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Candidates typically need about 45 minutes to complete our full-length job-specific assessments. Our short versions take less than half that time. Like our standard assessments, these tests are based on the U.S. Government Occupational Information Network (O*Net). They do not contain the animated simulation module, however, though they still provide valuable information about all critical performance-related dimensions. Additionally, the short versions optionally include 1-2 virtual video interview questions! Click below for more information:

Firefighter (Short)


Control and extinguish fires or respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. Duties may include fire prevention, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, search and rescue, and disaster assistance.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Rescue victims from burning buildings, accident sites, and water hazards.
  • Dress with equipment such as fire-resistant clothing and breathing apparatus.
  • Assess fires and situations and report conditions to superiors to receive instructions, using two-way radios.
  • Move toward the source of a fire, using knowledge of types of fires, construction design, building materials, and physical layout of properties.
  • Respond to fire alarms and other calls for assistance, such as automobile and industrial accidents.
  • Create openings in buildings for ventilation or entrance, using axes, chisels, crowbars, electric saws, or core cutters.
  • Drive and operate fire fighting vehicles and equipment.
  • Inspect fire sites after flames have been extinguished to ensure that there is no further danger.

About the test (Full Version)

The HR Avatar Firefighter Pre-Employment Assessment was designed to help you hire staff in this role. The test provides a whole-person evaluation by measuring job-relevant cognitive ability, personality, knowledge, skills, and relevant behavioral history. Each component provides important data for hiring decisions. Cognitive ability has been linked to overall job performance in most jobs and correlates with a candidate's ability to learn new skills and to solve complex problems. Personality characteristics determine how well the candidate will fit-in with a corporate culture. Knowledge and skills indicate how much training will be needed before a new employee becomes productive. Finally, relevant behavioral history detects counter-productive behaviors that can impact job performance.

The Firefighter test includes an animated work simulation in which candidates meet customers, colleagues and supervisors in a job-related context. Post-test surveys indicate the majority of candidates react favorably to these simulations.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Memory / Attention to Detail / Logic & Reasoning
  Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure
  • Adaptability / Flexibility
  • Conscientiousness
  • Reliability
  • Service Orientation
  Emotional Intelligence
  • Empathy and Emotional Self-Control

Following completion, the test produces a Candidate Selection Report that includes an overall score and detailed scores for each attribute. The overall score weighs each of the factors based on research and analysis from the U.S. Government's Occupational Information Network (O*Net). O*Net represents over a decade of dedicated research evaluating the relative importance of various factors that lead to success in almost 1,000 different job roles.

The Candidate Selection Report also provides expert interview questions that help you probe critical or low-scoring areas, along with a guide for noting your evaluation of the candidate's responses. Consistent use of an interview guide is an important part of gaining better candidate insights and making better hiring decisions.

Language:English (US)
Time to Complete:40 Minutes (Approximately)
O*Net SOC Code:33-2011.00
Simulation Context:Basic Service Worker
O*Net Context:Protective Service
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2023)
Bottom 10%:
$31,600 or less
Bottom 25%:
$40,230 or less
$57,120 (Average)
Top 25%:
$75,320 or more
Top 10%:
$93,720 or more

Hourly US Wages (2023)
Bottom 10%:
$15.19 or less
Bottom 25%:
$19.34 or less
$27.46 (Average)
Top 25%:
$36.21 or more
Top 10%:
$45.06 or more

US Employment Statistics
2032 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:26,400

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Building and Construction
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Mechanical
  • Education and Training
  • Transportation
  • English Language
  • Telecommunications
Top Skills
  • Active Listening
  • Monitoring
  • Operations Monitoring
  • Coordination
  • Critical Thinking
  • Operation and Control
  • Speaking
  • Service Orientation
Top Abilities
  • Static Strength
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Multilimb Coordination
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
  • Oral Expression
  • Reaction Time
  • Manual Dexterity

Alternate Titles for this Role: Apparatus Operator, Fire Alarm Operator, Fire Apparatus Engineer, Fire Chief's Aide, Fire Engine Pump Operator, Fire Engineer, Fire Equipment Operator, Fire Fighter, Fire Hydrant Operator, Fire Management Specialist, Fire Medic, Fire Rescue Technician, Fire Technician, Fireboat Operator, Firefighter, Fireman, Forest Fire Suppression Specialist, Forest Firefighter, Forestry Fire Technician, Hot Shot, Ladder Operator, Ladderman, Marine Fire Fighter, Marine Firefighter, Municipal Firefighter, Oil Fire Specialist, On-Scene Supporter, Plugman, Rescue Worker, Safety Officer, Smoke Chaser, Smoke Eater, Smoke Jumper, Tail Board Man, Tail Board Worker, Tiller Man, Tiller Worker, Volunteer Fire Fighter, Volunteer Firefighter, Water and Fire Technician, Wildland Fire Fighter Specialist, Wildland Firefighter

Related Jobs based on Skills & Abilities: First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers, Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists, Fire Inspectors and Investigators, Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers, Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers, Occupational Health and Safety Specialists, Hazardous Materials Removal Workers, Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians, Ship Engineers, Security Guards, Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers, Forest and Conservation Technicians, Sailors and Marine Oilers, Public Safety Telecommunicators, Locomotive Engineers, Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers, Occupational Health and Safety Technicians, Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

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