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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?

June 4, 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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I have a few questions:

1. Can I go back to a question that has previously been asked, let's just say that I remember more that I wanted to say?

Never.  No repair work.  You might make it worse.  If they give you a chance to answer a question that you went blank on during your interview and now remember your answer, sure.

2. What are questions that can be combined? For instance, can I assume that if they ask me about  a firefighters attributes that they wont ask me about the qualities.

Correct.  They're the same.

3.Is it important to add the sacrifices made at the end of "how have I prepared for this position?"

Depends.  What were you thinking?  Time invested, putting life on hold, gaining education and experience?

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It went really well. That was the first time I got done with an interview and felt organized with my answers and prepared. It was also nice because they asked me all the questions that were covered in your program, so I got lucky.  Carla

 ďLuck is given to the prepared.Ē  Thomas Jefferson

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2.      Entry Level Skills Tip 
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 Got Rhythm?

There was a big band playing at our farmers market on Saturday.  They were good.  Everyone walking along couldnít help catching and swinging to the beat.  Young and old.  Feet stepping.  Head bobbing.  Fingers snapping.  You just couldnít help it.  Part of your soul.

I thought itís similar with oral boards.  Once you come in there is a natural exchange rhythm.  The oral board strikes up the band. Do you have that rhythm?  Can you catch the beat?  You know when you do and definitely when you donít.  So does the panel.  They know when you have it and when you donít.  Itís an amazing experience when you catch the beat, pulse, that sway, and you get on a role.  Just like learning an instrument or dance step.

You can orchestrate your interviews and the panel wouldnít even know it if you prepared in advance learning all the steps and beats for that oral board connection for the big gig. You would be ready for the lead in questions and be ready for your solo performance.  All the way to the drum roll and cymbals crashing finale.   You donít want to be a one hit wonder.  You donít want to be tripped up on question (song)  Itís tough to move on from there.  Youíve seen it.  Someone tries to sing the Star Spangled Banner and they forget the words.

These notes and tones of the band can fade as theyíre replaced with the sounds of tones dropping.  The beats of a siren and blast of an air horn of big red as you head out on your first calls as yes, a member of the band.  Isnít this what you have been waiting for?  Your chance to make it to the big time?  Canít believe youíre finally here.  Pinching yourself every day.  Canít keep from smiling. 

Havenít caught the rhythm yet?  The initials for Y E T are youíre eligible too.  Take that recorder everywhere your car keys go to hear how youíre going to sound when you audition for the part in the band.  Scrub your script and music score to make sure every word earns its keep.  Thatís when you will develop and refine the rhythm the oral board panel canít work with.  Itís Showtime!

Yes, you got rhythm!

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 3.     Robs Corner 
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Cut and Paste
 

Have you noticed over the years, the news doesnít report events as much
as they report opinion polls? You donít hear about how the president is
doing as much as, what the public thinks about what he is doing. And
you can get totally different results depending what news channel you
are watching.

I find one of the biggest problem people have while preparing for either
entry or promotional tests is conducting their own polls. It is a good
idea to make sure you are on the right path, but once you do that, you
need to make it your own. I get calls for people that are just as
confused as they could possibly be. They have gotten so many opinions
that they now have a contradiction to everything the other people told
them was right. In all of this opinion collection they never come up
with their own stuff. They are trying to blend these other peopleís
opinions into something they can use. Your oral interview is not an
exercise in cut and paste.

I talked to guy I work with who was going for captain. I knew the
people he had talked to and I could tell when he was repeating what each
person had told him to say. The problem with this is the people you
talk to are telling you what they would say if they were you, and they
are not. I asked him when I got to hear him talk. He said that is what
he had been doing. I told him that I knew him and his style and none of
what he said fit him. It was like watching a person who talks with
their hands try not to.

When we are interviewing you for a job, we are trying to get an idea of
who we will see on the job. If you have constructed your responses out
of other peopleís stuff, it doesnít sound natural, and it will be hard
to give you a chance. I would say you would get a better score if you
were slightly off base and delivered it comfortably, while being
yourself, than to nail it and sound like you have memorized it from a
book.

You need to dial yourself into the correct answers and directions to
take with the oral board questions, and then make them your own. There
are most likely several hundred correct answers to a customer service
question, or to ďWhy do you want to be a firefighterĒ, let us know your
answer, youíll be glad you did, and so will the panel.
 
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 4.     Promotional Level Skills Tip
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Possible Question:

I know a question that will be asked in my interview but I am not exactly sure how to answer it. The question is either:

What can our department do to improve?
                      OR
What are the main issues our department is facing right now?

Currently, we are butting heads w/the city over our pay. We are currently 7.5% below the average in pay statewide. Our union ( not recognized by city ) payed an outside company to run a salary survey the same time the city was running their survey, needless to say our survey was thrown out, not that it was wrong just DIFFERENT! The other issue is collective bargaining, which is not yet addressed to the city but is in the works, once the city has put out the new budget for the next few years it will definitely tell if the city is working with us or against us. Finally, our union cannot endorse political candidates, again butting heads w/the city!

