CFA Firefighter Interview Tips
CFA Firefighter Interview
We encourage you to continue with your own individual preparation which should not just centralise on the interview component of the recruitment process. Remember final decision are made on whole of application performance – not just the interview alone.
- It’s difficult to prepare for a behaviour-based interview because of the large number and variety of possible behavioral questions you might be asked.
- The theme of the questioning is the applicant’s motivation, understanding of the organisation and the role and how well you can respond to behavioral based questions.
- It is recommended that after every interview you self-evaluate your performance as soon as possible. This for most of us usually occurs once we get in the car after the interview has concluded. If you feel you did not provide the best responses to some questions it is most likely a good indicator that you can do better.
- The detail you provided for your example may not have reflected enough depth or the example/s you gave may have only partially answered the question.
- Understanding the role and the organisation
- It is important to utilise your station visits to find out as much as you can about these two topics. The information you obtain via the internet will only give you a base level view. Some candidates make the mistake of using the visits to discuss the recruitment process and likely interview questions; although this is a natural subject to cover it will nor cover the above topic enough to make you competitive amongst other candidates.
- Understand your motivation and why you want this job
- This response will vary from individual to individual and it is not one that we will be able to help you with.
- Know your work skills and attributes
- You need to be comfortable and capable of talking fluently about your skills and experiences and have detailed specific example based on your work experience to back up your responses.
- In the first instance have a good understanding of the differences between a “skill” and an attribute or trait”.
- Have a thorough understanding of your own skill set and attributes, particularly those relevant to the role.
- Once you have done this it is always a good practice to write them down – including your experiential examples to help embed them in your responses.
- Arm yourself with a small arsenal of example stories that can be adapted to many behavioral questions.
- Candidates who tell the panel about particular situations that relate to each question will be far more effective and successful than those who respond in general terms.
- Vary your example; don’t take them all from just one job experience. If you Volunteer for CFA or SEES or other organisations these are also an excellent resource for showcasing your skills and abilities.
- It is preferable that your delivery style at interview is as natural as possible.
- Actively listen to the question and try to avoid constant probing/rephrasing of the questions by the panel.
- If you want to use notes during the final interview, it is permitted however if the notes distract you from the flow of the interview and you are simply reading from them, it will put doubt in the midst of the panel that the words are your own.
- Given the nature of behavioral questioning, it is unlikely that notes will assist you greatly however if you wish to use a “notes page”ensure it in point form so that provide assistance as a “memory jogger”.
- Panels members are looking for answers that are honest-unrehearsed and natural.
- Remember final decisions are made on the whole application performance – not just the interview alone.
- As you will have detected during your attendance at each stage of the recruitment process this role attract on high calibre candidate, it is very competitive.
- The reality is that you can feel you have performed well at interview and still fail to gain selection.
- Many good people do not make it through to the final stages because of the “competition”. Others may have met the criteria more closely this time.
- Review your preparation, consider the next appropriate time to re-apply, make sure it suits you strategically.
Good luck with you preparation going forward.
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