I had a candidate tell me he went to an interview wearing a tie, suspenders and no jacket. I asked him, "Who did you think you are Larry King?" I asked him if they called him back for a chief's interview? No. The defense rests. McFly? The strongest non-verbal statement you can make in the oral board is what you wear. It is time to step up and make the investment. Men: Do wear a wool suit in dark blue or gray. Pinstripes are fine, but avoid brown, black, or high fashion brightly colored suits. Sport coats or blazers are [...]
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If it doesn't come out of your mouth, you will not get credit! Question: If they don't accept resumes, then how are they going to know what I did? Will I somehow have to work all that information in the oral? And if so how and where? Thank you- a confused wannabe Reply: One of the major error's candidate's make is thinking that because I have listed experience and credentials on my application and resume, I don't have to cover everything or go into depth. This is a big ERROR! You have to tell them. Understand if it doesn't come [...]
A problem that many fire applicants are having that is causing a stumbling block in their pursuit of becoming a firefighter is test anxiety. Many applicants have completely prepared themselves for the examination only to be overcome with test anxiety when they walk into the room. This can be dealt with and brought under control. A small level of Adrenalin at the beginning of the exam will keep your mind sharp. The problem occurs when the Adrenalin and anxiety are too high, preventing you from concentrating and doing your best in the examination process. What can you do to help control test anxiety? [...]
All too often I hear candidates say they only want to work for a particular department or in a certain area. Even if they took a test outside their area of interest, they would never work there if they were offered a job. Volunteers hang their hopes on one day being a paid member of their department. They hang on so long at these coastal or central valley departments they miss great opportunities. Before they realize it, they are too old, don't have the exposure or education, and their department never would have hired them in the first place. "Time is what happens [...]
This from oral board rater David White 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 board question I had never heard before. It was a [...]
Jon and his 9-fire technology academy buddies set out to target six departments in the northwest where they wanted to work. Their Plan A would cultivate these departments and be in a position when they tested. After almost two years, no one got hired or was high enough to be considered. Then Jon read a section of our website that encouraged candidates to test wherever they could get. This made sense to Jon especially when he figured out he was only able to take around two tests a year. Like hands on academy and education skills, if you don’t use [...]