Smoke Your Firefighter Interview

The firefighter interview is the most important part of the hiring process. Since the fire department interview is often weighted 100% of the firefighter recruit’s final score, earning a high score on the firefighter interview is essential to getting hired.

6th Edition:

  • Traditional vs. Video-Based Oral Interviews
  • Expanded Answers and Reasoning
  • New Paramedic Situational questions

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Firefighter interviews are unique

Fire department interviews are different. They are not like any other interview you will ever take. This is the reason why most people struggle with learning how to succeed in a firefighter interview. Successful candidates understand exactly what answers the raters are looking in firefighter interview. Do not be fooled by authors who try to convince you that a book written by a Chief Officer is somewhat out of touch. The reality is that Chief Officers are the ones on the front lines when it comes to new testing methodology and developing new interview questions and processes. To be clear, it is Chief Officers who develop the exams, sit on the interview panels, decide on each candidate’s score, and ultimately decide who to offer the badge to.

Chief Lepore has proctored hundreds of fire department interviews. He was amazed at how unprepared most candidates were for their ever important firefighter interview. He could see that many had the will and desire, but it was very apparent that the vast majority of candidates were ill-prepared for their firefighter interview. His objective is to show the candidate the interview through the eyes of the fire department interview panel raters. The more a candidate understands what the firefighter interview raters are looking for, the more he or she will be able to present as the candidate they have been waiting for.

Smoke Your Firefighter Interview is packed with 360 pages of invaluable information. Chief Lepore covers over 100 of the most commonly asked fire department interview questions. The format is simple: The most commonly asked (and many not so common) fire department interview questions, answers, and reasoning behind the answer.

After answering each firefighter interview question, Chief Lepore carefully and thoroughly explains why he has answered the question the way he did. These reasons often delve into the culture of the fire department and the expectations of a firefighter recruit. In short, anyone can memorize fire department interview questions and answers. Most firefighter interview panels will quickly identify when a candidate has simply memorized answers. When the panel delves into follow-up questions, these candidates are exposed and do not score well.

Firefighter Interview Questions and Answers

Smoke Your Firefighter Interview explains WHY the answers are correct. In addition to providing firefighter questions and answers, Chief Lepore explains the rationale for WHY he answers the question the way he does. This allows the candidate to internalize the concepts that are behind each firefighter interview question. When questioned, the reader of this book will not waver on his or her answer because they understand the reason for giving their answers. For the candidate, this will translate into confidence and composure (as well as giving the right answer).

Chief Lepore includes many firefighter interview follow-up questions as well as explaining the pit falls for many of the questions. Once a candidate understands the firefighter interview process and learns how to present his or her answers, it is not uncommon to get multiple job offers. Instead of struggling to land a job, many candidates are blessed with the ability to select from several departments.

Getting hired on the fire department is all about learning to take a fire department interview. Those who learn will be successful, while those who don t will always struggle. A candidate may be exactly what a fire department is looking for, but if he or does not learn the secrets to performing in the firefighter interview , he or she will never get hired.

In addition to over 100 firefighter interview questions, answers and rationale for the right answers, this book also includes chapters on:

  • Rules of thumb for handling situational questions
  • What to expect from your first day as a firefighter
  • Sample interview rating sheets
  • Description of the job of a firefighter
  • Monthly probationary evaluations
  • Traditional vs. Video-Based Oral Interviews