Salt Lake City

Fire Department

833-SLC-FIRE (833-752-3473)

Oral Board Assessment

The Oral Board Assessment will consist of structured, behaviorally-based interview questions. Your responses will be evaluated by fire officers and other firefighters or firefighter specialists.

The following attributes may be assessed in the Oral Board Assessments:

  • Assertiveness – Assert oneself when necessary to exert control over others.
  • Emotional Self-Control – Maintain one’s composure in stressful situations.
  • Interest in People – Exhibit an active interest in understanding and working with people.
  • Interpersonal Skills – Be sensitive to others; resolve problems without arousing antagonism; be courteous and respectful; resolve conflicts through persuasion and not force; influence people and inspire their confidence and respect.
  • Oral Expression – Communicate various types of communication orally in a clear and understandable manner; project one’s voice clearly; communicate over radios and other electronic transmission equipment.
  • Situational Reasoning – Make prompt and effective decisions quickly in both routine and non-routine (life and death) situations; evaluate alternative courses of action and select the most acceptable alternative.
  • Teamwork – Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and other fire service officials.
  • Writing – Express yourself clearly and concisely in writing; use acceptable grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  • Dependability – Be conscientious, reliable, thorough, punctual, and accurate and assume a fair share of the workload.
  • Flexibility/Adaptability – Adapt to changes in working conditions.
  • Initiative – Proceed on assignments without waiting to be told to do so.
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