The fire extinguisher is not just for show
That is, without a doubt, one of the stupidest reasons to dismiss someone from the testing process. There can be several reasons why they didn't park in the correct location (poor signage in the lot, directions were given in an unclear manner, or they were delivered a month ago and the applicant forgot because it's been so long), and to simply dismiss them without even asking for an explanation shows a clear lack of caring to their potential applicants, especially those who traveled great distances to apply for their department. Also, while lying during your interview is bad (and likely valid grounds to end the hiring process), if @KingCountyMedic's medical director doesn't want to hire me because my car is dirty, because I have been working two jobs to support my family and chase after my toddler who loves making everything a mess, than that's not an agency that I would want to work for.Many FD's do this, one around here gave specific instructions on where and how to park, went outside prior to the beginning of the test, made a list of the cars that were not done properly and then dismissed those people from the process.
however, when a FD has 100 applicants for every 1 spot, they have the luxury of being able to remove awesome candidates for trivially stupid reasons.
Why? it's a valid question, and considering the OP has never worked in EMS, and is applying for her first EMS job, I can understand why she wanted to ask.It’s hard to believe that this is actually a question
Many people don't know how to dress for an interview. I had a person apply for a job where I work, guy in his 40-50. 15-20 years of experience. On paper, looked like a great candidate. He didn't get the job. why? because everyone else in the company wears a dress shirt and tie as their standard dress code (business formal), and he came in wearing slacks, a polo, and sneakers.
Many in EMS don't even know how to make a resume, and this includes people who have been in this field for 20+ years.
She isn't the first person entering the workforce who needs advice on how to dress, and based on what I have seen, she isn't the only person who doesn't know how to dress for an interview, including many who have been in the workforce for decades.