Smoke Your Fire Fighter Interview
This new 5th edition of Smoke Your Firefighter Interview has additional questions, expanded answers and reasoning as well as New Paramedic Situational questions. The oral interview is the most important part of the hiring process. Since it is often weighted 100% of the candidate’s final score, earning a high score on the interview is essential to getting hired.
Fire department oral interviews are unique, which is why most people struggle with them. Successful candidates understand exactly what the raters are looking for in an entry-level candidate. Those who don’t may struggle for years, eventually giving up on their dreams. Chief Lepore has proctored hundreds of entry-level interviews. He was amazed at how unprepared most candidates were. 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 the oral interview. His objective is to show the candidate the interview through the eyes of the raters. The more a candidate understands what the oral board is 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 at least 90 of the most commonly asked fire department interview questions. The format is simple: question, answer, and reasoning behind the answer. After answering each 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 rookie firefighter. In short, anyone can memorize questions and answers. Smoke Your Firefighter Interview explains why the answers are correct. In addition to the questions and answers, Chief Lepore explains the rationale for WHY he answers the question the way he does. He includes many follow-up questions as well as explaining the pit falls for many of the questions. Once a candidate understands the 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 she cannot interview favorably, he or she will never get hired.
In addition to over 90 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 and monthly probationary evaluations.