I would appreciate any input you can give me. Thanks for all your help, Cap, I couldn't have done it without you!  Jeff

Reply: This is a very dangerous question.  You can't use any of this.  Here's your only safe answer no matter how you feel or what anyone else tells you:

I believe our department is functioning fine at this time.  If something comes up that I believe needs attention I know the chain of command to direct my concerns.

New badges:

. . . I'm not much of a hooter or hollerer but when my buddy called me with the rankings I hung up and yelled my head off (by myself and I think there was some fist pumping to.)  When you work your ass off and do your homework, and it finally pays off, there really is no better feeling.

Captain, I don't know what badge # I was when I got my entry-level with your help in 2002 but you can add a Captain's badge to the list.  I scored # 1 out of 8 candidates.  For the first time I used a tape recorder not only for the oral interview but for on-scene reports and other oral skills.  I believe it helped.  By the way I might be promoted in as little as a week.

All in all you were a part of my success. It's simple, just like your program and doesn't have a lot of extra fluff. 

Again, 6 1/2 years after my first major success,  Thanks for your help. 

Matt Kruse

P.S.  I'm not much of a hooter or hollerer but when I my buddy called me with the rankings I hung up and yelled my head off (by myself and I think there was some fist pumping to.)  When you work your ass off and do your homework, and it finally pays off, there really is no better feeling.

Subject: Thank you

Captain Bob, I just wanted to follow up with and say thanks for all the good insight. I watched the DVD several times, listened to your CD, did the work sheets, and what did it was the tape recorder. I just recieved my phone call from the Chief this morning and was one of 3 Lieutenant's promoted on my first time up. Thanks again, Robert Jordan

Subject: Thanks

Capt. Bob. I called the phone number on your website one December night very late (23:30 Central) to just get the number on my phone so I could call you the next day. Much to my surprise, you answered. Didn't expect that. I like a guy that answers his own phone, so I ordered your DVD/CD for an assessment center promotional process for Captain. I liked what you had to say. Even though our assessment center did not have an oral interview, I still felt very prepared for the in-box and oral presentation. Also, I took many photos of buildings in our district and printed them off and used them to practice my tactical exercise on. That tape recorder was invaluable. I felt very relaxed and confident.

    Well, I was promoted to Captain (Shift Commander in our dept) on Mar 8. Thank you so much for your help and I will definitely pass your website along to the next generation of candidates.

Sincerely, Robert Looper Captain, C Shift Kearney Fire and Rescue Protection District 

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 5.  New Badges
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Captains Bob and Rob,

  After reading success story after success story, I always wondered what it would be like to be getting "that" call, and then to be able to email you and tell you the good news.  I thought it was too good to be true and that my time might never come.  But here I am.  I DID IT !!!!!  I should say WE DID IT!!!! because I didn't do this alone!  I received THE CALL last Friday and I picked up my new hire packet yesterday.  I am starting the academy for a very large department in the Las Vegas Valley on June 30th Captain Bob!!!!!  I made a call to my wife, and I simply said, " I'm in"  and she started crying.  And then I started crying.  4 years of struggles, of frustrations, of tests and orals and chief's orals, of disappointment after disappointment-- it all came down to those 2 little words.  AND IT WAS WORTH EVERY HEARTACHE IT TOOK TO GET THERE!

Sir, I cannot thank you enough.  If it hadn't been for your desire to help others achieve their dreams, I would still be a lost soul searching for the next certificate or training that would get me hired!  I purchased your Gold package and I have worn out the dvd and the cd's-- then I copied them to my ipod to listen to while I worked out.  I bought a voice recorder and went through endless batteries rehearsing my answers.  I made many video tapes while practicing my questions only to review them, laugh a little, and start over.  There were times where I truly started to doubt myself and whether or not God meant for me to be a firefighter.  But I didnít give up.  The desire was etched into my soul.  I couldnít give up! 

My one regret, is that I didn't do the personal coaching with you or Captain Rob.  I know right now without a doubt, I could have obtained the badge in a fraction of the time it has taken me (4 years), but in my pride-filled mind, I couldnít justify the money.  That all changed when I emailed you on a Sunday night around 7pm with a question about the psych exam... that I was taking the next day.  The next thing I know,  my phone is ringing and Captain Bob is saying hello!  I could not believe it.  I still cannot believe that you would take the time to call me on a Sunday evening when you are spending time with your family, to help a person you have never met.  It blows my mind sir.  I knew from that moment, that your website, your videos and cd's, and ESPECIALLY your coaching... is not about the money.  You genuinely care about every single person that visits your website.  You have a genuine interest in seeing me succeed.  And that is priceless.

So thank you from the bottom of my heart, for caring.  Now I truly know how all those 2500+ others felt when they wrote in with their victorious stories!  I did it!!  My dream....my LIFE starts in less than 4 weeks.  And I do owe a big part of that success to you and your son... and your wife for putting up with all the late night emails and phone calls!  All I can say to others who are struggling..... DO NOT GIVE UP!!!!!!!!!  Your persistence, along with the proper training and education from this web site will help you to realize your DREAMS!!!  With the up most thanks and respect,    Robert 

Subject: RE: Chief's Interview- got the call

Capt Bob, It's been over 2 months of background, medical and psych testing on this (see below). I wanted to let you know that I just got the official call on Thursday. I start on August 18th for the dream job that I originally pursued 10 years ago.
 
