Don't Ever Say Pay or Benefits!


Author: Pete

Subject: Getting hired for the money

Most of us, if not all of us want to become firefighters for the same reasons: good money, good benefits, good work schedule, job security, etc.....

To those of you that have scored a 95+ on an oral: Have you ever answered the above to the famous oral question: "Why do you want to become a Firefighter" and actually receive a go oral score using an answer of pay or benefits?

For a lot of us this is the number one reason, however we might not feel comfortable saying this.


Anyone who has the nerve to give any answer of pay,benefits or work schedule is committing instant suicide!

It's an unwritten law. We know it on the oral board, but don't tell us. Sitting on an board, I can't believe candidates would still say those things. You're stepping on a land mine here. If anyone has received a good score from that answer, it was a fluke.

It's better to use your own signature story of what sparked interest to be a firefighter. That is an answer they have never heard.

One of our candidates gave that answer about pay and benefits during coaching. He had great credentials; had taken over thirty tests. We suggested he not use that answer and some others. Three days later, he took his oral on the last Stockton test. He got his best score and position ever. Guess where he works?

Absolutely nothing counts 'til you have the badge. Nothing!

"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 book "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.

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