Because I interact with many who use our eatstress.com program, I received this email: Captain Bob, I have been a volunteer firefighter for 3 years now. I only began seeking employment as a career firefighter 1 year ago so that I could finish my bachelor’s degree. I have never had any problem passing written and physical exams but am getting eliminated after oral boards. I am at a loss of what to do here. I feel that when I walk into the room, I am well prepared for my interview. Just recently though, I was thrown for a loop by a new oral [...]
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This is How Fast It Can Happen Things can happen fast. Let’s follow this recent candidate over a 2-week period to understand how fast. And, by the way - this candidate had never been to an Oral interview and was a non-medic testing against medics. Here is Pat’s story. From Pat: Hi Captain Bob: I just took my first interview with a multi-agency test after going through your audio/video program and coaching with your son, Captain Rob. I'm concerned. I was out of the interview after about 12 to 15 minutes for a scheduled 30-minute interview. I'm concerned something went [...]
Shoot for the Moon We all have dreams. It is what keeps us moving forward. Dreams get us out of bed in the morning. Some dreams are attainable. Some are not. But, we still dream. Here is a situation where I was asked to give my opinion. Captain Bob- I've been offered a position to pitch with the minors. It doesn't pay much, and I don't know if I'm good enough to make it to the majors. My dilemma is I've also been offered a fire job. What do I do? This was my reply: Since I was a kid, I had a [...]
Run Like Hell! You are interested in a career in the fire service. The jobs are out there. And, as a matter of fact, we’ve all heard the stories about people looking for fire service jobs even though they feared something from their past would stop them from earning the badge. It might be something big or small holding you back. Let’s take a closer look at how your past can affect your future. Here’s the cold, hard truth. Nothing will get you kicked out of the background check faster than a D.U.I or a domestic violence charge. Both usually [...]
Do I Need a College Degree? Let’s get something clear – very clear - Leave no doubt that I fully believe in education. If you want to get a doctor, lawyer, public Administrator, Engineer or any other career that requires a college degree and beyond. But….don’t think for a second that a college degree is the key to earning your badge and becoming a firefighter. Here’s a timeline to consider. If you’re just starting college, it could take 4 or 5 years to earn you BA depending on when you can complete all your classes and requirements. If you want [...]
On the day before Thanksgiving, Nick forwarded an e-mail to me that was inviting him and several other candidates to meet the Chief’s the following week. He didn’t know what to expect. Minutes later, I was talking to Nick. I told Nick that in our experience, this meeting was going to include a job offer conditional on passing the medical. It was exciting news. This was an emotional time. Not only did Nick get this e-mail on his birthday, but he was driving home for Thanksgiving the next day. That very next week, Nick was with the other candidates in [...]
Sometimes, you will hear folks talk about how easy it was in the '70s to get hired as a firefighter. Back then, people got hired right off the street. There was no test. It was just a handshake. You see, fire departments in the late '60s and early '70s earned incentives for hiring guys coming back from Vietnam. Those guys now have 30 years in service, and they are ready to retire. They are prepared to pass the torch. Here is the reality. There isn't a department in any state that isn't looking at several firefighters who will take advantage [...]
So – you have wanted to be a firefighter for as long as you can remember. You want it so bad you can taste it. But here is the hard cold truth - If you can’t answer yes to the following questions, you will never – and, we mean never, see a badge! Before we get started, ask yourself these questions: Are you taking every test you can? Are you passing the written? Are you passing the physical ability? Are you preparing for your oral interview? Are you passing the oral? Are you getting conditional job offers? Are you passing [...]
First Time Out We get it. It's your first time taking the test. You're nervous. What can you do to give yourself an edge? And, you are wondering if anyone out there has been hired on their first try? The answer is, YES. Here is a look at Steve's first time out..... A very excited candidate recently called me with a great story. At age 23, Steve decided he wanted to be a firefighter. He had no education or experience. Where should he start? A couple of firefighters told him to be able to test at many agencies he would [...]
Didn't Get By To Pick It Up I was invited to a career day for a paramedic college a couple of weeks ago. Several fire departments and ambulance companies were represented. A group of aspiring candidates was standing around my table, asking questions. One candidate said he had just taken oral boards in Oakland and CoCo County. With our video playing on a VCR monitor in the background, I asked him if he had used our Entry Level Program to prepare. He said, "No, but my buddy used it to get hired and offered it to me. I didn't get [...]