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Since 100% of your score in obtaining a firefighter badge is in the oral
board, what are you missing that's keeping you from gaining that badge?

January 2, 2008

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             In This Issue
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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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The Recipe

On the television Food Network show Dinner Impossible http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_ie/  Chef Robert Irvine is given a spontaneous difficult assignment to cook for groups of construction workers, employees at a Mall, a Magic convention, etc.  He shows up, gets the assignment and told what is available to him in resources to complete the mission.

The first thing the Chef does is figure out what he has available for food, resources, people, where he can go to get more food, ingredients, and then makes up the all important menu. The main thing is being prepared in advance with proven recipes he uses to put it all together to satisfy the guests being served.  The real secret is established plans that have worked before.

One of Robert’s rules is: Get organized: Any task becomes less daunting when you break it into parts and go one step at a time.

You must see the video: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_ie/

See any similarities to an oral board?

If you received a letter for an oral board, what is your recipe to satisfy the oral board panel to have them selected you over the other candidates?

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to 15 points and nailing that badge! 

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2.      Entry Level Skills Tip 
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 How to Make the Cut

Yesterday I had called a candidate Gary to confirm an order.  When I talk to candidates who have obtained our program I ask them what caused them to separate themselves from their hard earned money to get our program?  So, when I asked Gary why he said he went into a recent oral ranked at 33 and thought after all the interviews he had already been through, this time he was going to make the cut. 

He was surprised that the guy at number 52 blew past him and was selected.  When he talked to the guy he was more surprised that this was only his second test.  Then he met a guy who just got out of this same departments academy.  Both had our program.  He thought that being in sales and making presentations for 9 years he knew what it took to answer the questions to the point.  Both candidates told him it was more of the personalized experiences and emotions that helped them get hired.

Another candidate wrote:

Thanks Capt. Bob.

The CD's are great to listen to in the car.  They are very insight full and motivating.  Best of all they make you think and just don’t give you a script to follow.  It has helped me think and figure out why I truly want to be a firefighter.  I now have not only an answer that is not a clone but also one that it truly my own.  I did not even realize it made such a turning point in my life but once you are challenged to look back it all falls into place Best Regards, Sam

Reply: Thanks for letting us know.  You're learning some of the secret "Nuggets".  We tell candidates, "Just like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz, We're not going to give you anything you don't already know, we're just going to show you where it is and how to present it."

If you don't already have the script to print out here it is: http://www.eatstress.com/workboolette.htm

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 Bottom line getting a badge is all presentation skills!

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 3.     Robs Corner 
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The Dreaded Interview

It really doesn’t matter how they arrange or call the interview process or how they do it, one thing remains the same. If you aren’t prepared for one, you aren’t prepared for any. In most every interview there comes a time when you need to tell us about yourself, an oral resume, and tell us about our department. If you can’t sound comfortable and confident talking about yourself, it is hard for us to feel comfortable and confident in giving you this opportunity. If you are able to go into any interview with well thought-out, well-rehearsed answers you are proud of, you will do well in any interview. The list would look very similar if you gave the same people a 15-minute interview and then a 2-hour. The cream will always rise to the top.

About 5 years ago Seattle changed the first portion of the orals. You were led into a room that had five questions on customer service hanging from the back wall. When you said you were ready a guy reading a book would press record on a tape player and you had to read the question and your answer into the machine. For those people that were not prepared, and were already suffering from extreme nerves, the wheels came off of their wagon when they saw this. But those that were prepared were able to recover from the initial shock and do well.

The great thing is that if you are prepared to the level that you can be somewhat comfortable in your interview, when things happen that would spin most people, you are able to further distance yourself from the pack.

I coached a guy a few months ago. He was one of those people that are typical of those that call me. They have everything they need to get the job, but after many tests they are missing it by just a little. So many people miss multiple jobs by less than a point or two.

After we were done, I asked him the question I ask a lot of people, “What will you do if you get multiple job offers?” He laughed, and said one would be fine.

Over the next week or two he had three tests, and in short order got three offers.
Many people don’t understand about the multiple job offer situation. When you find the way to get your interview skills to the level that you are hitting on all cylinders, you will do well on most of the tests you take. Just like if you work hard to dominate the physical agility test, you will dominate them all. The difference is that they tell you what you will have to do in the physical, but you have to guess what the oral will be. We can assume it will be the "most asked questions", but who knows. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could take a practice oral, like that let you take a practice physical. Yea, but it won’t happen.

You need to think long and hard about what you are going to do if this happens. A common question in a chief’s interview is, “are you testing for any other departments? What are you going to do if they call you before I do?” If you have not thought this out, made your decision before hand, you could be caught flat-footed and look stupid. Not something you want to do in front of the chief.

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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Tactical

I was wondering if anyone knows where there is an audio of a good size-up to situation contained. I think to hear one start to finish would be useful. Thanks

Reply: Getting in a coaching session that's recorded with you in it for later review is even better yet.  You will get a hands with you in the hot seat so on game day there will be no surprises.  More here:  http://www.eatstress.com/promocoa.htm

Capt Bob-
It's been about six months since I got my Lieutenants badge out west and I have some amazing news... I have been given an interim promotion to Asst. Chief!!!

Although I love being an Lt, and plan on keeping my rank for years to come, the Chief of my Department gave me an interim position as the Asst Chief of EMS Ops. Our current EMS Chief is leaving and the Command Staff met to determine what to do until they filled the position. They decided that they would fill the spot with a current Lt. There were many that met the criteria, and they selected the one still on probation.... ME!!! It is un-heard-of...

