Luck is Given to the Prepared!
In the weeks before Christmas there are two types of people, those
who are happy and enjoying the season, and those of us that want to hurt the
happy ones. The difference is the first group prepared, their shopping done,
cards written they relaxed and enjoyed themselves. Meanwhile the second group is
trying to find that last minute gift before their car was done filling up at the
pump and they have to pay.
I was outside a building where oral interviews where taking place. I saw a guy
sitting in his car writing like mad on a piece of binder paper. Another guy
walking by looked in the car and acted like he was thinking if maybe he had
written some stuff down he might not feel like throwing up right then. These
guys have never shopped early for Christmas.
Right after Christmas, you are probably saying, as most of us do, I will have
all my Christmas shopping done by October next year. That same attitude should
apply to your preparation for your oral interview.
Please allow me to get on my soapbox for a moment. If you have put in an app.,
taken the written, or physical ability, you have an oral coming up...If you are
in a fire academy, working as a volunteer, in high school, or are twelve years
old and are going to be a firefighter some day YOU HAVE AN ORAL INTERVIEW IN
YOUR FUTURE; YOU JUST DONíT KNOW THE DATE YET.
The choice is up to you. How do you think you can present yourself in the best
light? If you have spent weeks or even months preparing or you are sitting in
your car an hour before the interview still trying to figure out what you have
done to prepare and hoping it looks something like what you put on you
My suggestion is you kill two birds with one stone. Prepare for your interview
like you know you should, and next year you can give everyone a picture of you
with your new badge for Christmas.
I work for contra costa fire dept. and am "capt bob's" son. I do all the entry
level coaching by phone nationwide. You can contact me direct with your
questions or set up a coaching appointment @ 707-869-1330. my e-mail address
Absolutely nothing counts 'til you have the badge.
Ask "Captain Bob"
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Fire "Captain Bob" Smith has coached countless entry level and
promotional candidates to get their badge. He is a retired 28-year Hayward, Ca.
Captain, speaker/author of the audio/video program "Conquer the Job Interview,"
the books "Eat Stress For Breakfast" ISBN 09657620-3-3, "Fire Up Your
Communication Skills" ISBN 09657620-6-8 and a member of the prestigious National
Speakers Association. You can book him as a speaker or get a copy of his books
and tapes by calling toll free at 888-238-3959.
Web site: www.eatstress.com