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    I am New at the hiring process and such. My question is what kind of question are frequently asked at an interview?


  • #2
    Check out Eatstress.com, this site has tons of questions about the oral boards and the process of getting hired as a firefighter. Good Luck!


    • #3
      I second the motion - See the Eatstress.com website,

      BUT . . . Look here first.

      Cpt. Bob Smith (Who's web site happens to be eatstress.com) posted a list of basic interview / oral review board questions here (and they are GREAT !). He has also posted some other great tips on interview skills.

      Good Luck with the Job Search.

      Take Care - Stay Safe

      *Shameless website plug* Also if your looking for jobs - check out my search links page at http://www.geocities.com/n2dfire72/jobsearch.html


      • #4
        Thirty-Plus Basic Oral

        Board Questions

        I believe there are only about 30 oral board questions. Plus or minus a
        couple. But these 30 can be disguised into hundreds of different

        Here is a simple way to break a disguised question down. Dissect the
        question down to its simplest term, one word, of what the question is
        really about. Once you have removed the disguise, you can place it in one
        of the 30 plus oral board questions you already have answers for. This is
        one of the simple tools we have
        to uncomplicate the oral board process.

        Here is the list of the "Thirty Plus Oral Board Questions":

        Thirty-Plus Basic Oral

        Board Questions

        1. Tell us about yourself.

        2. Why do you want to be a firefighter? When did you decide on this

        3. What is the job of a firefighter? Are you qualified?

        4. What have you done to prepare for this position?

        5. What are you bringing to the job?

        6. Why do you want to work for this city or agency?

        7. What do you know about his city or agency?

        8. What do you like to do? What are your hobbies?

        9. What are your strengths? Weaknesses?

        10. What would your employer say about you?

        11. What are the attributes of a firefighter? What is the most important
        one to you?

        How Would You Handle the Following Scenarios?

        12. Drinking or drugs on the job? 13. Stealing on the job? 14. Conflict with
        another employee?

        15. Irate citizen? 16. An employee crisis at an emergency? 17. Sexual

        18. Racial situation? 19. Conflicting orders at an emergency? 20. An order
        that could place you in great danger or be morally wrong?

        21. What do you say when you don't know an answer to a question?

        22. Are you on any other hiring lists? What would you do if another city
        called you?

        23. When can you start if we offered you the job?

        24. How far do you want to go in the fire service? Where do you see
        yourself in 5 years?

        25. What are the quality traits of a firefighter? Which one is the most
        important to you?

        26. Have you ever been in an emergency situation? Tell us what you did?

        27. What word would best describes you in a positive way? A negative

        28. How do you handle conflict?

        29. Why would we select you over the other candidates?

        30. Do you have anything to add?

        In reference to the above, several candidates have called me about the
        following question: You're a firefighter and the guys in the station want to
        you to participate with them to play a joke on the female firefighter. What
        do you do?

        Many candidates have said, "Well these kinds of jokes are part of being a
        firefighter, or we are a family; it's expected, or depending how bad the
        joke is, or I've played jokes on others before, etc."

        Let's go back to the original formula on this page. Dissect the question
        down to its simplest form to one or two words. What is the core purpose of
        this question? Take off the disguise and you will have one of the questions
        from the 30 plus oral board list above.

        Have you got it?

        It's . . . . SEXUAL HARASSMENT!

        Many of the candidates screamed out loud when they finally figured out
        the real purpose of the question. Too many gave a poor answer.

        Now what's your answer?

        This is a simple tool to uncomplicate the process. There are only about 30
        oral board questions. They can be disguised in hundreds of different ways.
        It's your job to take off the disguise and find the real question and have a
        "Nugget" answer to satisfy the oral board, get your best score on the
        answer and cause the
        board to go onto the next question.

        This "Nugget" tool is one of several that can separate you from number 40
        and below on a list to between 1 and 10 where you get a shot at the
        badge. You'll know the difference when the call comes in to go to the
        Chief's oral. It can happen quicker than you can imagine. Click here and
        see how this magic happened for Phil.

        One of my candidates, Ed, called that he is in the academy at Seattle. The
        day he thought would never come did! Overnight he doubled his income,
        moved into a new house and is loving every minute of the job he had
        dreamed about for years.

