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September 1, 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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First this:

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.

Shortcut to: http://gear-ologist.blogspot.com/2008/08/stuart-smith.html

If you know of anyone else that might enjoy the experience please send this
to them.  Thanking you in advance.
 

Drug Use

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.

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2.      Entry Level Skills Tip 
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 Life is Timing

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.

From Mike:

I would 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.
 

The fact 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.
 

If you’re 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 made my dream come true. Thank you so much again.Mike

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.

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 3.     Robs Corner 
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More on Game Day

A 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.

This consisted on a trauma scenario, a cardiac scenario, and some situational medic type questions. While no numbered score was assigned, a test taker had to pass each of the three stations to continue in the process. Out of around 60, only 9 passed. This department was looking to hire around 25.

People spend so much time and money to get considered for a job, it can be overwhelming. If you are taking a medic test please review the basics. I heard form one person that it seemed the newer medics did better, probably because they still remembered the “book way”. Go back and review the things you used to pass your national registry and your finals in medic school.

I have talked to people that were very frustrated that they failed to pass the written test for a department they really wanted to work for, they had applied all of their energies on the oral interview. They thought the written wasn’t worth their time and got a shock when they miss out for such a silly reason. The same hold true here. If you are a medic you have obviously been able to pass the tests and evaluations in the past, bring yourself back up to speed. It is real easy to think that years on the street will translate into an impressive medic review, but the opposite seems to be the case all to often.

 
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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It’s Showtime!

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.


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 5.  New Badges
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Rob,

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

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 6.     Humor

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EMBARRASSING MEDICAL EXAMS

1. A man comes into the ER and yells, "My wife's going to have her baby
in the cab!" I grabbed my stuff, rushed out to the cab, Lifted the lady's dress, and began to take off her underwear. Suddenly I noticed that there were several cabs ---and I was in the wrong one.

Submitted by Dr. Mark MacDonald, San Francisco

2. At the beginning of my shift I placed a stethoscope on an elderly
and slightly deaf female patient's anterior chest wall. "Big breaths," I
instructed.  "Yes, they used to be," replied the patient.

Submitted by Dr. Richard Byrnes, Seattle, WA

3. One day I had to be the bearer of bad news when I told a Wife that
her husband had died of a massive myocardial infarct. Not more than
five minutes later, I heard her reporting to the rest of the family that he
had died of a "massive internal fart."

Submitted by Dr. Susan Steinberg

4. During a patient's two week follow-up appointment with his cardiologist, he informed me, his doctor, that he was having trouble
with one of his medications. "Which one?" I asked. "The patch, the
Nurse told me to put on a new one every six hours and now I'm running out of places to put it!" I had him quickly undress and discovered what I
hoped I wouldn't see. Yes, the man had over fifty patches on his body!
Now, the instructions include removal of the old patch before applying
a new one.

Submitted by Dr. Rebecca St. Clair, Norfolk, VA

5. While acquainting myself with a new elderly patient, I asked, "How
long have you been bedridden?"  After a look of complete confusion she
answered..."Why, not for about twenty years - when my husband was
alive."

Submitted by Dr. Steven Swanson, Corvallis, OR


6. I was performing rounds at the hospital one morning and while
checking up on a woman I asked, "So how's your breakfast this morning?"  "It's very good, except for the Kentucky Jelly. I can't seem to get  used to the taste" the patient replied. I then asked to see the jelly and  the woman produced a foil packet labeled "KY Jelly."

Submitted by Dr. Leonard Kransdorf, Detroit, MI

7. A nurse was on duty in the Emergency Room when a young woman with purple hair styled into a punk rocker Mohawk, sporting a variety of
tattoos, and wearing strange clothing, entered. It was quickly determined that the patient had acute appendicitis, so she was scheduled  for immediate surgery. When she was completely disrobed on the  operating table, the staff noticed that her pubic hair had been dyed green, and  above it there was a tattoo that read, "Keep off the grass."  Once the surgery was completed, the surgeon wrote a short note on the patient's dressing, which said, "Sorry, had to mow the lawn."

Submitted by RN no name

   AND FINALLY!!!................

8. As a new, young MD doing his residency in OB, I was quite
embarrassed when performing female pelvic exams.  To cover my embarrassment I had unconsciously formed a habit of whistling softly. The middle-aged lady upon whom I was performing this exam suddenly burst out laughing and further embarrassing me. I looked up from my work and sheepishly said, "I'm sorry. Was I tickling you?" She replied, "No doctor, but the song you were whistling was, "I wish I was an Oscar Meyer Wiener".

Dr. Wouldn't submit his name

 
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