview Ebook.

Fire Officer Interview Questions

 

Here at myfirejob.com we offer three unique products. We have the Fire Officer Interview Ebook, the Fire Engineer / Driver Operator Ebook, and the Firefighter Entrance Exam Ebook.  Most of our attention seems to be focused on our Fire Officer Interview book, but this week we received an email asking, “What is the most important thing that I can do to get hired as a firefighter?” We decided to post some no nonsense real world advice for those seeking to enter the fire service.

It’s no secret that competition for these highly coveted fire service jobs is at an all time high.  So how can you set yourself apart from the crowd? First lets look at the actual hiring process. Most department will begin the process by having you fill out an application and then taking a written test. The written test is quite thorough and tests things such as basic math skills, reading comprehension, map reading, memory recall, verbal reasoning and judgement, and many other areas. A department will typically take the top 50-100 written scores and invite them to continue the process.

The next step is a physical ability test. These range from department to department, but most test usually consist of CPAT style movements and tests.  Dummy drags, stair climbs, with pushing and pulling movements for time. These tests typically have a high failure rate for those unprepared. The top25-50 are then usually invited to continue the process and move onto the medical and psychological exams. These tests are done to ensure candidates are physically and mentally capable of doing the job.

The final, and most vital step in the process is the interview. These are usually conducted by a panel that includes the Fire Chief, other high ranking fire officers, and possibly department heads from other parts of the city, such as a police chief.  The interview process is stressful and designed to give the panel a better idea of who you are.

So back to the original question, how can you set yourself apart from the other candidates? The first step is to prepare for the written test. Dedicate every free minute of your time to it. There are no shortcuts and the competition is fierce. Grab a good study guide that will walk you through each part of the written exam and help you prepare for them. We’re partial to our firefighter entrance exam ebook.

You’re best opportunity to set yourself apart from other candidates will come during the interview. This is where you’ll get a chance to showcase your resume and speak to your skills and abilities. Make sure the study guide you purchase covers the oral interview (ours does). You want to always highlight how trainable you are. Honestly regardless of where you came from, that is the number one thing most Chiefs want in recruits. Trainability. If you can convince the panel that you’re easy to train, always have a positive attitude, and wish to dedicate your life to helping others, you will have success.