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Keep Your Eyes on the Prize!

2022-05-02T21:37:19+00:00

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize! Have you ever wanted something so badly that it is all you can think about? It could be a new car, a relationship, a house, or a JOB – like becoming a firefighter. When all you can see is what you want – how do you make sure you get closer and closer to reaching your goal? How do you know you are on the right path? Who can help you on your journey? There are many situations that come up and can distract you from getting what you want. After all, life happens [...]

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize!2022-05-02T21:37:19+00:00

Private Coaching Will Make A Difference!

2022-05-16T17:11:46+00:00

Private Coaching Will Make A Difference! “Hope is the anchor to the soul.” – unknown   My name is Captain Rob. I am Captain Bob’s son. It is my job to coach all the entry level applicants nationwide. The folks I coach are not doing anything wrong. The truth is they simply fail to include some of the key things they have done in the past that will help them stand out and reveal what kind of person they are. Let me get on my soapbox. If you have applied, taken the written, or physical ability, you are moving along in [...]

Private Coaching Will Make A Difference!2022-05-16T17:11:46+00:00

Feeling Lucky?

2022-03-30T23:53:10+00:00

Feeling Lucky? With all that this said about being a medic, I must tell you that we help candidates get hired all the time with little or no experience. Introducing Jim. Jim picked up one of our flyers when he picked up an application for the San Francisco Fire Department test.  He saw the ad for the test in the newspaper. Now, Jim was not a kid. With no background, formal education, or experience related to the fire service, Jim thought he would give it a shot. The smartest thing Jim did was reach out to EatStress for help. We [...]

Feeling Lucky?2022-03-30T23:53:10+00:00

Anxiety Is Very Common – Especially When Testing!

2022-03-30T23:37:59+00:00

Anxiety Is Very Common – Especially When Testing! Depending on your age, you will or will not be familiar with everyone having some sort of debilitating disorder. It is commonplace. The topic of this recent blog revolves around ANXIETY. By modern standards, anxiety is an emotion earmarked by feelings of tension, worry, and can include some physical changes like an increase in blood pressure. Folks with anxiety disorders typically struggle with recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may even purposely avoid certain situations out of concern for an attack. Dealing with anxiety can be devastating. How does this apply to firefighter [...]

Anxiety Is Very Common – Especially When Testing!2022-03-30T23:37:59+00:00

Multiple Job Offers

2022-03-02T23:07:04+00:00

Multiple Job Offers Email from Jimmy who has received 2 offers: Dear Captain Bob - After getting your program, I got offered a job. Today, another job offer came. It's unreal. Thanks for helping me package the product (Me) and sell it. It worked! Here is my dilemma. I received a conditional offer of employment from a County Fire. I have signed it and will mail it out. I need to pass the medical and psych exams. Today, another fire department's Chief called. He gave me a conditional offer over the phone. As I expected, I have to pass the [...]

Multiple Job Offers2022-03-02T23:07:04+00:00

Your Polygraph is Inconclusive

2022-03-02T23:01:15+00:00

Your Polygraph is Inconclusive Part of the firefighter hiring process may or may not include a polygraph test. Do not be surprised if your day with the polygraph examiner comes sooner rather than later. Here is what the poly looked like for Bill. There were six pages of questions. These questions were read out loud by him before he was hooked up to the polygraph. When Bill was hooked up, only ten questions were asked to him. Each question was asked 3x in a different way and in a different order. Confusing right? Well, that is the point. For Bill, everything [...]

Your Polygraph is Inconclusive2022-03-02T23:01:15+00:00

Never Ever Lie!!

2022-03-02T20:27:18+00:00

Never Ever Lie!! According to Doug Williamson, a 35-year veteran polygraph evaluator from www.polygraph.com “It is a very serious mistake to believe that you will pass your polygraph or CVSA tests just because you are telling the truth - they are not "lie detectors". Scientific research proves that simple nervousness will cause a truthful person to fail!” Meet Phil. I got a call from him just after he failed his polygraph. He was a mess and distressed. After talking with him, he realized he had not been as prepared as he could have been. This, I knew. You see, Phil revealed information [...]

Never Ever Lie!!2022-03-02T20:27:18+00:00

Are Polygraphs Lying to Us?

2022-03-02T20:23:53+00:00

Are Polygraphs Lying to Us? Being prepared for the firefighter hiring process before you show up will put you in a better position to get that badge. You do not want to be caught flat-footed and wondering what happened when the career you have been pursuing evaporates before your eyes. Are you hearing me? Let me tell you about SCOTT. The first time I had contact with him was 45 minutes after he got the call that he failed his poly. He was devastated. I asked him how he had prepared for his polygraph. He said he used the free [...]

Are Polygraphs Lying to Us?2022-03-02T20:23:53+00:00

New Rookie

2022-02-01T22:41:45+00:00

New Rookie A few years ago, I talked to a devastated candidate at a written test. This paramedic had been hired with four other medics by a good fire department. After four months he was fired. He said he thought things were going fine. Then, the captain started telling him that the other firefighters didn't like some things he was saying, starting counseling and documenting him for not taking down the flag, rolling up the hose, etc. He said he was busy doing other assignments. I could see the writing was on the wall. I asked him what the other new [...]

New Rookie2022-02-01T22:41:45+00:00

Know the Formula!

2022-02-16T20:59:02+00:00

Know the Formula! If I have said it once, I have said it a hundred times, after 40 years in Fire Service, we know a thing or two. Some things have changed in fire service, but not the basics. What I mean is that the written and physical ability tests are still pass/fail while the ORAL BOARD carries all the weight of getting you that badge.  After sitting on more than 100 Oral Boards, I have seen quite a few things. I have seen awesome candidates with great credentials. Yet, there is something missing. These candidates couldn’t present what I [...]

Know the Formula!2022-02-16T20:59:02+00:00

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Using Capt Bob’s program I was called back for the chiefs oral. I ended up #2 on the list and...
Becoming a Firefighter
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2018-04-22T16:44:54+00:00
Using Capt Bob’s program I was called back for the chiefs oral. I ended up #2 on the list and now proudly wear the badge for Denver. I would not have been in this position if it wasn’t for “Captain Bob’s” program.  
“I tested for 10 years taking 73 tests. My next oral was in two weeks. I wanted to figure out...
Becoming a Firefighter
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2018-04-22T16:47:33+00:00
“I tested for 10 years taking 73 tests. My next oral was in two weeks. I wanted to figure out what the heck I was doing wrong… with Captain Bob’s program and coaching, I was shocked to see I had ranked number one and got my badge.”  
“The only hinder that I found myself with was not passing the oral… For all of the candidates out there...
Becoming a Firefighter
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2018-04-22T16:51:46+00:00
“The only hinder that I found myself with was not passing the oral… For all of the candidates out there that don’t believe this, try passing and ranking #1 on orals with a stuttering problem…I did.” – Dave, FF/PM  
Using Capt Bob’s program I was called back for the chiefs oral. I ended up #2 on the list and...
Becoming a Firefighter
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2018-04-22T17:01:21+00:00
Using Capt Bob’s program I was called back for the chiefs oral. I ended up #2 on the list and now proudly wear the badge for Denver. I would not have been in this position if it wasn’t for “Captain Bob’s” program.
“Well, I never thought I would be writing this to you, Captain Bob, but it happened to me also… Out...
Becoming a Firefighter
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2018-04-22T17:02:45+00:00
“Well, I never thought I would be writing this to you, Captain Bob, but it happened to me also… Out of a possible 120 pts, I scored 119.87 pts! I couldn’t believe it! … Just wanted to say THANK YOU!” – Armando  
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