Become A Firefighter By Passing The Psych Test
Every candidate that wants to become a firefighter has to go through physical testing and intellectual testing. Psychological tests seem like something to fear but in all honesty, the fear of failure is the major danger of these tests.
You can expect a few hundred multiple choice questions during the written exam; many of them seem very similar.
If you notice this during the test, you are doing well. For the most part these questions are the same! One big portion of the test is to find consistency in your answers, someone who is lying will have difficulty remembering to answer the same after a few hours of the exam.
For example you may notice that question 133 was “A morning exercise routine is the best way for me to get in shape. True or False”, question 192 was “I make time every ______ to exercise. A) Morning B) Afternoon C) Evening” and question 304 “The best way to describe my fitness plan is a strict early morning routine”. All of these refer to morning exercises and if all your answers are consistent, even if you answer “B” to question 192 and false to the rest of the questions, your examiner will know that your answers are honest.
Don’t be surprised about the length of the written exam either. To wear away resolve, and to allow the short term memory of your answers to fade, these tests often last 2 or more hours. Be sure to be well fed and ready for a marathon thinking section.
There may be an ink blot portion of the exam as well; there isn’t much preparation you can do for those. Try to avoid violent movies and thoughts before the exam, answering “Robocop’s gun” may give the examiner a laugh but may raise unnecessary red flags in your exam. Relax, think along the lines of unicorns and sunflowers, and avoid being too afraid of the test.
The other part of the psych test is an interview with a psychologist. Before the interview you may have to fill out forms detailing your family history, your biography and perhaps a personality test. When you’re being interviewed, remember you are being tested. You are not talking to the psychologist for a free session. There is no confidentiality agreement; this is not your regular doctor.
Answer the questions as briefly and honestly as you can. Do not offer details outside of the question being asked, and don’t be too honest. The psychologist will ask probing questions, and try to get your trust by telling you that he is on your side and wants you to succeed. Think before you speak, don’t chat, don’t ramble; but also don’t be cold to the interviewer. Finally, wear something nice, you are in a job interview to become a firefighter after all.
Anxiety is your worst enemy in the psychology test. Fearing the test will be the most likely cause of producing a fail result if you expect that you are a good candidate, psychologically speaking. Becoming a firefighter is a matter of being calm in tense situations, including psychiatric evaluations.