September 1, 2008
Estimated reading time 1 - 3 minutes for any segment!
Leave FireZine easily here:
For Back Issues of FireZine
1. Quick Presentation
Help our son Stuart win. Awhile back, our son Stuart entered an essay contest with Backpacker Magazine. He thought nothing would happen. Ends up he is one of the final three contestants. Now, they have it posted as a blog and the votes will decide who wins. If you get a chance, log on and see what you think of him. If you think he is worthy, please vote for him. It would make Stu and his mother happy. You don't need to sign on.
I'm a bit confused on a topic. In an interview, if the question is asked about having used drugs, what's the appropriate answer? Tony
CB reply: It's usually not asked in an interview. It comes up in your background and psych. But if have answer on a application, background packet or other paper work that you’ve used drugs you want to be prepared at any step in the hiring process with an answer.
Tony: Here's my situation: I am 27 years old, and the only drug I have ever used was marijuana back when I was 15. Is it correct to say exactly that, and also emphasize that it was only used then? Also, if the question comes up during the psychological exam, does the person giving the exam know how you answered in the interview?
CB: Yes. The big question here is how many times did you smoke the herb? Any other drugs?
Tony: I read one book that said if you haven't done any drugs other than experimental, and it has been a long time, just answer "no" when they ask.
CB: Not true. You will be asked many times have you ever in the hiring process. If you answer no and they find out your toast.
While we were in Washington DC with our 13 and 15 year old grandsons (Captain Rob’s sons) a few weeks ago, I read a topic on one of the firefighter bulletin boards. A candidate Mike was asking about a scenario question about a firefighter who shows up for shift that had been drinking. What do you do? I thought he got some bad advice on how to answer the question.
I e-mailed Mike to call me. He told he was from NJ, had taken 5 tests, was spinning his wheels and was heading down to South Carolina with his testing buddy in two weeks for his next oral. Mike’s testing buddy said he knew about our program, didn’t think it had much to offer and our suggestion to practice with a hand held recorder was a bunch crap.
Since Mike was spread a little thin on cash I thought this was a great opportunity. I called Mike back and told him I was e-mailing him our Becoming a Firefighter e-book immediately get a jump-start and sending the rest of the program overnight as a gift. He was more than gracious. I e-mailed and talked to him a couple of times before his oral.
Mike calls after his oral on Monday (the last day of orals) saying he answered all the questions and felt real good about the interview. He said it was a little strange at the end of the interview when the panel members started joking with him. Not a bad sign. He was told he would hear something in about 3 weeks.
Don't touch that dial!!!!!
Mike calls back on Wednesday saying the department had called him the next day, Tuesday, telling him they were calling the top 8 for medicals and he was number ONE on the list! Since he was still in the area he had his medical Tuesday. Later that day they called him that he passed his medical, offered him the job and to go home and start packing. The academy starts in a month.
Mike’s testing buddy who didn't think we had a good program, who took the test too, didn't make the cut. Now Mike’s giving him his program because he doesn't need it any more.
Mike is 23 and an EMT! One happy guy. Me too! I was screaming.
This happens more than you know.
like to take a minute to thank Captain Bob for the help that he has given me. I
knew nothing about oral boards after taking 5 tests. I called him for help, and
he was more than helpful. He took the time to talk to me, and help me. I talked
with him two weeks before my oral interview. He overnighted me the program
DVD's/CD's. I watched them, and practiced them like he said, and two weeks later
here I am. I not only got my badge, but I came in #1 overall in the process.
When I let him know, I don’t know who was more excited, him or myself haha.
of the matter is that THIS PROGARM WORKS! The program just showed me the best
way to present myself and my information, and with the required practice,
everything came out awesome.
looking for a badge, and are having trouble with your public speaking
skills/oral board, you need to invest in this program, esp with a payment plan,
its very affordable.
This just in from Mike: I leave NJ on the 9th for SC; start the academy on the 15th! Mike
Welcome to the Fire Service Mike.
This is the program that helped Mike place number ONE on the list! http://www.eatstress.com/special_offer.htm
“Nothing counts til you get the badge . . . Nothing!”
Bottom line getting a badge is
all presentation skills!
large department in the San Francisco bay area recently gave a medic test. Those
that had passed the written had been invited to attend a medic evaluation.
CAPTAIN ROB (Thank you)
One big error candidate’s make is being interviewed by panel members they know. They say, I’ve know these guys for fourteen years. They know all about me. Hey, I bowl with Dennis. I’m married to Keith’s cousin. Everything is on my application and resume. Know one very important thing here. If it doesn’t come out of your mouth, it never happened and you won’t get credit. You might have great credentials. But if you can’t present the package, someone else will get your badge. Present your package as if the panel were complete strangers. Don’t leave anything out. It’s showtime!
When I said the above at one of my seminars, Dan shared the following “. . . I went through exactly what he’s talking about, at a promotion process in my department for the position of lieutenant. I knew all the people on the board, including a division chief. I was thinking, ‘geez, I’ve know these guys for 16 years. And, I don’t have to say anything; they know me.’ During my critique afterwards, the division chief said, ‘You know, Dan, you’ve got so much going for you, but you didn’t blow your own horn. If you would have blown your own horn, you would have said all the things that you have going for you. You’d have had it. Since you didn’t say a word, I can’t give you the badge.’ ” Dan, like a lot of other candidates I talk to who have gone through this same situation, was embarrassed and devastated.
Just wanted to pass along another success story.
I've been testing for 2 years now on and off. I'm a paramedic, working full time as contracted by a village in northern Illinois. Before you're program I was doing well on the written exam, yet still ranking 30th, 47th, 17th, etc. on eligibility lists. My FIRST test after purchasing your gold package I ranked # 2!!! I really noticed the difference in my confidence, and my ability to show the board my unique characteristics that make me the qualified candidate I am.
Thanks for all the advice. Sincerely, Scott Hayden
Dear Capt Rob,
I couldn't let my son start his firefighting career without thanking you properly. My son is Justin Anderson and he followed your program religiously and worked very hard preparing for his firefighting interviews. I know, I practiced with him! After your one-on-one coaching session with him I knew he would get the call. Over the past year, Justin applied to every local department that had a hiring process for a total of 8 applications. I did the administrative things, and he passed the written and physical tests and went on to interviews. He began his career with the Westfield Fire Department on June 30th and we both know he couldn't have done it without you. He is the youngest firefighter they have ever hired. He is in recruit school until the end of the year and is having the time of his life. He goes around saying. "I'm living the dream".
He continues to work hard in recruit school and I know he will succeed. He has also had three other calls from other departments to start with them and has had to turn them down. He withdrew his application from two others. His friends pursuing the same career can't believe it. He has now told them all about you and encourages them to use your program. He wouldn't tell them about you until he got his job--it's that competitive spirit you all have!
Once again, thank you for all you did for Justin. He couldn't have done it without you. Keep up the great work you do. Sincerely, Chris Anderson
More badges here: http://eatstress.com/testbest.htm
To see how candidates have
improved their position in gaining a badge
Remember, absolutely nothing counts 'til you have the
Although our products are sold separately, I would suggest you order Gold Package Program and our companion "It's Your Turn in the Hot Seat" CD series here: Special offer program