Oral Interview Tips for Firefighter Candidates - dummies

Oral Interview Tips for Firefighter Candidates

By Stacy L. Bell, Lindsay Rock, Tracey Biscontini

Part of Firefighter Exam For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Fear of speaking before a group of people is common, so many firefighter candidates stress about the oral interview stage of the firefighter hiring process. If you remember the following advice during the oral interview portion of the firefighter exam, however, you’ll have nothing to worry about:

  • Always, always, always arrive on time! In other words, get there 10 to 15 minutes early.

  • Be friendly and courteous. Offer a smile and a handshake at the start and the conclusion of the interview. Keep in mind that interviewers may be instructed to avoid showing any emotion toward you.

  • Sit up straight and maintain your focus during the interview. Avoid yawning or slouching in your chair.

  • Listen carefully to what the interviewers ask, and ask for clarification if you think you need it. In some interviews, however, the interviewer will only repeat the question. He or she may not be permitted to explain the question any further.

  • Think before you speak. Carefully consider what you want to say and organize your thoughts before you answer.

  • Be open and honest with your answers. When it comes to the oral interview, honesty is always the best policy.

  • Consider how each question or situation relates to your personal experiences. Personal stories and anecdotes about your own life can help make your responses more genuine and can help you relax during the interview.

  • After the interview, send thank-you notes to the interviewers.