The Number One Problem in
If you turn in an application for firefighter job
there is an oral board interview in your future — it’s unavoidable.
Yet despite this certainty, when the interview
invitation letter arrives, panic almost always follows. You’re caught
Through my involvement in helping firefighters get
jobs, I frequently receive calls from panicked candidates who say they
were blindsided by an unexpected interview. But we know this isn’t true.
They just didn’t prepare in advance for what was likely the
difference-maker in whether they made the cut or missed out on an
Improving poor oral board skills
Your scores in the oral board portion are crucial in landing a position.
Usually 100% of your score to get hired. So what are you doing
incorrectly that is keeping you from getting hired?
The bottom line is that most candidates don't gain
the necessary interviewing skills and practice enough to become good at
it. This is true for any job interview. How are you going to stun the
oral board panel within a short amount of time to convince them that you
are more qualified to get the job over the other candidates?
After sitting in on more than a hundred oral
boards, I’ve seen many candidates do poorly. But it’s clear that many
poor interviewers don’t realize how poorly they respond to interview
questions. It’s the most misunderstood and least prepared portion of
testing. I've seen candidates with great credentials falter when it
comes to presenting their qualifications at the interview. And if you
can't present yourself well, you don't get the job…period! Never! Ever!
If you’re succeeding at the written and agility
portions of the test, which are usually pass-fail, and you’re not
placing high enough on the oral board, then that’s where the problem
lies. Most candidates who score low on the oral attempt to go back and
pack on more credentials thinking that will get them over the hump. They
think that they have to finish their degree, certificates or get through
academy training first before reapplying. While these are sound
strategies to improving your résumé, they do little to improve the
skills needed for the oral board.
With all due respect to the source of the following
comment, this is one of the most important clues to why candidates have
trouble with their oral boards:
“I recently had an interview, and I know my
answers were great, especially after hearing how another candidate
answered them. He made the list, and I did not. Go figure!”
Most candidates falsely believe their answers are
great. And this problem is compounded when interviewees listen to the
answers of other candidates and try to mimic their responses. They
become “clones” of one another. Have you noticed that once a person gets
a job or becomes a firefighter, they are instantly the expert on how to
get hired? Try to be original with your answers. You want to convey to
the oral board your unique qualities and experience that would benefit
the department. After all, it’s a good chance that your competition has
not practiced their interview skills, so why would you want to copy
This is how fast things can change even with a
I had many certifications including Paramedic. The
only hindrance that I found myself with was not passing the oral. After
noticing many of your students successful testimonies on the bulletin
boards. I ordered your program
Immediately, I was nailing the interviews. Getting
hired over the auxiliaries at their own departments, and with a heck of
a lot less experience. Your program and techniques helped me excel past
the other candidates.
For all of the candidates out there that don't
believe this, try passing and ranking #1 on orals with a stuttering
problem . . . I did. Thanks Captain Bob -- Dave
Candidates who get this far in the process usually
feel discouraged and tell me that it seems like they have hit a wall.
Some of their friends (with lesser credentials) have been hired. They’re
frustrated and embarrassed.
Rather than dwelling on the frustration, it’s
important at this point for them to focus on and improve your
weaknesses, such as poor interview skills. We will show you how to
shorten the learning curve to close the distance between you and your
badge. Like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz, we’re not going to give you
anything you don’t already possess. We’re just going to show you where
it is. There is a badge out there for you and we will show you how to
Here we go. Keep your hands and feet
inside the ride at all times.
"Getting the job of your dreams is like winning the lottery!" Jerry
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