The firefighter interview is well recognised as being extremely challenging. Candidates not only have to demonstrate that they have the skills and qualities needed to be a firefighter, but they must also demonstrate that they match the fire service’s competencies and values – also known as the PQAs.

In this article, we will look at the 13 toughest firefighter interview questions that are guaranteed to come up in your interview!

1. Tell me why you want to be a firefighter?

2. What are the qualities needed to become a firefighter?

3. Why do you want to work for this fire service?

4. Tell me about time you worked as part of a team.

5. What is inclusivity in the workplace?

6. What is the most important quality needed to be a firefighter?

7. Tell me about time when you’ve demonstrated a commitment to excellence.

8. How do you cope with failure?

9. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

10. How would you deal with stress?

11. How do you think you’d react to trauma?

12. Describe a time when you helped support diversity in a team or organisation.

13. Tell me about a time when you supported change within an organisation.