I am soooo stoked right now.
When was the last time, if ever, you have felt this way in the testing process? This is why:
I am preparing for the other portions just like I did the oral,
but I am starting to see that light at the end of the tunnel.
Thanks again Rob!
Heres some insight:
We were buying a new cel phone. When one of the sales people noticed my wallet badge, they said, Hey Ben is trying to become a firefighter. Ben said, So is he. I asked them if they ever heard of Captain Bob? Ben said you are Captain Bob. This often happens. They know who I am, but dont say anything.
Turns out they both had failed the SFFD test by just a couple of points. I shared that since 60% of the SFFD test consisted of psych questions (like a lot of entry level written tests now) had they been to our www.eatstress.com site, they would have realized had they read and gone to www.fireprep.com for the inside on these goofy psych questions, they would have passed the written and been part of the 590 candidates left now taking the CPAT. Big groans.
Ben was taking an oral in 4 days. I asked him if he would like to try out a couple of his answers to oral board questions? Sure. Two quick questions produced garbage clone answers after testing for almost two years. I encouraged Ben to check out the FREE 101 Inside Secrets How to Get a Badge http://www.eatstress.com/faq.htm and sign up for our FREE FireZine e-mail newsletter http://www.eatstress.com/firezine_signup.htm off our web site.
The next day we had our weekly drawing for our Audio Tape Program. Surprisingly, Ben was the winner. Ben had already been to our site and entered the drawing. Since he worked near us, it was a treat to drop off the prize. I talked to Ben the next day. He had gone home from work and listened to the entire 3-hour audio program. He told me he couldnt believe what he had heard.
Ben said the preparation he had done for oral boards was bouncing questions off his friends who were also trying to get on. Since their answers were similar, he felt he had to be in the ballpark. Little did he and his friends know they had become Clone answer candidates. There are few if any badges for Clones.
Ben called after his oral. Although he was stumped on the question what do you know about our agency (he said that wont happen again), he felt he was 90% better prepared than any previous oral. He said here I was thinking my oral board answers were good enough to get hired and there was nothing more I could do. When he saw me at the SFFD application day, his group of buddies thought we had this outrageously expensive program, not realizing we had over 200 pages of valuable FREE information on our web site.
Ben said going to the web site and listening to the program has been a big eye opener. He said, if nothing more, candidates need to check out the FREE 101 Inside Secrets How to Get a Badge http://www.eatstress.com/faq.htm and sign up for our FREE FireZine e-mail newsletter http://www.eatstress.com/firezine_signup.htm off our web site. As Ben said, it cant hurt. Its FREE!
Here is how fast changes could happen:
Hello Rob its Colin, you coached me with me Seattle interview
a couple of weeks ago. I just wanted to let you know that the initial screening
interview went well. I was much more confident and prepared after working one on one
with you. After I left the interview I felt as though
Nothing counts til you have the badge . . . Nothing!
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.