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Since 100% of your score in obtaining a firefighter badge is in the oral
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 April 2, 2008

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1. Quick Presentation Skills Tip

2.  Entry Level Skills Tip  

3.  Robs Corner

4.  Promotional Level Skills Tip
     (Entry level should read this too)

5.  New Badges

6.  Humor

7.  Resource Websites for Candidates

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1.      Quick Presentation Skills Tip
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If you’re signed up for San Jose Ca fire test check this out:

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Captain Bob, I have been to 3 chiefs interviews in the last year and been disappointed with getting so close, only to get the "Thanks but no thanks". I had an interview 2 weeks ago with Seattle and felt that I was better prepared than ever before, but still some of the questions were very well disguised and took me off guard. I am currently trying to better prepare for these questions' "What are you going to do to insure the public trust" and " how are you going to get along with others" Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks Pete

Reply: If you already had answers for our 30 possible oral board questions you could have answered these questions.  What do you think they are about and how would you answer them from the top 30 questions http://www.eatstress.com/thirty22.htm

I am currently trying to better prepare for these questions' and "how are you going to get along with others"

Once you take the disguise off these questions you will find it’s really about “What’s are Your Strengths.  You can add any personal life experience stories to go along with your individual strengths.  See more on stories here: http://www.eatstress.com/captain_bob_stories.htm

This is the real McCoy: I got my Badge the FIRST Try!

Captain Bob: Just wanted to say I purchased your package a year ago and a lot of the information was very useful and gave me insight as to what to expect throughout the hire process. I'm currently in Fire Academy through a local community college and about to graduate in May. I tested 6 months ago for a local large department and made it all the way through the Chiefs oral because I was prepared for each step in the process due to the information I learned in your package. On last Friday I received a letter in the mail notifying me I was HIRED and start on April 2nd! I got my Badge the FIRST Try!

Thanks Capt. Bob, could not have it with out your assistance! McCoy

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2.      Entry Level Skills Tip 
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Hi Captain Bob, I received some of your interview cd's http://www.eatstress.com/special_offer.htm and I really appreciate them.  I just had a couple questions about a chief’s interview I had.  One of the questions he had was "Would you be interested in being a paramedic in the future."  I'm not sure if I want to be a medic yet, but I can't say that I'm not going to want to be one in the future.  Is it better to just say that I don't want to be one, or explain that I might want to in the future?

Another question that was asked was "What position would you like to see yourself at when you retire from the fire service?"  I didn't know whether I should be conservative or say that I want to be a chief when I retire. If you could let me know your thoughts on these it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time, Brian

You wrote: I'm not sure if I want to be a medic yet, but I can't say that I'm not going to want to be one in the future.  Is it better to just say that I don't want to be one, or explain that I might want to in the future?

Reply: If you didn’t get the call after this is why: Your only answer here is yes.

Another question that was asked was "What position would you like to see yourself at when you retire from the fire service?"  I didn't know whether I should be conservative or say that I want to be a chief when I retire.

Reply: Please don't say what everyone else says that they want to be chief.  Consider that you want to go as far as your education, experience, ability and integrity can take you.

How young/old??????

My quest to become a fire fighter

Hi, I am 49 and will be 50 in June.  Last summer while working on the house of a fire fighter, I was intrigued to hear about his life as a fire fighter and asked him how I would go about taking the Physical Agility Test.  He asked me why I would stop at the agility test and not go all the way to becoming a fire fighter.  I gave it some thought, and decided to give it a shot.  I took a test through the local vocational school and then started taking tests for specific departments.  The first department that I tested for was the Tacoma fire department in Tacoma WA.  I then tested for four other departments I moved up in the process for all of the departments to the oral boards.  One of the departments that I tested for was a small, two-station department.  I went before the board, but that was as far as I went.  Fortunately, not getting the position proved to be in my best interest.  While doing a ride along with The Kent WA fire department, I received a call for an oral board with the Tacoma fire Department.  I thought that I had missed my chance to interview with this department, but apparently they didn't find the right people in their first set of interviews.  To make a long story short, thanks to the information that I received from you, I did excellent on my oral boards and am now in my 7th day of the academy.  There were 1400 applicants for 13 positions and I was the 5th one filled.  It had to be the oral boards, because my test score for that test was only 85, so thanks again. Craig 

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 3.     Robs Corner 
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No matter what they call an interview, an entry level, chief’s interview, second interview, needs skills analysis, assessment center, integrity interview, they can ask you anything. All you can do is prepare for what they most often ask.

