In B-pad, you will be presented with a video that shows many situations. You will be recorded by another video to view how you respond. At the end of each situation, you will be given an opportunity to pick one of several answers or tell what you would do.
B-pad is designed to see how you would react in situations if you were a firefighter. If you already had your answers in place, you would get high scores for an oral board, members of a city council hiring committee, B-pad or any other interview. The problem is most candidates don't have their script down to audition for the job of a firefighter.
We teach candidates to prepare like an actor does for a part in a play. Once they are in that part you only see their personal script on becoming a firefighter. This works especially well in the B-pad where you would want to act as if you were already a firefighter. Nothing short of this will do. It's show time. The bright lights of Broadway. It's time to grab your top hat, cane and step it out.
Key in B-pad is to listen and identify the issue, catching more than one issue, deciding the correct thing to do and using to total time you are given to answer each segment.
You can find out more on this process on the Internet by using the key search word: B-pad.
Here are four sample scenerios used in B-Pad:
Comforting a trapped child
Previous posting testimony:
I took a B-Pad about 4 months ago for a firefighter job. I had not prepared, but have had no real problems interviewing and presenting myself. Luckily, I did get the job.
My advice to you would be to remain calm and relaxed through the process. They will give you 45 seconds-1 minute to answer. If you feel that you answered to the best of your ability and you have extra time, sit there and DO NOT FIDGET and move around.
Sit still and wait for that scenario to end. Part of the evaluation is watching how you react after you answer. I think I had 8 scenario's that I had to provide answers for. To be honest, they are all common sense. Don't make more out of it than it is. Above all....remain CALM and COLLECTED. After all, if you can't do that in front of the camera, how are you going to do it on real calls. Good Luck!!
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