Many of our candidates going for their LA City Oral Boards, some their first oral ever, scored high enough to get a background packet, that puts them in the hiring process, when they left. At first their buddies with far more credentials didn't believe them. Then they were pissed off because it wasn't them going forward. Here’s some of those testimonies.
Captain Bob: I have
passed my first oral ever for LA city and have received my background packet!
It's hard to believe it myself. I managed to make it happen with only 3 weeks to
prepare after receiving your program. But if I had to do it all over again, I
would have tried to give myself at least 6 months.
Hey Captain Bob!
I am 24, and have been trying to get this far since for about two and a half years.
I just took my oral for Los Angeles City. When I came out of my oral THEY HANDED ME MY BACKGROUND PACKET! (Which got me teary eyed when I got to my truck). By the way the confidence from your Gold Package Program made me feel years ahead of everyone there, well that and new underwear! Thanks to the tips and all from you and Rob.
The only guy that did intimidate me at the interview as far as competition ran into the bathroom when I was checking the bottom of my shoes and my hair and threw up. So after that I felt pretty good about it. Keith
This is Jeff. I had a coaching session through you last wed. Well I had my LA City oral yesterday. They let me know right away, they handed my a background packet and scheduled me to meet and start myInvestigation. So I am on to the fireside of the hiring process.
Because of the preparation I was ready for the questions they threw at me. Thanks for everything that you and your dad did, not sure I could have nailed my first interview otherwise. Thanks again.
Hello Captain: Quick question for you. I'm pleased to say I got a packet, and I am waiting on pins and needles for my ranking to come in the mail. I appreciate the quick follow up from your team. I enjoyed the read and learned a lot from your E-book.
The tips regarding written and oral interviews helped much. My buddy and I asked each other every question under the sun in preparation for it. I struggle to not recite, "Why I want to be a firefighter," when asked by the Wendy's server what I want for lunch.
Thanks again, John
Fire Captain Bob, I used your the tips in your Gold package, which gave he confidence I needed to do well on the LA City Oral. I scored a background check. I was able to answer every question the interviewers threw at me with confidence. Thanks Fire Captain Bob. John
Capt. Bob! I took my interview for LA City on Wednesday and left with a background packet! This was my third interview and I felt confident going in. Your book and your e-mails have helped a great deal. I was told by another recruit in my Academy that your book was the only advice he could give. He told me to buy it and read it over and over, since he was getting hired I listened to him. I read your book multiple times and will continue to read it throughout this process. You are absolutely right that practicing your orals out loud with a tape recorder makes a world of difference. I would just like to thank you for you and your son's dedication to helping us that are in pursuit of this awesome career. I know nothing counts until I get the badge, but hopefully I will get this one. Brandon
Capt Bob, I just finished taking the oral interview with LA City and wanted to write a quick note.
First I want to thank you for the information and tools that you have supplied me with. It worked I scored a 90 and have a background scheduled. As you have said before this is the most important step in the process and the step that is least prepared for. Well I can support your statement. As I watched the recording of my score (reading upside down) I noticed 60's and 70's on the scores of those that interviewed before me. I would assume their were about 25 names on the sheet prior to mine. Again the methods you teach do work.
Thanks again for your help, Rich
Captain Bob,I thought I would give you a heads up and a big Thank You! I have passed my oral for LA city and have received my background packet! Carl
Then this: Captain Bob,
I'm a Chabot College Fire technology student. I'm just emailing you to say THANK YOU!
A fellow classmate let me listen to the double CD. I've attended all of your seminars at Chabot, but after being able to put the CD's in my car and let it "soak" in (while I'm stuck in traffic)...the information really hit home.
I just had my interview for L.A. City last week. I went in with energy, and enthusiasm... basically letting my hunger and desire for the job shine through. Since I was prepared, I felt more relaxed...and I couldn't wipe that smile off my face.
Lo and behold, I was scheduled a background interview for next week. This is the farthest I have ever been in a FF interview process. So now I'm just filling out my BG packet...waiting to get back to L.A. next week.
I know you hear this all the time...but THANK YOU for pointing me in the right direction. I do feel more confident in my interviews. Zeki
Reply: In order to get a background packet, Zeki had to have a high score on his oral. He was tuned up and ready to play his music.
At an auction a violin was the next item up. There were no takers on the opening bid of $200.00. One of the bidders asked if he could play it? After a few minutes of tune up he started to play the violin. The room fell silent with the stunning quality of this violin. When the bidding re-opened the price soared. Closing bid was $6,000.
It’s the same with you oral boards. The panel members will never know the quality of you as a candidate until you can tune up (learn how to take an interview) and stun them into silence with a quality seamless presentation so when the bidding is over you take home the prize.
At the Chabot College seminar last week everyone quickly learned what they thought was prepared and unique fell short of getting top scores, especially those candidates who volunteered to sit in the hot seat to give it their best shot. This also applied to many in the packed room who gave their .02 cents as the questions were opened up to the attendees.
It proves what many on this board have tried to get across. Learn how to take an interview because it will be the deciding factor in whether you will gain a badge or not.
Here are some of the comments:
There were so many critical points that I was not aware of. Pat
The interactive format getting info from many people was amazing. Jim
The grilling of everybody was a great learning experience. Nathan
The ball is in your court. How are you going to play it?
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