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What have you done to prepare for the position? 

In your oral boards everything you have done up to that day has prepared you for this opportunity.  Too many candidates leave out important life experiences that could make a big difference.

While riding a bike on vacation the chain jumped off both sprockets.  Couldnít call the car club and it was a long walk back.  I rewound the video tape of my life to when I had a bike and quickly got the chain back on both sprockets, wiped off the grease with a handy wipe and peddled away.

On some departments they will ask tell us a little about yourself and what have you done to prepare for the position.  We suggest you still break it down into two questions.  One brief ice breaker tell us about yourself and then what have you done to prepare for the position.

Try this:  This will probably be your longest answer.  Start with your education and keep it in chronological order so you wonít forget anything.  Then, your life and professional experience in chronological order. Start your experience by rewinding the video of your life to your first and succeeding jobs in life; no matter if you got paid or how menial it seemed. Many have had paper routes, mowed lawns, worked for relatives or at Burger King. O.K., what did you learn? How you learned to work hard, show up on time, have responsibility, provide customer service and how to work as a team.

Many have told me theyíve been playing sports since they were 6 years old. Did you participate in sports in high school or college? Did you letter? Did your team advance to the regional or state finals? Isnít that working as a team? As a team member you had to stay in shape, have commitment and recognize the strengths and weaknesses of other team members and how you could cover in.  Do any of these areas apply to the fire service? You bet! Every one of them. So any time you can relate your personal life experiences in answering an oral board question, you are telling the oral board that you not only know the answer to the question, you have already lived it!

End with those things you can tie your name to.  Things where you were part of a team, spearheaded a group, took a project from inception to end or were part of a committee that established a procedure or skill.  Include anything you volunteered for no matter when it happened. Once you start on this question you keep going until you finish your answer.

Itís critical to practice your answers with a hand-held voice recorder that goes everywhere your car keys go to work it out.

This is how it can play out on a promotional test but also applies to entry-level:

Tony was going for his first Captainís test.  During coaching we asked Tony to begin his experience for his answer to what have you done to prepare for this position.  Tonyís first job was working in a bicycle repair shop.  He went through successive jobs and the rest on his experience.  At the end of this question Tony told the panel that he spearheaded the establishment (attached his name) of bike paths and trails in the city where he was a firefighter.  He also collected, repaired used bikes and gave them to those in need.  He also collected donations from businesses to fund this program.  This type of presentation is referred to as a recall.  Tony came full circle from his first job in life to using the experience years later to establish a community-wide bike program.  Tony was promoted to captain his first time out. 

It was that early life experience (without the handy wipes) that I recalled to get the chain back on the sprockets and back on the road.

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