Being able to tell them about yourself, where you have been, what you have done to prepare, and what you know about their department is a good start. If you have well thought out, well prepared answers to those questions, that you have rehearsed until you feel comfortable in delivering them, you can be yourself in you interview. The person we would see in the academy, on probation, and for the years to come.

I remember those first few interviews, before I prepared, as being a very difficult time. As I recall there would be an intense 15-20 minute period of time. I would wear a suit into a room, they would say some stuff, I would say some stuff, and I would come out of the room and have no recollection of what had happened.

After I started preparing properly, using a tape player, and knowing I had a good answer to the most often asked questions, I was looking forward to interviews. I remember what I said, what they said, and was far more comfortable. Each one gave me more confidence. In the next three tests, I scored 100, 12 with a chiefs, and then got a job.

No matter what they call it, or how they structure it, if you are set in how you want to present yourself, you will do fine. In Canada they only have one interview and it can be up to two hours. Seven and five years ago Seattle’s first interview was very different.

They would have you go into a room, there was a guy reading a book from the personnel department sitting in the corner. Hanging on the back wall there were seven customer service questions on poster board . When you said you were ready, he would start the tape player, and you would have to read the question, and your answer into the tape player. People that weren’t prepared, that were so nervous they were already on the edge, lost it when the came in. People that were prepared were still caught off guard, but they quickly recovered, realized that they could do that, and did it.

Being comfortable that you are prepared as much as you can be is all of the difference. However you get there, if you can come out of an interview and say, “I did all I could do to prepare for that, and will get the best score I could get with what I have”, you can feel good about yourself. Who could ask for more?

 Where ever you might be stuck in the hiring process from the written or video testing, physical agility CPAT, oral interview, psych interview, background, polygraph, or medical, you can find new powerful information on Captain Rob’s new web site here:  www.myfireinterview.com

 

CAPTAIN ROB (Thank you)
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 4.     Promotional Level Skills Tip
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Your Strengths:

A common problem I see with candidates preparing their presentation for an interview is they don’t focus on their real strengths.  They attempt to represent themselves as what they think the board would want instead of their real strengths of leadership, training, haz mat, confined space rescue, etc.  Paul was going for a captain’s position in a large city.  He faxed me his proposed script for his presentation.  Buried in the third page was his true strength . . . Training!  Paul had a long history training in his department, sheriff’s department, and county swift water rescue.  Once training was moved to his opening and main theme, he was operating from his strength.  

This was Paul's first Captain's test.  He tested with 500 other candidates.  He was fighting seniority credits and experience.  All he was hoping to do was get on the list and get some acting time.

In his second interview, a panel member from training asked him what part training would play as an officer.  Paul asked to use the white board to demonstrate.  It was show time!  It was Paul’s true love and strength.  He was in his element up at the board asking more questions and demonstrating he was an experienced trainer.   The training chief beamed.  Paul’s confidence exploded. How could they not consider him for the position?  He blew the doors off his oral board panel.

He didn't just make the list.  He ended up number six out of five hundred his first time out. 

New badges:

Capt. Bob, I can't thank you enough for your wonderful materials.  I can proudly say that number one on our list is mine and I am adjusting just fine to my new role as Ladder Captain. Thank-you again, Captain Brian Jones, Sierra Vista, AZ Fire Department

Got my badge! Just like to thank you. Out of 40 I was # 3 and got promoted to Lt today. It was my first try. So thanks again.  Brian


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 5.  New Badges
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Hello Capt. Bob,, I was tied for number 1

I have all your products, talked to you on the phone many times, and got married to a tape recorder. I have the pleasure of telling you that I finally made it. Not only did I make it I got picked up by a local agency. I just got the call last night that I will be starting the academy April 21st. Its an amazing feeling. Just a little extra, I was tied for number 1. I would like to invite you to the badge pinning ceremony. It will be in either July or August. I will keep you posted. Thanks for all your help. I know without you I would have given up on the chasing the dream as I tested for 7 years. Thank you so much Capt. Bob  Your Friend, Michael Moore

This is the real McCoy: I got my Badge the FIRST Try!
 

