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CAL Fire Interview Questions

Interviews at CAL Fire

12 Interview Reviews

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    Student Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at CAL Fire (Sacramento, CA) in January 2019.

    Interview

    The Interview process went really smoothly. It was not technical at all. When I first got there they had me answer a few question on a word document. Question such as, When was a time you have to problem solve in a situation and how was the outcome? Simple situational questions. When it came to the interview, I was interviewed by 2 people, whom were really friendly and asked me both personal questions like, What makes you fit for this job? and situational questions/

    Interview Questions

    • What makes you fit for this job?   1 Answer

  2.  

    Executive Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. I interviewed at CAL Fire.

    Interview

    Scheduled an in-person interview about a week after I got a call from them. Booked nonrefundable bus tickets because I am not from Sacramento. Received a confirmation e-mail few days before interview date and then received A LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION without any explanation. Confirmation e-mail had a dating mistake as well. Incredibly disappointed by Cal Fire's unprofessionalism.

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    Seasonal Firefighter Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Redding, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at CAL Fire (Redding, CA) in March 2017.

    Interview

    The process was smooth and easy. I was nervous, but they made it a little easier on my by making the process smooth. Everyone was very professional and helpful. I think overall it was a 5 star interview.

    Interview Questions


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    Firefighter/EMT Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Tracy, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at CAL Fire (Tracy, CA) in January 2017.

    Interview

    It was the first time they started the new template. My experience was going to one unit & only having one interview with 3 members of the department. The interview is 20 mins

    Interview Questions

    • What are the duties of a firefighter 1   1 Answer

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    Staff Services Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sacramento, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at CAL Fire (Sacramento, CA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Made it to two interviews. The first was a 7-minute presentation, second was personality assessment. For the presentation, you can go over the time limit. However, you may not be under five minutes. It was comfortable, overall. Dress is business casual, and they work in pairs to interview you.

    Interview Questions

    • Name a time when you went above and beyond the scope of your position to resolve an issue.   Answer Question

  6.  

    GISSoftware Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Osos, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at CAL Fire (Los Osos, CA) in November 2014.

    Interview

    I applied online through Cal Poly for the software/sysadmin position. They called me the next day to set up the Interview. Usually there are two managers to interview you, but only one showed up for me. It was really relaxed and a only took half an hour. It was all behavior questions, nothing technical. As a student without a lot of industry experience, I felt like I didn't qualify for the position. But all he wanted to hear was that I was willing to learn and research to fix problems and come up with solutions. I didn't even finish answering before he gave me an offer.

    Interview Questions


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    Engineer/Paramedic Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at CAL Fire (Sacramento, CA) in January 2014.

    Interview

    All based on scenarios. No questions about your resume or experience. Very objective based interview. They just want to see how you handle fire and medical emergencies. Usually 3 people on the panel.

    Interview Questions

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    Firefighter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Riverside, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at CAL Fire (Riverside, CA) in February 2013.

    Interview

    Rate your self app , then resume review, the interview

    Interview Questions

    • All questions asked are all over the place in every unit in the state… start guessing id the best place to start   Answer Question

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    Firefighter Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Susanville, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at CAL Fire (Susanville, CA) in June 2011.

    Interview

    PFT and FFT, healthy dental and physical capabilities

    Interview Questions

    • 10 standard fire fighting orders and 18 watch out situations   Answer Question

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    Firefighter I Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Redding, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at CAL Fire (Redding, CA) in February 2011.

    Interview

    The process is highly formal. The interview consists of five to seven questions that cover basic knowledge of the fire service, common sense, and how to deal with interpersonal conflicts in the workplace. Every candidate is asked the same questions and the interviewers do not usually deviate from them or ask follow up questions. The key to the process is to look appropriately dressed and groomed, give answers with confidence, and come off as if you belong in the firehouse. The answer to the particular questions are secondary to this.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when you had a conflict with a co-worker. How did you handle it? What was the ultimate resolution to the situation?   Answer Question

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