Print

Be a Firefighter >> Browse Articles >> Interview and Testing Tips

+26

15 Toughest Interview Questions (and Answers)

FireLink | Kendra Weikman, Associate Editor

14. What motivates you?



Bad answer:
“Doing a good job and being rewarded for it.”

It’s not that this answer is wrong — it’s just that it wastes an opportunity. This question is practically begging you to highlight your positive attributes. So don’t give a vague, generic response — it tells them very little about you. Instead, try and use this question as an opportunity to give the interviewer some insight into your character, and use examples where possible.

Good answer:
“I’ve always been motivated by the challenge – in my last role, I was responsible for training our new recruits and having a 100% success rate in passing scores. I know that this job is very fast-paced and I’m more than up for the challenge. In fact, I thrive on it.”




Next Question: How would your friends describe you?


Recent Activity

D1063-2_max30
lil_kay commented on: "Trevor Hamby", about 13 hours ago.
Img_803190756835056_max30
Thambone74 commented on: "kay couch", 1 day ago.
Debs_pics_from_galaxy_cell_phone_1853_max30
Dmmyr received the quiz result of "51-75% correct", 5 days ago.
Photo_user_blank_big
itz_goofy received the quiz result of "Stay away from the fire house until you study up!", 6 days ago.
Images_max30
Ravenfirefighter commented on: "Eddie Howard", 6 days ago.