Practice, Practice, Practice
Practice, practice, and practice some more. This mandate cannot be emphasized enough. The firefighter candidates that score the highest are thoroughly prepared for their hiring and screening tests.
You can be the firefighter candidate that has taken many fire department oral interview tests, and has learned through experience. By the way, this is very time consuming and costly. Or you can be the firefighter candidate who studies the oral interview and psychological exam process, rehearses their answers to anticipated questions, and maintains their firefighting and medical knowledge, skills, and abilities.
The key to getting the firefighter job is to better prepared than the other candidates. This preparation involves lots of practice. The teams that win the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Championship, and the Stanley Cup are the ones that execute when it’s game time. These championship teams would not be able to execute without a ton of practice.
It’s the same concept when applying for a firefighter job. You have to practice a lot in order to execute in the fire department’s hiring and screening tests.