Firefighter Test

A firefighter test is used to assess candidates on the skills and abilities necessary to carry out the duties of a firefighter.

  • What is a firefighter test?

    A firefighter test is a comprehensive assessment that requires a candidate to demonstrate the key qualities expected in the firefighting profession. When used in the early stages of recruitment, it helps to narrow down the applicant pool to only those that meet the required standards.

    Prospective recruits must work through a series of multiple-choice questions and exercises that test their reasoning skills, situational awareness, and ability to interpret complex information, as well as providing insight on their personality and behaviours.

    All questions are designed around realistic scenarios, with a candidate's results giving a strong indication of how they’re likely to perform in their future role.

About the Firefighter Test

Given the level of responsibility that comes with a career in the fire service, it’s imperative that only the best make it through the selection process. Picked’s firefighter test brings greater insight to the table, allowing you to focus on those applicants who show the greatest promise.

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  • Why should you use a firefighter test for recruiting?

    A firefighter is a career only a select few are suitable for. While certain attributes, like their level of courage, can only be truly tested in the field, certain skills and traits can be measured during selection.

    For example, their ability to comprehend and follow instruction, take the best course of action in critical situations, and maintain exacting standards when working under pressure.

    All of the above require logical thinking, professional judgment, and attention to detail – and all of these skills are measured in Picked’s firefighter test.

    It can highlight those with the mental agility to process information at speed, and the mathematical acumen to operate technical equipment. More importantly, it highlights those that place safety at the forefront of the decision-making process.

    With insightful data on each applicant, you can easily distinguish between those well suited to the profession, and those that aren’t cut out for its demands.

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Results for the Firefighter Test along with other assessments the candidate takes will be compiled to produce a candidate report. The report is automatically generated and available both online and as a downloadable pdf so they can be shared with other team members and employees alike.

How our test assesses firefighter skills

Candidates will need to answer a range of questions that measure industry-specific soft skills where applicable (e.g. teamwork), aptitude (e.g. logical reasoning) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. resilience). The results present a holistic view of how well suited each candidate is for the job at hand, using a data-driven approach.

The format varies by type of question, including multiple-choice for aptitude and technical skills, situational judgement for soft skills and agreement on a Likert scale for the personality dimensions. This approach ensures candidates are being assessed in an accurate and fair manner, and that results reflect the true underlying qualities of each candidate.

The characteristics, abilities and knowledge necessary to be a firefighter were identified using the US Department of Labor's comprehensive O*NET database. O*NET is the leading source of occupational information that is constantly updated by collecting data from employees in specific job roles.

During the development process, test questions were rigorously analysed to maximise reliability and validity in line with industry best practices. They were created by our team of I/O psychologists and psychometricians – who collaborated with subject-matter-experts – and field-tested with a representative sample of job applicants who have varying experience, just like you might find in a talent pool.

Each test is reviewed by a panel of individuals representing diverse backgrounds to check for any sensitivity, fairness, face validity and accessibility issues. This ensures each candidate has a fair chance of demonstrating their true level of expertise.

Our firefighter test is monitored to ensure it is up-to-date and optimised for performance.


Predictor of job success

Picked provides evidence-based recommendations for tests to use for over 750 jobs. Our recommendation engine leverages data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).


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    Fully accredited

    All our Firefighter tests are written by accredited psychologists and fully validated.

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    For all levels

    We offer Firefighter tests for all levels so you can assess all roles within your organisation.


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    Our full array of candidate performance metrics will provide actionable data on each of your candidates.

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    Candidate comparison

    Simple, easy-to-use candidate comparison reports mean you don’t need to be a psychologist to interpret them.

“We used Picked as part of our Finance Graduate Scheme recruitment and it was just what we needed – really simple to send candidates the link to complete and clear to see how they all compared. And great value for money!”
Christina, HR Director, Cancer Research, UK
Christina, HR Director, Cancer Research, UK
Firefighter Test expert

Written by a Firefighter Test expert

Our team of assessment experts is made up of I/O psychologists and psychometricians who are dedicated to making all of our tests as reliable, valid and fair as possible. They strictly adhere to best practices in the industry and stay on top of the latest innovations to ensure job candidates’ unique profiles of characteristics, abilities and knowledge are being measured accurately while minimising bias. They leverage decades of research and advanced predictive analytics to build assessments that link to outcomes that matter, such as job performance, turnover, engagement, culture fit and more.

“Personality profiling allowed us to perform lookalike modelling of our most successful employees and use this as a blueprint for new hires.”
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain

Firefighter Test FAQs

Is the firefighter test hard?

Picked’s firefighter test is designed to measure applicants not just on their natural skill set, but also their ability to perform under pressure. This makes it a challenging assessment, but no more so than is required to find high-calibre candidates.

What skills are required for a firefighter?

Strong cognitive skills are essential for firefighters, as well as a broad range of soft skills such as teamwork, communication, adaptability and integrity.

Can I get a free trial?

Yes, simply sign up (no credit card is required) and we'll give you unlimited access for seven days. Create as many jobs and test as many candidates as you want; you won't be charged a penny.

What is the cost for Picked's firefighter test?

Picked operates on a monthly or annual subscription basis. We have several plans to suit your hiring needs, which you can check out here. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us to discuss a custom plan.

“Focusing on data reduced the subjective decision making from our hiring process and allowed us to reduce bias and make better hiring decisions.”
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden

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