Oral Review Panel Assessments

Firefighter Entry level Group Oral Interview

The Group Oral Interview is a significant and highly conclusive portion of the hiring process.  It is very objective, behavior based and defensible.  The interview style provides a constant standard for each group of participants and has consistently been found to be valid, reliable and an accurate means of assessing applicants.

The Group Oral Interview, a preplanned dialogue with structure and purpose, allows trained and assessors to evaluate the behavior, maturity level, intellectual plane, and communication skills of each applicant under standardized conditions. It guarantees an evaluation process that is fair and equal to all while identifying candidates with the best skills and traits necessary for career growth and advancement.

Fire Promotion Assessment Center  ~  llinois State Certified Assessors

Our panel of fire service experts meet all of the requirements established by the JLMC (Joint Labor Management Committee) State of Illinois.  All are Trained and Certified Assessors listed on the roster maintained by the Office of the State Fire Marshall.  This select group of experts will conduct and evaluate your candidates participating in the Fire Service Promotion Assessment Center. This interview style provides a constant standard for each group of participants. It is objective, behavior based and defensible and has consistently been found to be valid, reliable and an accurate means of appraising candidates.

The Evaluation Process

The Fire Service Promotion Assessment Center is an excellent instrument designed to scrutinize each candidate’s effective leadership and managerial expertise. Multiple customized scenarios, drawn from department operation procedures, require group and individual participation to comprise the unbiased and valid Fire Service Promotional Assessment Center. This process integrates several exercises simulating responsibilities and tasks required of rank personnel.

Fire Ground Scenario. Unique to our evaluation process is the incorporation of an interactive simulated fire ground scenario. A simulated fire is displayed on a screen and each candidate is required to assume the role of Incident Commander and demonstrate his or her expertise in managing the fire scene.

Our Certified Fire Service Assessment Center Panels are comprised of fire department senior management personnel and fire service specialists. They are trained to analyze verbal articulation, communication skills, problem solving ability, decision-making style, intellectual plane, conflict resolution skills, ability to work under pressure, maturity, behavior, and knowledge of fire department operations to assess each candidate’s leadership qualities.

The Fire Service Promotion Assessment Center is very objective and removes much of the bias and uncertainty common to one-on-one interviews because a constant standard between candidates can be maintained. The tension produced serves as both distractions from what is actually being evaluated, and as pressure-based motivators that drive performance to the highest capacity.

The Fire Service Promotion Assessment Center, for purposes of structure and content complies with professional standards, federal, state and local guidelines and has consistently been found to be valid, reliable, and an accurate means of assessing candidates.



“On behalf of my fellow commissioners, I want to use this opportunity this letter hopefully affords to again compliment you and your colleagues for the outstanding manner in which you conducted the Mini Oral Assessment Center for the Fire Captain’s Promotional Testing we now have underway.”

“As you know, the assessment center concept was our first experience  with this method of screening candidates; and admittedly, we were a bit apprehensive!  However, after seeing how effective it can be, we regret that we didn’t use the same concept last year when we convened an Oral Review Panel for promotional testing for the police department.”

“…the additional skills that i believe your firm brought to the table, guarantees that our process will provide us the means to insure the ideals for which we’ve always striven —  fair, objective and unbiased selection”

Roger Huber, Secretary to the Board

City of Edwardsville

Board of Police and Fire Commissioners