Hi my name is Jay a professional firefighter and graduate student who has helped tons of recruits with the behavior based interview. This is my top ten list of the best of the best. For more of the best job advice go to 911college.ca
10. Study the department you're applying for. The 5 W's of that department. Research.
9. Write it down. Answers, stories, anything and everything you can about what you are doing to prepare.
8. Know your resume cold. When the panel asks you what you did in 2005 before you went to Europe. You better be smooth and know your story straight .
7. Study the recruitment package for tells about competencies, traits and free info on what will happen to you. So many department tell the applicant what the questions will be on based on core values , ethics, and professional traits they require.
6. Where a suit. period! No flashy ties, or shoes, or belt buckles and take the metal off your face. You want to look the part.
5. Dry run to the building to check for route timing and parking availability. You show up late, your done.
4. Practice with a video recorder and get your hours in . Yes hours! Most Canadian admit to practicing aprox. one hour for an important job interview. You need 15-30 depending on your skill level and speaking ability. No joke. You should be talking to your self in the car , while you jog.......
3. Your resume is what your stories are about, who you are and what you are. Prepare your behavior based interviews answers on your life experiences . Not made up stuff that will get you off topic and lost.
2. Behavior based interviews are designed to get the applicant to talk about a skill or competency that they want from you, in a manner that describes and tells that you actually have the skill. Google search STAR technique for Behavior based interviews and focus on this tool.
1. Firm hand shake, eye contact, confidence because you prepared for 30+ hours, Say the interviewers name back to the person, and three times in your head, it's okay to pause for 2-3 seconds before speaking to collect your thoughts and load your perfectly practiced answer to their competency based question, if you ask a question at the end make sure it's insightful and not just filler. " I recently read in the news that this department is using a new HAZMAT trailer for decon. during drug labs, What other specialty units do you operate?" BAD QUESTION you should know this already - I have read a lot about this service and I would love to learn more about the future of EMS and this department. When I stopped by station 3 the senior FF had mentioned how many medical calls they go on. Do you see a need to grow in this area ? WHEN you leave, go straight to a quite place and brain dump for 3o minutes every thing you can remember about what happened to you. All the ?'s ans every thing you can write.
Best of luck,
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