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If you see two firefighters cheating on a test what would you do?

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  • If you see two firefighters cheating on a test what would you do?

    if you see two firefighters cheating on a test what would you do?
    How would you answer this in a oral board?

  • #2
    I think the oral board answer has to be that you would report them. Same as questions like "What would you do if you saw a coworker stealing from a homeowner or patient on a call?" Our profession relies on public trust. A firefighter should be a person of honesty and integrity, so we can keep that public trust. Also, we have to trust our coworkers as well. Not to mention, we do a difficult, important job, and cheating on application or promotion test means that the department doesn't get the best person to do the job, which doesn't serve the public either.


    • #3
      As someone who has served on oral boards for many years I will say that our civilian review board may ask a question like this, and while the answer is obvious, you need to be genuine. Most people know that saying you'll do this is much harder than putting it into action for real, so they appreciate hearing how you'd handle the complexity of "ratting" on other candidates or firefighters. Remember oral boards are looking to figure out who you are as person, not to see if you know the right answer, as that same question could easily be asked on a test.

      I think one thing I've seen that hurts people in oral boards is trying to figure out what he board wants to hear and crafting your explanation/answer to match that. Often it's pretty obvious. We want to see genuinely decent firefighters who have a strong sense of doing the right thing, being productive members of the organization and community and are going to be decent to work with. In recent years our civilian hiring board has changed a lot in their questioning is becoming much more personality driven. They really are looking for the best human being that can do the job, not as much the strongest candidate as years past. It has resulted in numerous times when no candidates from a given set of interviews were passed on for hiring.


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