What started as a massive group of people for a very sought after job (firefighter), I am now in the final 20, they plan on interviewing 10. I have to do a 3-4 hour online "psychological test" while on camera and land in the top 10 to get an interview. This is my dream department and I cannot put into words how important this is to me. In an area where this field is EXTREMELY competitve regardless of department, this is one of the most competitive departments. I have never done anything like this and do not know what to expect, any advice would be extremely appreciated. There is a personality section and a critical thinking section, I don't know anything outside of that other than people seem to fail these things a lot.
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Be as relaxed and confident as possible. Your answers themselves aren’t as significant as your demeanor (unless you give bad answers). I mean yes, your answers are important, but it usually comes down to the decision of the higher-ups in the department, so you want to be as calm, cool and confident on camera as possible. I know, that’s probably not as helpful advice as you’d like, lol, but it’s important. What city are you applying in OP? I was 190 on a list of almost 4,000 back in the early 2000’s (I live in a decent sized Midwest city). Never got the call and, years later, got contacted by a law firm as part of a class-action lawsuit against the city. Turns out they were skipping lots of people on the list for hire and instead going full-on nepotism and hiring almost completely immediate family of those already with the department. I ended up getting a decent little payday out of the whole thing. Enough to buy a sweet ass new truck anyway (I was early 20’s at the time, lol). The cool thing was I had long forgotten about applying with the FD and had moved on with my professional life, so that money I got from the class action was a nice little surprise.
Good luck man and I hope you kill it in the interview and get on with the department!