wildland firefighter interview questions

15 Toughest Firefighter Interview Questions
  • Why Do You Want to Work in This Industry? …
  • Tell Us About Yourself. …
  • What Do You Think of Your Previous Boss? …
  • Why Are You Leaving Your Current Role? …
  • Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years? …
  • What’s Your Greatest Weakness? …
  • What Salary Are You Looking for? …
  • Why Should I Hire You?

Anna Drexler-Dreis interviews Katrina Mohr (Wildland Firefighter)

Create Interview Notes: One of the advantages of doing a phone screen is that you can have your notes out and easily accessible. So before you take the call, take some time to go through your notes. Open up your laptop – it’s ok, it’s not cheating ;-). Write some tips on post-it notes and stick them to the wall. Do whatever you feel will make you confident. The only caveat I would add would be this – don’t rely on your notes. DO NOT plan to read verbatim from your notes. I interview people for a living. I can tell 100% of the time when people are reading to me. It’s a turn-off. Don’t do it. Use your notes as sign-posts or triggers for key ideas. Don’t rely on them as scripts. Otherwise, you will sound like a robot. And robots don’t get hired.

Its value lies in providing two things: First, it gives you a framework to develop your answer. This helps reduce anxiety when an interviewer asks you to describe a time when you did X. Simply start with describing the situation. Then move on to describing the tasks, then focus on the actions that you personally took, and then wrap it up by providing the results. Simple! Second, this also helps the interviewer understand your story because it is laid out in a very logical. When we tell stories, we tend to bounce around a lot, and all-too-often, critical details are lost in the shuffle. The STAR format helps prevent those important details from being overlooked.

Also, interviewing is stressful. But it doesn’t have to be. A primary reason why people exhibit stress responses during interviews is because they fear the unknown. They’re not sure what to expect, and they’re afraid. You can minimize this fear by putting yourself in your interviewer’s shoes. If you were going to interview a candidate for a position on your crew – what would you ask? What are some important questions that you would need to hear answers to in order to feel comfortable spending the next six months with this candidate?

Prepare the Battlefield – Where are you going to take the call? Do everything in your power to minimize distractions from pets and roommates. I like to walk around, so I avoid taking interviews in my car, or other places where I feel trapped. I also like to talk with my hands, so for me, using a headset – like the free earbuds that come with iPhones, is key. The only drawback is that the microphone picks up everything. Cats meowing, other people’s conversations, car horns, the wind, etc. So be sure you’re relatively secluded when using your earbuds.

Since leaving fire, I have spent over a decade helping people land their dream jobs. So when it comes to acing interviews, I can definitely share some wisdom. One of the biggest things that you can do is also the simplest: prepare. It seems so obvious, but taking the time to anticipate what might be asked and outlining your responses can be a huge differentiator. Many people don’t to do this. And it shows. They’ll get stumped by easy interview questions. They’ll ramble. They’ll start telling one story, then remember a better one, stop, pivot, and start telling a new story, all the while, the interviewer is shaking his or her head wondering “Where is this going?”

Example: “I try to work out at least three times per week. I find that it helps me relieve stress and gives me more energy throughout the day. I also like to run outside because it’s free and I can listen to music while doing it. I think these things help me feel energized and ready to start my shift.”

Wildland firefighter interview questions will assess your physical fitness, your ability to work as part of a team, and your knowledge of firefighting techniques. You will also be asked about your experience fighting fires.

Example: “I am very comfortable working in remote locations. I find it peaceful to be away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It’s also nice to have some alone time while on the job. This allows me to reflect on my work and recharge when needed. I actually prefer being out in nature rather than in an office setting.”

If you are preparing for a job interview as a wildland firefighter, read on for some sample questions and answers.

Employers ask this question to make sure you know how to keep yourself and your fellow firefighters safe. They want to see that you are willing to speak up if you see something unsafe, but also that you can work with others to find a solution. In your answer, explain what you would say to the other firefighter and what steps you would take to ensure their safety.

Why are you leaving your current role?

  • How to Answer
  • 1st Answer Example
  • Share what youre looking forward to in this new role as a wildland firefighter. If you were working in another field prior to public safety, talk about how you became interested in this new job. Share how you have been working towards it and how you believe you will excel in the field.

    Written by Krista Wenz on April 26th, 2021

    “I am ready to take my career to the next level. I have been working for the juvenile justice department for three years but I always wanted to be a firefighter. I have been training for months and volunteering at the local fire department. I know that Im ready to take on the responsibilities and ready to make the sacrifices to do so.”

    Written by Krista Wenz on April 26th, 2021

    To help you prepare for your Wildland Firefighter interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

    Wildland Firefighter was written by Krista Wenz and updated on April 26th, 2021. Learn more here.

    FAQ

    What happens at a wildland firefighter interview?

    Wildland firefighter interview questions will assess your physical fitness, your ability to work as part of a team, and your knowledge of firefighting techniques. You will also be asked about your experience fighting fires.

    What should I wear to a wildland fire interview?

    Wildland Firefighter Interview tips at United States Forest Service
    • Business casual (e.g. dress slacks)36%
    • Casual (t-shirt and jeans)36%
    • Formal (business suit)14%
    • Special outfit (e.g. protective gear)14%
    • They didn’t have a dress code0%

    How do I prepare for a firefighter interview?

    Consider the following steps to succeed in your next firefighter interview:
    1. Come dressed in the appropriate attire. …
    2. Share your passion for firefighting. …
    3. Provide strong examples of previous experience. …
    4. Be honest about the challenges you faced. …
    5. Show your willingness to commit. …
    6. Talk about integrity and ethics.

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