June 4, 2008
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1. Can I go back to a question that has previously been asked, let's just say that I remember more that I wanted to say?
Never. No repair work. You might make it worse. If they give you a chance to answer a question that you went blank on during your interview and now remember your answer, sure.
2. What are questions that can be combined? For instance, can I assume that if they ask me about a firefighters attributes that they wont ask me about the qualities.
Correct. They're the same.
3.Is it important to add the sacrifices made at the end of "how have I prepared for this position?"
Depends. What were you thinking? Time invested, putting life on hold, gaining education and experience?
This just in from a candidate after they went through our program:
It went really well. That was the first time I got done with an interview and felt organized with my answers and prepared. It was also nice because they asked me all the questions that were covered in your program, so I got lucky. Carla
ďLuck is given to the prepared.Ē Thomas Jefferson
Hereís the program that made the difference for Carla:
There was a big band playing at our farmers market on Saturday. They were good. Everyone walking along couldnít help catching and swinging to the beat. Young and old. Feet stepping. Head bobbing. Fingers snapping. You just couldnít help it. Part of your soul.
I thought itís similar with oral boards. Once you come in there is a natural exchange rhythm. The oral board strikes up the band. Do you have that rhythm? Can you catch the beat? You know when you do and definitely when you donít. So does the panel. They know when you have it and when you donít. Itís an amazing experience when you catch the beat, pulse, that sway, and you get on a role. Just like learning an instrument or dance step.
You can orchestrate your interviews and the panel wouldnít even know it if you prepared in advance learning all the steps and beats for that oral board connection for the big gig. You would be ready for the lead in questions and be ready for your solo performance. All the way to the drum roll and cymbals crashing finale. You donít want to be a one hit wonder. You donít want to be tripped up on question (song) Itís tough to move on from there. Youíve seen it. Someone tries to sing the Star Spangled Banner and they forget the words.
These notes and tones of the band can fade as theyíre replaced with the sounds of tones dropping. The beats of a siren and blast of an air horn of big red as you head out on your first calls as yes, a member of the band. Isnít this what you have been waiting for? Your chance to make it to the big time? Canít believe youíre finally here. Pinching yourself every day. Canít keep from smiling.
Havenít caught the rhythm yet? The initials for Y E T are youíre eligible too. Take that recorder everywhere your car keys go to hear how youíre going to sound when you audition for the part in the band. Scrub your script and music score to make sure every word earns its keep. Thatís when you will develop and refine the rhythm the oral board panel canít work with. Itís Showtime!
Yes, you got rhythm!
Bottom line getting a badge is
all presentation skills!
Have you noticed over the
years, the news doesnít report events as much
CAPTAIN ROB (Thank you)
I know a question that will be asked in my interview but
I am not exactly sure how to answer it. The question is either:
Reply: This is a very dangerous question. You can't use any of this. Here's your only safe answer no matter how you feel or what anyone else tells you:
I believe our department is functioning fine at this time. If something comes up that I believe needs attention I know the chain of command to direct my concerns.
. . . I'm not much of a hooter or hollerer but when my buddy called me with the rankings I hung up and yelled my head off (by myself and I think there was some fist pumping to.) When you work your ass off and do your homework, and it finally pays off, there really is no better feeling.
Captain, I don't know what badge # I was when I got my entry-level with your help in 2002 but you can add a Captain's badge to the list. I scored # 1 out of 8 candidates. For the first time I used a tape recorder not only for the oral interview but for on-scene reports and other oral skills. I believe it helped. By the way I might be promoted in as little as a week.
All in all you were a part of my success. It's simple, just like your program and doesn't have a lot of extra fluff.
Again, 6 1/2 years after my first major success, Thanks for your help.
P.S. I'm not much of a hooter or hollerer but when I my buddy called me with the rankings I hung up and yelled my head off (by myself and I think there was some fist pumping to.) When you work your ass off and do your homework, and it finally pays off, there really is no better feeling.
Subject: Thank you
Captain Bob, I just wanted to follow up with and say thanks for all the good insight. I watched the DVD several times, listened to your CD, did the work sheets, and what did it was the tape recorder. I just recieved my phone call from the Chief this morning and was one of 3 Lieutenant's promoted on my first time up. Thanks again, Robert Jordan
Capt. Bob. I called the phone number on your website one December night very late (23:30 Central) to just get the number on my phone so I could call you the next day. Much to my surprise, you answered. Didn't expect that. I like a guy that answers his own phone, so I ordered your DVD/CD for an assessment center promotional process for Captain. I liked what you had to say. Even though our assessment center did not have an oral interview, I still felt very prepared for the in-box and oral presentation. Also, I took many photos of buildings in our district and printed them off and used them to practice my tactical exercise on. That tape recorder was invaluable. I felt very relaxed and confident.
Well, I was promoted to Captain (Shift Commander in our dept) on Mar 8. Thank you so much for your help and I will definitely pass your website along to the next generation of candidates.
