The interview process is a chance for us to get to know each other. It is your time to tell us about yourself and what you bring to Chesterfield Fire and EMS, and for you to ask questions of us about the department.
The panel will be spending approximately thirty minutes getting to know more about you. During this time, you will be asked a series of questions about your past experiences and qualifications and how you have dealt with various situations. These questions have been designed to assess the competencies needed to succeed as a Firefighter/EMT. All applicants will be asked the same questions and will be evaluated against the same criteria. After you have given your response, interviewers may ask you follow-up questions to clarify any points in your answer. In answering the questions, you may describe work, family, or social situations and how you handled them. We would like you to tell us what YOU did in each situation, even if it was a team effort. In response to each question, you should be as specific and detailed as possible in describing the situation or problem, what you did and what you thought about, wanted, or felt, who was involved, what your contribution was, and what the outcome or result of your actions were. Once we have finished with all the questions, you will have an opportunity to ask questions that you might have.
As you can see, interviewing for a job takes preparation. Make sure you know where you are going ahead of time, and plan to arrive at least fifteen minutes before your scheduled interview time. This will allow for traffic concerns and give you a chance to relax for a few minutes prior to the start.
Present a neat, businesslike appearance and be prepared to tell us who you are. It is normal for people to feel nervous, but preparation will minimize those feelings and boost your self-confidence. Make sure to be courteous, smile, make eye contact with the panel members, and speak clearly and loudly enough for the participants to hear.