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Interview Mistakes No Firefighter Should Make

FireLink | Kendra Weikman, Associate Editor

Never Get Too Personal

An interview is not a therapy session. The interviewer doesn’t need to know that you need to make at least $20 dollars an hour because your alimony will take half. Keep the conversation career-oriented and focused on what you can do for the company. I know it’s tempting to give your life history when an interviewer asks, “Tell me about yourself…” However, this is a trick question. It’s not open ended. Talking about how much your former chief had it out for you is indeed career-oriented—but better left unsaid. You don’t want to come off as a trouble-maker so pick and choose exactly what you want the interviewer to know about you. Don’t offer up embarrassing and self incriminating information when you haven’t even been asked for it.

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