I wanted to thank you for your program. I feel that part of the reason I was given this opportunity was that I used your program during my testing process (and Chief's interview). I feel that your "nuggets" painted such a good picture of my abilities that it led the Chiefs to give me an interim promotion. 

Happy Holidays and Thanks Again, Ben

Reply:  Ben, you must have blown the doors off that assessment center!

Bob, I don't know if you will remember me, but you and I exchanged numerous e-mails after I purchased your program.  I wanted to thank you for your insight and thank you for the personal e-mails you exchanged with me.., the great advice you gave me proved very helpful.

I was not able to get time to schedule any one on one with you, but the assessment center lesson(s) improved my score and were invaluable (particularly the peer counseling).  I just had my interview with the City Manager and Chief this afternoon.  Thirty minutes later I was offered the job.  Which I accepted.  Twenty five years in the making, but several hours of direction from your program set me on the right track for the interviews. Thank you very much.  Marty

Capt. Bob, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your help and the  software and information you provided.  I just received my results  and placed 13th on our list and should have my promotion by this summer!

I know without a doubt that your suggestions as well as the coaching I received was beneficial and helped to "separate" me from some of the others.  I also found out that within the top thirteen at least five other individuals had found out about and used your software  (although not from me!!).  I also know that one of my raters was very familiar with the "nuggets" concept, as he stopped what he was writing, looked directly at me, smiled, and once I was done with my  "nugget" he continued on with his writing.  We BOTH knew, that I had just successfully used a "nugget"! Thanks again, Jeff

Wait! While you're here Captain Bob wants to give you a 10 day FREE test drive of selected inside secrets how to get a promotional badge.  Learn more here: http://www.eatstress.com/promointro.htm

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 5.  New Badges
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I have been reading this website for about 3 years now . I finally received the honor to take the written, oral and chiefs interview. Thanks to this site and yours and rob;s experience. I GOT THE BADGE!! 53 people took the written test, and only 21 passed it, I got the highest score. Out of those 21 people who passed the written 18 of us passed the physical agility. 12 of those went to the oral board, which six got a chiefs interview. I was number one on the list the entire testing process. All the new hired firefighters were supposed to start Jan 1 2008. But the chief had me start a week after interviewing  with him. Any way I wanted to say thanks for all of your help!! I have been working A- shift now for about one month and its awesome. Thanks again!! Fire Fighter/ EMT-B. Brian

Dear Capt. Rob, I just wanted to tell you that my dreams have come true and I received an offer from the department I've been trying to get into.  Thank you so much for all your help and guidance!  I couldn't have done it without your help. Thank you! Sincerely, Jeff  Seattle, WA

I got "the call" two weeks ago from a major department in Arizona. I'm extremely excited, and the ability to "really" enjoy the holidays was amazing. I owe a thank you to CaptBob - a great investment for me.

I just wanted to say thank you to Capt. Bob for all the advice. I just received my first conditional job offer for the Newport News Fire Department. I will start the academy in mid January. Once again thanks to everyone who has given me advice over the years. I wont forget where I came from. Been a vol for just about six years now and the thought and finally making this my profession is extremely exciting. Once again thanks to all and stay safe.

Age 39 and just got hired. Life experience counts for something. Do your self a favor and read everything that Capt Bob is willing to share at www.eatstress.com

Bob, I don't know if you will remember me, but you and I exchanged numerous e-mails after I purchased your program.  I wanted to thank you for your insight and thank you for the personal e-mails you exchanged with me.., the great advice you gave me proved very helpful.

I was not able to get time to schedule any one on one with you, but the assessment center lesson(s) improved my score and were invaluable (particularly the peer counseling).  I just had my interview with the City Manager and Chief this afternoon.  Thirty minutes later I was offered the job.  Which I accepted.  Twenty five years in the making, but several hours of direction from your program set me on the right track for the interviews.

 Thank you very much.  Marty

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 6.     Humor

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Are you really a redneck?

1. You take your dog for a walk and you both use the same tree.

2. You can entertain yourself for more than 15 minutes with a fly swatter.

3. Your boat has not left the driveway in 15 years.

4. You burn your yard rather than mow it.

5. You think "The Nutcracker" is something you do off the high dive.

6. The Salvation Army declines your furniture.

7. You offer to give someone the shirt off your back and they don't want it.

8. You have the local taxidermist on speed dial.

9. You come back from the dump with more than you took.

10. You keep a can of Raid on the kitchen table.

11. Your wife can climb a tree faster than your cat.

12. Your grandmother has "ammo" on her Christmas list.

13. You keep flea and tick soap in the shower.

14. You've been involved in a custody fight over a hunting dog.

15. You go to the stock car races and don't need a program.

16. You know how many bales of hay your car will hold.

17. You have a rag for a gas cap.

18. Your house doesn't have curtains, but your truck does.

19. You wonder how service stations keep their restroom's so clean.

20. You can spit without opening your mouth.

21. You consider your license plate personalized because your father made it.

22. Your lifetime goal is to own a fireworks stand.

23. You have a complete set of salad bowls and they all say "Cool Whip" on the side.

24. The biggest city you've ever been to is Walmart.

25. Your working TV sits on top of your non-working TV.

26. You've used your ironing board as a buffet table.

27. A tornado hits your neighborhood and does $100,000 worth of improvements.

28. You've used a toilet brush to scratch your back.

29. You missed your 5th grade graduation because you were on jury duty.

30. You think fast food is hitting a deer at 65.
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