Captain Bob: Just wanted to say I purchased your package a year ago and a lot of the information was very useful and gave me insight as to what to expect throughout the hire process. I'm currently in Fire Academy through a local community college and about to graduate in May. I tested 6 months ago for a local large department and made it all the way through the Chiefs oral because I was prepared for each step in the process due to the information I learned in your package. On last Friday I received a letter in the mail notifying me I was HIRED and start on April 2nd! I got my Badge the FIRST Try!

Thanks Capt. Bob, could not have it with out your assistance! McCoy

I was hired and started the academy 02/11/08.  This is my dream department, and after 9 years I made it! Capt. Rob was right, I could get hired anywhere, but I needed to control the added anxiety and stress of going for my dream.

I have been a career FF/PM. I know that you have valuable advice about "leaving stuff in my old locker". Please forward any advice, links, or product information on this topic (being a rookie in the academy I don't have a lot of time to sort through stuff). Thank you again for everything, especially making my dream come true! Brian

P.S. Thanks Capt. Bob for the e-book Eat Stress for Breakfast that you sent me. I really do enjoy your products and I find them motivating!

My quest to become a fire fighter

Hi, I am 49 and will be 50 in June.  Last summer while working on the house of a fire fighter, I was intrigued to hear about his life as a fire fighter and asked him how I would go about taking the Physical Agility Test.  He asked me why I would stop at the agility test and not go all the way to becoming a fire fighter.  I gave it some thought, and decided to give it a shot.  I took a test through the local vocational school and then started taking tests for specific departments.  The first department that I tested for was the Tacoma fire department in Tacoma WA.  I then tested for four other departments I moved up in the process for all of the departments to the oral boards.  One of the departments that I tested for was a small, two-station department.  I went before the board, but that was as far as I went.  Fortunately, not getting the position proved to be in my best interest.  While doing a ride along with The Kent WA fire department, I received a call for an oral board with the Tacoma fire Department.  I thought that I had missed my chance to interview with this department, but apparently they didn't find the right people in their first set of interviews.  To make a long story short, thanks to the information that I received from you, I did excellent on my oral boards and am now in my 7th day of the academy.  There were 1400 applicants for 13 positions and I was the 5th one filled.  It had to be the oral boards, because my test score for that test was only 85, so thanks again. Craig

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 6.     Humor

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“LITTLE GOLDEN BOOKS” THAT NEVER MADE IT

Sent by Shel Horowitz, shel@principledprofit.com.

 

You Are Different and That's Bad

 

The Boy Who Died From Eating All His Vegetables

 

Dad's New Wife Robert

 

Fun Four-Letter Words to Know and Share

 

Hammers, Screwdrivers and Scissors: An I-Can-Do-It-Myself Book

 

The Kids' Guide to Hitchhiking

 

Kathy Was So Bad Her Mom Stopped Loving Her

 

Curious George and the High-Voltage Fence

 

All Cats Go to Hell

 

The Little Sissy Who Snitched

 

Some Kittens Can Fly

 

That's it, I'm Putting You Up for Adoption

 

Grandpa Gets a Casket

 

The Magic World Inside the Abandoned Refrigerator

 

Garfield Gets Feline Leukemia

 

The Pop-Up Book of Human Anatomy

 

Strangers Have the Best Candy

 

Whining, Kicking and Crying to Get Your Way

 

You Were an Accident

 

Things Rich Kids Have, But You Never Will

 

Pop! Goes The Hamster...And Other Great Microwave Games

 

The Man in the Moon Is Actually Satan

 

Your Nightmares Are Real

 

Where Would You Like to Be Buried?

 

Eggs, Toilet Paper, and Your School

 

Why Can't Mr. Fork and Ms. Electrical Outlet Be Friends?

 

Places Where Mommy and Daddy Hide Neat Things

 

Daddy Drinks Because You Cry

 

Mommy's Pills Taste Just Like Candy

 

Learn How To Fly With Just a Ladder and a Pillowcase


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