Sincerely, Robert Looper Captain, C Shift Kearney Fire and Rescue Protection District
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After reading success story after success story, I always wondered what it would be like to be getting "that" call, and then to be able to email you and tell you the good news. I thought it was too good to be true and that my time might never come. But here I am. I DID IT !!!!! I should say WE DID IT!!!! because I didn't do this alone! I received THE CALL last Friday and I picked up my new hire packet yesterday. I am starting the academy for a very large department in the Las Vegas Valley on June 30th Captain Bob!!!!! I made a call to my wife, and I simply said, " I'm in" and she started crying. And then I started crying. 4 years of struggles, of frustrations, of tests and orals and chief's orals, of disappointment after disappointment-- it all came down to those 2 little words. AND IT WAS WORTH EVERY HEARTACHE IT TOOK TO GET THERE!
Sir, I cannot thank you enough. If it hadn't been for your desire to help others achieve their dreams, I would still be a lost soul searching for the next certificate or training that would get me hired! I purchased your Gold package and I have worn out the dvd and the cd's-- then I copied them to my ipod to listen to while I worked out. I bought a voice recorder and went through endless batteries rehearsing my answers. I made many video tapes while practicing my questions only to review them, laugh a little, and start over. There were times where I truly started to doubt myself and whether or not God meant for me to be a firefighter. But I didnít give up. The desire was etched into my soul. I couldnít give up!
My one regret, is that I didn't do the personal coaching with you or Captain Rob. I know right now without a doubt, I could have obtained the badge in a fraction of the time it has taken me (4 years), but in my pride-filled mind, I couldnít justify the money. That all changed when I emailed you on a Sunday night around 7pm with a question about the psych exam... that I was taking the next day. The next thing I know, my phone is ringing and Captain Bob is saying hello! I could not believe it. I still cannot believe that you would take the time to call me on a Sunday evening when you are spending time with your family, to help a person you have never met. It blows my mind sir. I knew from that moment, that your website, your videos and cd's, and ESPECIALLY your coaching... is not about the money. You genuinely care about every single person that visits your website. You have a genuine interest in seeing me succeed. And that is priceless.
So thank you from the bottom of my heart, for caring. Now I truly know how all those 2500+ others felt when they wrote in with their victorious stories! I did it!! My dream....my LIFE starts in less than 4 weeks. And I do owe a big part of that success to you and your son... and your wife for putting up with all the late night emails and phone calls! All I can say to others who are struggling..... DO NOT GIVE UP!!!!!!!!! Your persistence, along with the proper training and education from this web site will help you to realize your DREAMS!!! With the up most thanks and respect, Robert
Subject: RE: Chief's Interview- got the call
Capt Bob, It's been over 2
months of background, medical and psych testing on this (see below). I wanted to
let you know that I just got the official call on Thursday. I start on August
18th for the dream job that I originally pursued 10 years ago.
Hereís a quick learner:
IT HAPPENED!!! I got the phone call last week that told me congratulations and to see if I could start the next academy on may 12. I nearly lost my voice after I hung up with all the yelling I did of pure excitement. I bought your program http://www.eatstress.com/special_offer.htm and treated it like a bible. I listened to the c.d.'s everyday, read the book cover to cover, and got the all-important tape recorder and I have to say if it wasn't for you I wouldn't be starting my dream job. This was my fourth test and FIRST ORAL BOARD. People couldn't believe I got hired so fast. I just used my life experience like you said and showed them that I could already do the job. What you do for guys like me is amazing every time I had a question I e-mailed you and got a reply fast. I hope that one day we meet in person so I can shake your hand and say thank you. Forever in your debt, Morgan
Subject: STORIES ARE EVERYTHING!
YOU WERE ALWAYS RIGHT ABOUT MAKING EVERYTHING A PERSONAL STORY, NO CLONING. I WAS DRIVING HOME FROM MY FATHER'S HOME (ST. LOUIS, MO) TO BACK HOME (FT. LAUDERDALE, FL). HE ADVISED ME TO STOP BY BIRMINGHAM, AL AND MY G/F'S CO-WORKER ADVISED US TO TRAVEL TO EAT LUNCH IN HOMEWOOD. (SMALL TOWN SE OF BIRMINGHAM, POPULATION 30,000). I / "WE" INSTANTLY FELL IN LOVE WITH THE CITY. LOOKED AT HOMES IN THE AREA. I WAS CURIOUS ABOUT THE F.D. I WALKED RIGHT INTO FIRE ADMINISTRATION AND ASKED IF THE TOWN WAS HIRING, FIREMEDICS. THEY ASKED IF I WAS A FIREMEDIC AND I REPLIED, YES, IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. THEN THEY ADVISED ME TO STEP INTO THEIR OFFICE. I SPOKE TO THE FIRE CHIEF FOR 10 MINUTES. AFTER 2 INFORMAL INTERVIEWS (JEANS AND A LONG SLEEVE SHIRT), AND MISCELLANIOUS TESTING, AND EXCHANGING "MY STORY" OF WHY CHOOSING THIS TOWN OF ALL PLACES, I GOT THE DREAM CAREER OF A LIFETIME. NO MORE J-O-B. JUST OVER BROKE! I HAVE A CAREER NOW! WAAHOO!!!!!
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