If you don’t answer the question using the correct formula you won’t score well.
The interview should have a very clear scoring mechanism. As the candidate, you won’t know the details of this, but it will basically include a list of the criteria being assessed and then ratings for how well you match e.g. a 4 for ‘strong evidence’ down to a 1 for ‘insufficient or negative evidence’. This scoring key may vary depending on your FRS but the methodology will be similar.
If you answer the questions in the right way (irrespective of the content of your example, we’re just looking at the format of your delivery) then it will make it much easier for the assessors to evaluate how well your evidence matches the criteria they are comparing you to.
These types of questions and this type of scoring system makes an interview more scientific because it is based on evidence more than opinion. It is therefore more objective, fair and defensible.
You have to be exceptional to get through interview. If you don’t prepare you will almost certainly lose out to someone who did.
We’ve worked with a lot of firefighters who sign up to our services still half thinking they are on the right track; it is only once they see the information we provide that they realise how close they came giving a poor interview.
We are experts in what to expect and how to prepare and we can help you with your interview. Our interview workbook and e-learning modules will give you exercises to practice and example answers. We can also provide personalised feedback on your work so you know exactly what you need to do to prepare.
The interview is where you get to showcase your potential. Too many candidates waste this opportunity by not taking some very straightforward steps
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