Here is a handful of interview questions taken directly from Bay Area fire department interviews.  Most of these interview questions are exactly as they were asked in the interview and some are paraphrased.  Please share your thoughts on the best way to answer them below.

About You:
Tell us about yourself and what you have done tprepare for this position?
Why do you what to be a firefighter?
Why do you want to work for this department/district?
What are some of your character traits?
What is your greatest strength?
What is your greatest weakness?
There is a phrase, “Silence is golden.” Tell us about a time that you applied that phrase.
Have you experienced joking in the work place? What are its effects?
Are you involved in community service?

About Them:
What do you know about the department/district?

Knowledge:
Tell us who you think our customers are.
What is customer service?
What are your feelings about social media?

Ethical Scenarios:
How would you handle a co-worker stealing?
How would you handle a co-worker drinking on duty?
How would you handle a Chief giving you an order when you already have an assignment?

Other Scenarios:
You’re running to the grocery store to grab dinner quickly before scheduled training starts very soon. Someone approaches you and asks you to check their blood pressure. What would you do?
While on probation, you’re not allowed twatch TV. Your crew tells you that you’ve been working hard and that they want you tsit down and watch something with them. What would you do?
Your Captain tells you that he wants you tclean the bathrooms every day, but you notice that that is not what the cleaning schedule says tdo. What would you do?
If you were twant ttake on a project, how would you sell it?
How would you handle a complaint by a member of the public?
How would you handle a disagreement with another paramedic on scene?
How would you handle a member of the public parking in front of the apparatus bay?
You’ve spent hours detailing the kitchen and find that the crew after you trashed it. How would you handle the situation?

Chief’s Interview Questions:
Tell us about yourself and what you have done to prepare for this position?
Why do you want to be a firefighter?
Why do you want to work for this department/district?
Why should we hire you?
What are some of your personal goals?
What would you consider your greatest failure?
Where do you see yourself in 5, 10, 15 and 20 years?
How often do you call out sick?
If you don’t get offered a paid position, would you join our reserve/volunteer program?
What are your priorities?