Facing the Promotional Interview

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Includes audio CD featuring the author detailing proper and improper interview techniques!

In this all-encompassing new guide, veteran fire chief and best-selling author John Mittendorf explains the subtle requirements of the promotional interview process. This book is designed to help firefighters avoid the common pitfalls of poor interviews by teaching them:

  • How to develop a balanced study program
  • Why the first 60 seconds of an interview are critical, and what you can do to make a good impression
  • How to relate your qualifications to the position sought
  • What to expect in the opening, body, and closing questions of an interview
  • Typical opening questions
  • How to define and prepare an opening response for the positions of engineer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and battalion chief


  • Priorities before the interview
  • Anatomy of an interview
  • Opening impressions
  • Preparing a response to the opening question
  • General questions
  • Closing the interview
  • Preparing for a fire department entrance interview

206 pages/Softcover w/CD-ROM/2003