Guide for the Firefighter Interview
by Shawn Cooligan,
aspiring and current firefighters for effective and professional
fire department entrance interviews.
Practical topics such as recommended attire,
language choice, and appropriate responses prepare you for
presenting in an interview, while topics such as formulating an
answer, developing alternatives and options, and avoiding common
interview errors help you face the challenges of the question and
The book describes the importance of interview
preparation and outlines several areas that require background
knowledge and research. It also provides a framework to structure
your overall preparation in order to avoid canned answers and
emphasize your unique qualifications, leading to success in
acquiring the job.
- Ten Step Process provides you
with an easy-to-follow roadmap to success with the
fire department entrance interview
- Insight is provided on the
interview panel, how the interview is set up, what
the panel is seeking, and why certain questions are
asked to help you prepare a professional
- Worksheets and exercises
within the book help develop your skills in
answering even the most challenging interview
- Coaches you on what will be
expected and how to avoid the mistakes of others
- A mock interview exercise
helps build interviewing confidence
Chapter One –Understanding the Fire
Department Interview The Steps to Success:
Understanding the Hiring Process.
Interview Trends and Practices.
Expectations of the Panel.
Types of Interview Questions.
Analyzing the Four Types of Interview Questions.
Chapter Two – Preparing for the
Preparing for the 4 Types of Interview
Know Your Fire Department and City.
Projecting a Professional Image.
Guidance to Answering an Assortment of Interview Questions.
Avoiding Interview Pitfalls.
Ten Steps of Interview Preparation.
Chapter Three –Work Exercises Desirable
Firefighter Character Traits.
Demonstration of Firefighter Character
Competency Category Questions.
Developing the Situational Question.
Know the Fire Department.
Know the City Work Sheet.
100 Interview Questions.
Mock Interview – Work Sheet
Appendix A – Interview Question
Appendix B – Post Interview Notes.
192 Pages -
8-1/2 x 11 in.
About the Authors:
Acting Captain Shawn Cooligan is a certified
Trainer Facilitator with the Fire Marshal's
Office and has been teaching at the fire academy for 3 years.
Captain Keith Manser has over 21 years on the
job, and experience with hiring, promotional and upgrading boards,
he brings both knowledge of interview mechanics and presentation
skills to the table
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