I applied in-person and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Rural/Metro.
Interview Details – I was hired over ten years ago, but the current process, as I understand it involves a online application, vetted through the corporate office. Local interview occur after that, usually within 6 months of the application. The interview lasts approx 45 minutes, and is fairly industry standard: "where do you see yourself in 5 years?", etc. A basic DOJ background check, urine test, and a lift test are also included in the process. The lift test is approx 100 lbs, from several positions, as well as a simulated gurney lift.
Interview Question – There are different protocol/operational questions based on the SD County EMS protocols. They are different for the EMT and paramedic hires. Be aware of the restraint policy; it sounds commonly used. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiations. Take it or leave it. If you have outside experience you may be able get a couple of steps increase upon hire, but don't hold your breath unless Wayne (local GM) likes you.
I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Rural/Metro in January 2010.
Interview Details – Single interview after application. Interview was board type interview (3 interviewers). Medical and STAR type questions aimed at behavior discovery.
Interview Question – Most difficult questions were regarding step by step use of specific equipment. For instance, how to set up and administer a nebulizer. Dosage, etc. How would I handle a patient in a nursing home on a BLS transport that was unconscious if the nurse was not in the room and my partner was also an EMT and the patient had obviously fallen from her bed. View Answer
Negotiation Details – EMT's generally start at minimum wage. You may ask for a little more, but won't get much. This company now has a union.
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Rural/Metro in May 2012.
Interview Details – I interviewed with two current employees (long standing) and we went over basic "fire interview" types of questions. "Who is our customer?" Question involving possible conflict with a partner or supervisors, what would you do. Also, I was given two scenarios and asked what I would do and why. Pretty easy, nothing too complex.
Interview Question – I heard some people kinda choke on the question "Who is our customer?" You have to keep in mind that most companies want you to value everyone you come in contact with. Not just the patient, but the facility staff, the family of the patient, etc. Pretty much...everyone. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They said that the rate was non negotiable. Unfortunately it seems as though now a days that companies feel that if you dont want the job, someone else will. That is the way it is at RM too because so many people want to get in and work with the company that has the contract with the City of SD. Working for RM for 6 month to a year is a "highly desirable" quality when applying with SDFD.
I applied in-person and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Rural/Metro in June 2011.
Interview Details – Interviewed by two existing employees, given various scenarios and questions about the ability to perform under working conditions. I mean- let's get real here: every kid wants to be a firefighter, so they gotta be an EMT first. Much cheaper to keep it all understaffed, and treat nurses poorly because they cost money.
Interview Question – Walk into a hospital room with a patient, the bed's not ready. What do you do? View Answer
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Rural/Metro.
Interview Details – Simple medical scenario, panel interview with peers.
Negotiation Details – Flat rate based on demand and experience
I applied in-person and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Rural/Metro in July 2009.
Interview Details – went in filled out application, talked with the scheduling supervisor, had a interview and done all the paperwork, they sent it to the corporate office and as soon as my background and mvr back i was offered a full time position, interview prossess wasnt bad, have a positive attitude and be truthful, and the applicant shouldnt have any problems
Interview Question – why do you want to work for rural/metro and not another service Answer Question
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