Here's a "Nugget" learning experience

Candidates for a large city were scheduled for their chief's orals. One candidate arrived at 1:00 p.m. for his 2:00 p.m. oral. I don't recommend arriving this early because you can get too rattled talking to the other candidates

(never talk to other candidates) and the process before you go in for your interview. He was just in time to see the board leave for lunch. He finally went into his oral at 4:00 p.m.

His opening comment was, "If I seem upset, it's because I was supposed to have my oral at 2:00 p.m. and I'm now late in picking up my son from child care."

What do you think about his statement? What would you do?

This candidate was one of 21 going for 14 jobs.

My thought? What an idiot!

He just ruined any chance he had of getting that badge. Instead of fuming and getting upset, he should have been on the phone arranging to have his child cared for. The situation should have never been brought up. Why?

Without knowing anything about this guy, the first thing he did was start complaining. Oh yea, that's the guy we want to hire and put up with for 25 years.

The oral board is your golden opportunity to put your best foot forward . . .

Not in your mouth!

I would hope you will never make a similar mistake on your oral board.

Nothing counts ‘til you have the badge. Nothing!

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Fire "Captain Bob" Smith has coached countless entry level and promotional candidates to get their badge. He is a retired 28-year Hayward, Ca. Captain, speaker/author of the audio/video program "Conquer the Job Interview," the book "Fire Up Your Communication Skills" ISBN 09657620-6-8 and a member of the prestigious National Speakers Association. You can book him as a speaker or get a copy of his books and tapes by calling toll free at 888-238-3959.

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