You have to be exceptional to get through the interview. If you don’t prepare you will almost certainly lose out to someone who did.
When you are invited to Interview you need to spend time thinking about what you have done in the last year or two that fits with the PQAs. For instance, for the PQA ‘Working with Others,’ what have you done to show that you build relationships effectively? What example have you got of when you have empowered others or built morale within a team? The Pass Your Firefighter Interview Workbook will guide you fully through all the type of questions and help you select your best answers.
The section on Practice Questions will give you some more ideas of the type of questions to prepare examples for. You can also do this yourself by reading the PQAs, and creating a list of questions which begin with, ‘can you provide an example of a time when you have….’
Try to plan your answers to cover:
1. What the situation was;
2. How you tackled it;
3. Why you chose to do it in that way;
4. What the outcome was.
If you are applying to become a Firefighter you will have already been through the process of thinking of examples when you completed your application form. Go through this again. You can use these examples again if you really need to, although try to have 2 or 3 examples to draw on for each PQA and not just rely on one.
Think about what you have done, what you have achieved. Think about all the situations you have handled well. Ask people who know you well to think of times you have done things well if you are struggling to think of anything.
This 72 page, instantly downloadable home study guide covers everything you need to know about passing your interview. It’s full of practical exercises and detailed examples to gradually build up your skills.