Chief Lepore’s most popular book, Smoke Your Firefighter Interview, is now available in a 4 CD audio set, packed with over 5 hours of essential information. It provides listeners with a view of the interview from the perspective of the panel raters. The objective is for candidates to see themselves through the eyes of the raters. After listening to the CDs, candidates will understand exactly how they are being scored. More importantly, they will understand how to completely answer the types of questions that they will encounter on the fire department interview. Since it is often weighted 100% of the candidate’s final score, earning a high score on the interview is essential to getting hired.
In these CDs, Chief Lepore uses his 28 years of fire service experience to review over 90 commonly-asked fire department interview questions. He shares not only the questions that you can expect in your fire department interview, but also how the panel expects the entry-level candidate to answer them. Most importantly, Chief Lepore explains the reasons for the correct answer. The “Reasoning” portion that follows each question is often longer than the answer itself and covers the exact key points that the interviewers are looking for. This section includes discussions on the following: expectations of a probationary firefighter; understanding the candidate’s knowledge of their position within the organization; the rank structure of the fire service; and how to expertly navigate the tricky waters of stepping up as the new firefighter when he or she identifies something that is not right. The reasoning section is designed to provide an in-depth insight into the unique culture present in every fire station in every department throughout the country. It is expected that entry-level firefighters understand the culture prior to getting hired. For those who understand it, the interview questions make more sense. For those who are new to the fire service culture, passing the interview can be a daunting task.
The interview panel will quickly identify candidates who simply memorize the answers to both routine and complex questions, but have no understanding as to why they would act or perform in a certain way. The panel’s follow-up questions are designed to identify how committed candidates are to their answers.
The Smoke Your Firefighter Interview 4 CD Set allows listeners to do more than simply memorize the right answer. By explaining the rationale, listeners are able to understand and internalize the “right” answer. Since listeners now completely understand the concepts, they are able to clearly express their thoughts to the oral board. The oral interview is the most important part of the hiring process. Reading the book will absolutely help you advance your scores, but being able to hear the information over and over will reinforce the concepts behind the correct answers while you are on the go.