The selection interview seeks to gather further information regarding an applicant’s suitability for the role of a firefighter. Questions asked at interview are designed to assess your understanding of the role, the organisation and MFB’s engagement with the broader community. The selection panel will also assess your motivation for wanting to become a firefighter and the qualities and skills you can bring to MFB.
The selection interview will also consider:
- relevant previous work performance
- relevant community involvement
- your ability to perform the role
- your ability to function as a member of a team
- demonstrated interest in personal and career development your psychological profile.
You will be required to bring the following items to interview:
- one copy of your current resume and any documentation that supports your application. This includes any documentation that verifies any community involvement that is relevant to the role of a firefighter.
- two recent written work related references.
- original police certificate.
Any applicant who deliberately supplies false, incomplete or misleading information in an attempt to gain employment with MFB will be automatically disqualified from further consideration for employment.
The MFB website is a good source of information that will assist you to research and prepare for the final interview.
As part of your research you are welcome to visit fire station/s for information gathering purposes, however candidates are kindly asked to not contact or visit MFB corporate staff or other departments as part of the research process on the MFB and the role of a firefighter.
The interview will comprise of both general and behavioural based questions. Behavioural questions allow you to demonstrate your knowledge, skills and attributes through examples of past behaviour. This technique is based on the assumption that past behaviour predicts future behaviour. For example, you may be asked to demonstrate how you have dealt with a challenging or complex situation, what the outcomes were and what you have learnt.
It is recommended that you provide your response in the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) format.
Briefly describe the background, situation or issue.
Explain what needed to be done to address the problem or complete the task and what was required of you.
Explain the action undertaken and why you took that course of action. Include information on any difficulties or problems faced.
What was the result of the actions? What was learnt as a result of the situation?
Suggestions for preparing for the selection interview include:
- think critically about the role and what skills, abilities and qualities you would think would be necessary to perform the role.
- draw on past experiences that demonstrate strengths applicable to the position
- drawing from past experiences that is relevant to the position where you achieved a positive result from a negative situation
- brainstorm a number of examples that you can draw on from both your personal and professional life that demonstrate your strengths, abilities and skills.
- practice structuring responses to possible questions based on the above elements
- perform mock interviews and role play scenarios with family and friends.