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No Preambles – EVER! 

2020-07-21T20:54:25+00:00

No Preambles – EVER!  Our Constitution has a preamble. It sets the tone for the body of law that follows. This is like the preface of a book that sets the scene for the story. In one-on-one coaching, many firefighter candidates, either knowingly or unknowingly, do the same thing. Don’t be one of these people! A firefighter candidate is often asked why they want to be a firefighter. I’ve had people talk for 30 seconds before they begin to answer the question. I’ll hear the following: “I’m glad you asked me that,” or “That’s an excellent question, and I’d love [...]

No Preambles – EVER! 2020-07-21T20:54:25+00:00

One-on-One Coaching Works

2020-07-21T20:47:57+00:00

One-on-One Coaching Works By the time I have finished one-on-one coaching with a firefighter candidate, he/she is more than ready to get off the phone or leave my house. You see, the truth is that the amount of information we go over can be overwhelming. As a result, our sessions are recorded, and the taped sessions become a great study guide. Here is why. Sometimes it is hard for some people to understand that what they thought was their “best stuff” gets shot down right out of the gate. One candidate wrote: You assisted me with private coaching back in [...]

One-on-One Coaching Works2020-07-21T20:47:57+00:00

Don’t Let This Happen in Your Interview

2020-07-21T20:40:25+00:00

Don’t Let This Happen in Your Interview We have all been at a party where a group of guys is standing around telling jokes and laughing. Then, somebody says something that doesn't quite fit, and the mood is gone. Enter the uncomfortable silence. Do not let this happen at your interview! Besides answering the questions correctly and having enthusiasm, it is crucial to keep a smooth flow during your interview.  Here is what I mean. I have witnessed this happen first-hand. A firefighter candidate was asked this question. "What if you are on duty and a co-worker smells like marijuana [...]

Don’t Let This Happen in Your Interview2020-07-21T20:40:25+00:00

Follow The Bouncing Ball

2020-07-21T20:26:48+00:00

Follow The Bouncing Ball Why is it that some firefighter candidates apply and go through the steps to earn the badge with what seems like complete ease? Why is it that some candidates struggle? The answer is simple. Being prepared matters. Let’s take a look at how this is done. Humor me as we follow this firefighter candidate over a two-week period. Note that this candidate has never been to an oral interview and is non-medic testing against medics. This is what he emailed me. Hi Captain Bob, I just took my first interview with a multi-agency test after going [...]

Follow The Bouncing Ball2020-07-21T20:26:48+00:00

Your Competitive Advantage

2020-07-01T17:50:26+00:00

Your Competitive Advantage Every Saturday, there is a Farmer's Market in our town. Many booths sell fresh-picked strawberries. Even so, there is one strawberry booth that stands out. This booth's line of customers is half a block long. People stand in this line for up to 20 minutes. Anyone will tell you that these strawberries are the best. So here is the question. What makes these strawberries better than the others? The answer is the farmer's competitive advantage. Here is what I mean. It is well-known that once strawberries are picked, they will not get any sweeter. This particular farmer [...]

Your Competitive Advantage2020-07-01T17:50:26+00:00

The Oral Board Skinny

2020-07-01T17:39:13+00:00

The Oral Board Skinny With many years in Fire Service, we have seen it all. Yes – we have seen just about every type of person, and every scenario come through the hiring process. We have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly, so to speak.  Here is what we know at www.eatstress.com: If a firefighter candidate is going to get hung up, it will be on the Oral Board.  The average Oral Board lasts about 20 minutes. You might five questions, which means you will have 4 minutes for each reply. Add on an opening and closing, and you [...]

The Oral Board Skinny2020-07-01T17:39:13+00:00

This Testimony Says It All

2020-07-01T17:32:08+00:00

This Testimony Says It All As retired Fire Captains in Fire Service, my son and I enjoy what we do to help firefighter candidates earn the badge. Whether it's answering emails from candidates, talking on the phone to walk a candidate off the ledge, or simply sharing in the excitement as a candidate moves further along in the hiring process, Captain Rob and I are all in. At eatstress.com, we have helped thousands earn the firefighter's badge. Proudly, we will continue to do so. This testimony from Matt hit home: It was five years ago that I first visited your web [...]

This Testimony Says It All2020-07-01T17:32:08+00:00

The Background Check 

2020-07-01T17:41:02+00:00

The Background Check  That’s right. You have made your decision and are ready to give it your all to become a firefighter. You are committed to doing everything you can, within reason, to earn your badge. We hear what you are saying. And, all of us at eatsress.com want this for you, too. Let’s get started. How does your background look? Even if you are already a firefighter and making a lateral move, you will still have to go through every step in the hiring process, just like you did as an applicant. You read that right. You will start at square [...]

The Background Check 2020-07-01T17:41:02+00:00

What Do I Wear To A Lateral Interview?

2020-05-29T14:05:35+00:00

What Do I Wear To A Lateral Interview? So, you are seeking a Lateral position. Understand that you are applying for a snot-nosed rookie position.  And, know that you have no time or rank with the department where you are testing. The question is what to wear. Well, don’t wear your military, volunteer, other department, dogcatcher, or other uniform to your interview. Here is why. For some reason, firefighter candidates are convinced that wearing a uniform to their interview will somehow separate them from the other candidates. It can and does. But, not in a way you are thinking. As a [...]

What Do I Wear To A Lateral Interview?2020-05-29T14:05:35+00:00

The Best Oral Board Secrets Revealed!

2020-05-29T14:08:27+00:00

The Best Oral Board Secrets Revealed! The Oral Board is the most misunderstood part of the firefighter testing process. It is where candidates typically get hung up again and again. How do you fix that? A candidate must prepare, prepare, and prepare again.  A candidate must be ready to nail the Orals. Why? Simply put, the Oral Board gets you the job! Many applicants tell us they want this job so bad. They want this job more than anything else in the world. And, many tell us that they will do almost anything, ethically and morally, to get it.  The [...]

The Best Oral Board Secrets Revealed!2020-05-29T14:08:27+00:00
Using Capt Bob’s program I was called back for the chiefs oral. I ended up #2 on the list and...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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