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Interview Mistakes No Firefighter Should Make

FireLink | Kendra Weikman, Associate Editor

Watch Your Manners

Candidates have been known to ask right off the bat, “So when do I get hired?” One word: Rude. Give every person you meet at a potential department the respect they deserve. You never know who you will meet and what they can do for you. Do not leave your cell phone on during an interview. Do not ask the interviewer if you can leave it on since you are waiting for an important call (yes, it has happened.) The question is what is more important, a phone call or your interview?

You will be judged on everything you say. Keep in mind that the interviewer doesn’t know you and they often won’t realize when you are joking around. That said, never make racist comments. While you are at it, avoid stereotypes. Starting off a sentence with, “You know how women/men/gays/blacks/Asians/kids/old people/handicapped are…” may be offensive to the interviewer. They don’t know you and you don’t know them. Be sensitive and avoid politically incorrect statements like the plague.

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