I wanted to thank you for your program as well as the psych report I ordered. I didn't think I would need the psych report, but I'm so glad I ordered it. I think it made the difference. Especially after I found out one of the guys in my hiring group didn't pass his psych and was out of the process. I couldn't even imagine that after getting so close to being hired. If anything, the psych report is like an insurance policy to the badge.
Thanks again. Now the real work begins. Marvin 

Hereís a quick learner:

IT HAPPENED!!!!

Capt. Bob,

     IT HAPPENED!!! I got the phone call last week that told me congratulations and to see if I could start the next academy on may 12. I nearly lost my voice after I hung up with all the yelling I did of pure excitement. I bought your program  http://www.eatstress.com/special_offer.htm and treated it like a bible. I listened to the c.d.'s everyday, read the book cover to cover, and got the all-important tape recorder and I have to say if it wasn't for you I wouldn't be starting my dream job. This was my fourth test and FIRST ORAL BOARD. People couldn't believe I got hired so fast. I just used my life experience like you said and showed them that I could already do the job. What you do for guys like me is amazing every time I had a question I e-mailed you and got a reply fast. I hope that one day we meet in person so I can shake your hand and say thank you. Forever in your debt, Morgan

Subject: STORIES ARE EVERYTHING!

YOU WERE ALWAYS RIGHT ABOUT MAKING EVERYTHING A PERSONAL STORY, NO CLONING. I WAS DRIVING HOME FROM MY FATHER'S HOME (ST. LOUIS, MO) TO BACK HOME (FT. LAUDERDALE, FL). HE ADVISED ME TO STOP BY BIRMINGHAM, AL AND MY G/F'S CO-WORKER ADVISED US TO TRAVEL TO EAT LUNCH IN HOMEWOOD. (SMALL TOWN SE OF BIRMINGHAM, POPULATION 30,000). I / "WE" INSTANTLY FELL IN LOVE WITH THE CITY. LOOKED AT HOMES IN THE AREA. I WAS CURIOUS ABOUT THE F.D. I WALKED RIGHT INTO FIRE ADMINISTRATION AND ASKED IF THE TOWN WAS HIRING, FIREMEDICS. THEY ASKED IF I WAS A FIREMEDIC AND I REPLIED, YES, IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. THEN THEY ADVISED ME TO STEP INTO THEIR OFFICE. I SPOKE TO THE FIRE CHIEF FOR 10 MINUTES. AFTER 2 INFORMAL INTERVIEWS (JEANS AND A LONG SLEEVE SHIRT), AND MISCELLANIOUS TESTING, AND EXCHANGING "MY STORY" OF WHY CHOOSING THIS TOWN OF ALL PLACES, I GOT THE DREAM CAREER OF A LIFETIME. NO MORE J-O-B. JUST OVER BROKE! I HAVE A CAREER NOW! WAAHOO!!!!! 

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 6.     Humor

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Life's Rules

1. There are two sides to every divorce: Yours and butthead's.

2. The closest I ever got to a 4.0 in college was my blood alcohol content.
3. I live in my own little world but it's OK, everyone knows me here.

4. I saw a rather large woman wearing a sweatshirt with 'Guess' on it. I
said, "Thyroid problem?"

5. I don't do drugs 'cause I find I get the same effect just by standing
up really fast.

6. A sign In a Chinese Pet Store: "Buy one dog, get one flea."

7. Money can't buy happiness but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

8. I got a sweater for Christmas. I really wanted a screamer or a moaner.

9. If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the "terminal"?

10. I don't approve of political jokes. I've seen too many of them get
elected.

11. The most precious thing we have is life, yet it has absolutely no
trade-in value.

12. If life deals you lemons, make margaritas. If life deals you tomatoes,
make Bloody Marys.

13. I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person
you want to annoy for the rest of your life.

14. Shopping tip: You can get shoes for a buck at bowling alleys.

15. I am a nobody; nobody is perfect, and therefore I am perfect.

16. Every day I beat my own previous record for number of consecutive days
I've stayed alive.

17. That Claudia Schiffer must be a genius because I told a friend my plan
to attain world peace, and he told me I have "Schiffer Brains."

18. No one ever says, "It's only a game!" when their team is winning.

19. Ever notice that people who spend money on beer, cigarettes and
lottery tickets, are always complaining about being broke and not feeling well?

20. How long a minute is, depends on what side of the bathroom door you're
on.

21. Isn't having a smoking section in a restaurant like having a peeing
section in a swimming pool?

22. Marriage changes passion... suddenly you're in bed with a relative.

23. Why is it that most nudists are people you don't want to see naked?

24. Snowmen fall from Heaven unassembled.

25. Every time I walk into a singles bar I can hear Mom's wise words:
Don't pick that up, you don't know where it's been!

 
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