Firefighter Job Interview Questions and Tips

When you go to the interview for a job as a firefighter, here are a few tips that will help you with the questions that you will be asked. Although this process can cause a mild form of anxiety, if you can practice your interviewing skills, you will have a much better chance of doing well.


While you could be asked many different questions, you should have ready answers to some of the most common ones. Some of these questions include:

  • Why do you want a career as a firefighter?
  • What do you think the major job responsibilities of a firefighter are? Why do you want to work for this particular fire department?
  • What are you strongest qualities? What are your major weaknesses? What are the most important attributes a firefighter must have?
  • What past education and work experience do you have that you believe prepares you to be a firefighter?
  • How would you handle conflicting orders during an emergency situation or an order that could put you in danger?
  • What do you do when you don't know the answer to a question?
  • How do you handle conflict?
  • If we offer you the job, when could you start?
  • What are your career goals?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
  • Why should we select you rather than some other candidate?

Interview Tips

Remember that your main goal is to make a good impression during your job interview, since those interviewing you are the ones with authority to hire you. You want to convince the interviewers that you would make a good firefighter by showing them that your qualifications match their stringent requirements.

Make sure you know where the interview will be taking place, the date of the interview, and that you show up to your interview on time and a few minutes early. If, for any reason, you are unable to keep your appointment, let the interview board know as soon as possible and see if they are willing to schedule a make-up interview. You will not need to bring your resume, letters of recommendation, or any other paperwork to the interview, since the board will not have the time to look at these documents. Usually the board will review your application just before you enter the room.

Dress in a neat, businesslike to make a good first impression. Once you are in the interview room, be aware of your body language. While it is normal to be nervous, try to be as relaxed as possible. Being prepared to answer any questions they ask should help you feel comfortable. Try to think of unique answers that the interview board hasn't heard over and over by using your unique life experiences.

Do your best to express yourself clearly and make sure your answers are truthful and sincere. Make sure you are not giving just "yes" or "no" answers but expanding on your thoughts without repeating yourself. If you don't understand a question, ask the interviewers to explain it.