What are the hiring interviews like?

Williamsburg considers the candidate interview to be the strength of its hiring process. For an applicant who qualifies, there will be a panel interview. During the panel interview, candidates are asked questions by a group of 3 to 5 professionals to include firefighter / Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), administrative personnel, and fire officers. The session lasts 20 to 30 minutes.

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1. What do Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) do?
2. Do I need to be a Williamsburg resident to work for the Williamsburg Fire Department?
3. What are the minimum and maximum age requirements for a Firefighter/Paramedic or Firefighter / Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)?
4. Do you offer part time employment? Can I work summers only?
5. How important is physical fitness?
6. What is the hiring procedure?
7. Is the job stressful?
8. Is the job safe?
9. What is the work schedule?
10. Are there any benefits with the job?
11. Do I attend and graduate from a training academy?
12. How long does Hampton Roads Recruit Fire Academy (HRRFA) training last?
13. Where does the recruit training take place?
14. What certifications will you acquire once you graduate?
15. Will I work both Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) disciplines?
16. I've been a firefighter for years; do I still have to go to the Academy?
17. When do you accept applications?
18. I don't live in Virginia. Do you accept applications from out-of-state?
19. Do I have to complete a physical as part of the hiring process?
20. I have a criminal record, is that okay?
21. What are the requirements to apply for the Fire Fighter / Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Position?
22. What will disqualify me from being a fire fighter?
23. How many fire stations do you have?
24. What are the hiring interviews like?
25. How long is the probationary period?
26. How large is your response area?