A Comprehensive Guide to Post-Interview Success

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A panel interview is an important step in the firefighter hiring process. It is essential that you make a good impression on the panel of interviewers and demonstrate why you are the best fit for the role. However, to truly have a successful interview, there are a few things you need to do once the interview is over in order to really stand out. After your firefighter interview, you need to follow up with the fire department administration, thank the panel members for their time, and write down the questions from the interview for study material.  Doing these things will help you make a good impression and increase your chances of getting hired.

Follow Up and Appreciation

Following up after a firefighter interview is one of the most important things to do. On your way out the door, you should thank each interviewer for their time and express your interest in the position. Take one extra second to glance at each persons’ name on their badge shirts and commit them to memory. Once you walk out of the building, take a moment to gather your thoughts and sit down. Now take out your phone and draft an email to thank them for the opportunity to interview, and to confirm that all of your contact information is current. Show your gratitude and be professional.

Likely, this email should be addressed to someone from Administration. Look back through your emails and find one from the person that cantacted you originally to set up your interview. Anyone who works in Admin will be able to pass on your email to the panel members. Finally, make sure that you sign the email with a full list of your contact information: name, address, phone number, email. If they end up wanting to offer you a job, make sure they can get a hold of you. By taking these steps, you will be able to demonstrate your dedication to becoming a successful firefighter and show that you are serious about joining their department.

Interview Questions for Study Material

Taking a few minutes after your interview to write down all of the questions that you were just asked is a great way to prepare yourself for future interviews. Whether you felt great about the interview, or had wished you could just disappear because it was going so badly, make sure you write down the questions afterwards. If the interview went terribly, you will be needing to practice before your next panel interview. Using questions from your last interview is a great way to do that. On the other hand, if your interview went great, you’ll likely be moving on to a Chiefs interview. If that’s the case, studying the questions from your panel interview and tying in your answers is a great way to show continuity and attention to detail. 

The Takeaway

Continuing your efforts to get hired after the interview is one of the most important things you can do. Follow up with Administration to show your appreciation for everyone’s time, and to make sure that they have your current contact information. Then write down all of the questions that you can remember so that you can use them to your advantage throughout your hiring journey. By taking these steps, you will show your dedication to becoming a firefighter and set yourself apart from the rest of the candidates.