Before the Interview

The following is a guide for the essential information you should know BEFORE your oral interview.

  1. How long is the probationary period?
  2. What can I expect from the academy?
  3. What is the relationship between the fire department and the community?
  4. How many firefighters are going to be hired and how long is the eligibility list?
  5. What desirable qualifications is the department looking for?
    (You will have already read the job description flyer, but you are looking for the “inside information.”)
  6. What are the strengths of the department?
  7. What are the opportunities for advancement down the road?
  8. What can I do to make a good impression on the oral board?
  9. Is the fire department active in the community?
    (E.g. teaching first aid and CPR courses, public service day, CERT Training, etc.)
  10. What do you like about the department?
  11. What additional projects or assignments are firefighters able to get involved in?
    (E.g. fire prevention bureau, hazardous materials team, confined space or technical rescue, and paramedic program)
  12. What are the different areas of the community that the fire department services?
    (E.g. airport, marine, wild land interface, freeway, commercial, high-rise industrial, residential and beaches)
  13. What special community projects is the fire chief planning to implement?
    (E.g. CERT Program, train a certain percentage of the community in first aid, CPR and AED, immunizations for the community).
  14. What is important to the fire chief?
    (E.g. experience, education, mechanical aptitude, living in the community).
  15. Is the city or county planning to add or delete fire stations?
  16. For the new firefighters who have done well on probation, what qualities do they possess that have made them successful?
  17. Where is the department headed in the future?
    (E.g. hazardous materials teams, weapons of mass destruction task force, immunizations for the community, add a BLS ambulance transport system)
  18. What are some of the biggest morale boosters for the firefighters that have occurred in the last couple of years?
  19. What projects has the department completed in the last few years? What projects are still in the works?
  20. If you were in my position and you wanted to work for this department, what would be your next step?
  21. Is there anyone else that you would recommend I speak to?