        There are only 30 questions. What are your answers? Take the question
        apart, know the real purpose of the question and deliver your "Nugget"
        answer. Next question please.

        Nothing counts ''til you have the badge. Nothing!

        In reference to the above I received this question:

        I'm not trying to be cheeky, this is a serious reply. Would the Board ever
        ask the question in reverse? Meaning would they ask a female candidate if
        they would participate in a joke on a male candidate? If yes, would they be
        looking for the candidate to reply no, that it would be sexual harassment?
        Would it be appropriate for either gender to say they would participate,
        distinguishing that only if the joke would not be of a nature that may be
        sexual harassment? This issue is very important in my city, because they
        are on the verge of hiring the first female firefighter. Not only do male
        candidates want to make it understood that they are able to work with
        females in this environment, likewise I would not want to appear as if I
        was concerned about this type of scenario or uncomfortable and
        oversensitive about the cajoling that goes on.

        "Captain Bob's" reply:
        Subject: Sexual Harassment

        Sexual harassment questions are the most dangerous of oral board areas.
        It's a can of worms you don't want to open. If you do, you will never be
        able to close the can. You need to keep your answers short and simple
        here. Otherwise, you will tank yourself big time. It has nothing to do with
        which gender, it's how it's interpreted by the person that is offended.

        Fantasy land:

        The oral interview is like fantasy land. It is not like the real world. Your
        answers in the oral board might not be what you would do in real life.
        Don't fall into the trap. The board understands the rules, you can't fool
        them. If you try, the
        board will crank up the music and let you dance your fool head off. Don't
        try to intellectualize and bring heavy logic to this process. If you do,
        someone, who understands the rules in fantasy land better will get the
        badge. So, please follow
        the yellow brick road rules in fantasy land and don't look behind the

        You don't think so? Well, my Son's captain was on an oral board for five
        days. One candidate got top scores. When they were finished and
        completing their comments and scores this candidate said, "I'm sure glad
        that's over. They said yea, O.K.. He said because their coming. They look
        up and said who's coming. He said the Martian's are coming. They
        chuckled. He got mad. Turns out this guy was a genuine kook. But he did
        so well in the oral because he lived in fantasy land and new the rules.
        Don't ever forget this! It's a true story!

        So in this fantasy land environment, sexual harassment is not tolerated. If
        you try to draw a line at cajoling, where does it stop? At sarcastic
        comments, physical contact? You will open a can of worms trying to make
        everyone happy. You could express how an easy going person you are, but
        sexual harassment is not tolerated. Again that is determined by the person
        who is offended. Male or female. It's the LAW! There are personnel rules to
        protect you.

        Understand that if the oral board fires up a question that sounds like
        drinking on the job, it's going to be about drinking on the job. If it's a
        question that sounds like taking drugs on the job, it's going to be about
        taking drugs on the job; It's not going to be aspirin. If the question sounds
        like it's about stealing on the job, it's going to be about stealing on the job.
        If they fire up a question that sounds like sexual harassment, that's what
        it's going to be about, or they wouldn't bring it up.

        If they fire up these questions, take off the disguise ask questions to verify
        what you suspect and then take action in fantasy land. Don't be like so
        many candidates by starting a soap opera.


        You go in the locker room and see a fellow firefighter drinking something
        that looks like alcohol. What do you do? The clone, soap opera answer
        would be: I would try to get him into the day room, play cards and try to
        smell his breath; or I would have him go home sick, or have another
        firefighter come into relieve him. These are all soap opera answers. Don't
        go on this journey. They are insulting to the oral board. You will loose
        valuable points here. We are intelligent beings on the other side of the
        table. Give us credit for that. Don't start a soap opera.

        Ask a question that would verify your suspicions and give a direct answer;
        not a soap opera.

        "Absolutely nothing counts 'til you have the badge . . . Nothing!"

        Absolutely nothing counts 'til you have the badge. Nothing!

        "Captain Bob"


        • #5
          Thank you Capt. Bob, I too am in the process of trying to get hired and I have been looking for this type of info. Again thank you.
          stay safe

          [This message has been edited by Fire29_1999 (edited October 29, 2000).]


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