The Fire Service Interview is based on your experiences and how you have behaved in the past to various situations and in different environments. Therefore you already have the answers to the questions you will be asked. You just need to think of the best examples and answers you can provide to the types of questions that you will be asked. The Fire Service Interview is therefore quite easy to prepare for even though at first it may seem quite daunting. Therefore preparation is the key. Knowing the type of questions you will be asked along with the examples you will provide, making sure they are detailed relate to the PQA's Will not only increase your chances of passing the interview but will also help you feel more confident and at ease during the interview which will be quite apparent to the interviewers. The interviewers are highly trained and very experienced and quite used to candidates being very nervous, so you can imagine how an applicant who is obviously well prepared for the interview and who appears confident and less nervous will stand a much greater chance of impressing the interviewers and passing the interview. This is your chance to show them that you have the qualities they are looking for in you as a Firefighter. Most people who attend the Firefighter selection interview do not prepare effectively and ultimately this often results in a fail. By knowing what the scoring criteria is prior to your interview your chances of success will increase dramatically!
During the Firefighter interview you will be assessed on how closely you match the Personal Qualities and Attributes (PQA's) that are relevant to the role.
Some examples of PQA’s are:-
• Working with Others – Give examples of how you have worked effectively with others within your work or within the community? • Openness to Change – When have you demonstrated an openness to change and actively seek to support it?
These are just two of the many PQA’s that the interviewers will be looking for to access your suitability as a Firefighter. It is imperative that you can demonstrate in your responses to the interview questions where you can match the Personal Qualities and Attributes. If you do not demonstrate these PQA's during the Firefighter interview then you are likely to fail.
The way in which you structure your responses to the interview questions is very important.
It is essential that you practice your responses to the interview questions before you attend the actual Firefighter Interview. You will be assessed during the Firefighter interview on the Personal Qualities and Attributes that are relevant to the role including that of Effective Communication. This basically means that you must be able to communicate effectively. during the Firefighter interview and structure your responses in a logical, concise and relevant manner.
Preparing for the Fire Service Interview. In planning your answers try to follow a set routine using the STAR acronym:-
• Situation: What was it the situation? • Task: What needed to be achieved? • Action: What action did you take to achieve the goal? • Result: What was the outcome? Try to have at least two if not three examples for each PQA main heading to ensure that you do not have to use the same situation and examples over again. This is far more credible and interesting for the interviewers. On the day of your Fire Service Interview. Part of your preparation for your Fire Service Interview will be to ensure you know where and when you will need to attend, how long it will take to get there, the traffic conditions at that time of day and what time you will need to leave to provide you with enough time to get there around 30 minutes prior to the interview. The last thing you want is to be late or to rush around so much that you arrive red faced, sweating and not relaxed. Take your interview letter with you and any certificates and references you need. Present them neatly in a folder. When you arrive for your interview book in at reception and you will be guided to where you need to be. Ask where the toilet is even if it’s just to have a final check on your appearance. What to wear for your Firefighter Interview? Dress smartly in a clean smart suit is the norm, clean shoes, and tidy hair. Don't forget this is a uniformed job you are trying to join where appearance and discipline rank highly. Even though the interviewers are specifically trained not to judge on appearance you have to realise that simple human nature can sometimes make people judge on your attitude to work and discipline from your appearance.