Oral Board Interviews
This testing method employs the typical in-person interview panel technique and uses custom-designed questions and scenarios concerning qualifications, managerial and leadership skills, administrative competency and technical skills to ascertain the candidate’s depth of knowledge, skills, abilities and experience required for the position begin tested. Questions and scenarios are prepared to match the specific need or skills and abilities for the position, based on the position description and job analysis. A summary report on the candidate’s demonstrated knowledge and performance is provided.
Assessment Center Testing
This is the most detailed and comprehensive test of all testing methods. Moreover, OFCA’s Assessment Services include the exercises that most national personnel groups and universities consider necessary for a valid experience. Our Assessment Center is custom-designed and simulates the candidates in the position to which they are to be promoted. It evaluates the necessary skills and abilities required for the position in an objective manner. In preparation for the test, a thorough examination of the job description is completed and the most important feature is a job analysis of the position before preparing the test. Test results include a score, percentage and a profile of each candidate’s performance in all of the evaluative areas detailing each candidate’s strengths and weaknesses.
Fire Chief Selection Process
The OFCA provides assistance in the selection of new Fire Chiefs, Executive and Command Officers. For those departments that want to recruit candidates from outside and within the department, we provide a profile development and advertisement preparation process. A detailed questionnaire is used to ascertain the required skills and abilities for the position. From that input a profile of what the new Officer should possess i.e. skills, abilities, leadership, knowledge, experience and education can be developed. From this profile an advertisement for the position is prepared. Using the OFCA Magazine, Web Page, and local media, a large number of qualified applicants can be realized.
All applicants/resumes for the position are handled by the OFCA. Any questions or additional information requests are properly handled and responses and ending dates are monitored and controlled. All applicants’ resumes are reviewed and ranked based on the criteria of the advertisement.
The OFCA also offers to facilitate Oral Board interviews, and conduct Assessment Center Testing for the most qualified applicants. This process assists the local government in narrowing the field of qualified applicants to a select group of finalists who truly can demonstrate the necessary skills and abilities for the position
For further information, please contact:
Retired Deputy Chief Keith Larsen