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Getting Down to the Short Strokes

2021-07-28T15:59:12+00:00

Getting Down to the Short Strokes I get a sinking feeling when someone tells me they have been eliminated from the process after getting accepted for a conditional job offer. He or she wants to know what can be done to further their dream of earning the badge. My question is why didn’t you call me before you went on to the next step? Often the answer is that the firefighter didn’t think help was needed. Things were going well. well things were going well. We now know he or she was dead wrong! Here is the deal. Just because [...]

Getting Down to the Short Strokes2021-07-28T15:59:12+00:00

Digging In: Your Background Check

2021-05-24T20:56:55+00:00

Digging In: Your Background Check After 40 plus years in Fire Service, we have seen a thing or two. We have been asked some great questions. This is always the case when it comes to the background check. Here are a few: What exactly happens during a background investigation? What kind of information does the background investigation dig up? Who do they contact and how? Is it likely they will contact the references I give them? Do they contact family members or friends? Do they try to get the phone numbers of people through them? Here is what we know. [...]

Digging In: Your Background Check2021-05-24T20:56:55+00:00

Pass the Psych Test the First Time Out!

2021-05-24T21:26:59+00:00

Pass the Psych Test the First Time Out! You want to be a firefighter. You have jumped through all the flaming hoops and made it through the background check. Then, you are offered the job pending the medical, which includes a psychological test. You take the test, no problem. Right? Wrong! All of a sudden, the phone stops ringing. Let me tell you about my experience with Bill - a firefighter/medic candidate. Bill had been testing for five years before he received his first job offer. Sadly, Bill failed the Psych Test. I received a phone call from Bill asking [...]

Pass the Psych Test the First Time Out!2021-05-24T21:26:59+00:00

Eliminated on Your PBQ – Where’s the Threshold?

2021-05-25T18:09:42+00:00

Eliminated on Your PBQ – Where’s the Threshold? Here is a very real situation. You took an online Preliminary Background Questionnaire (PBQ). When you tried to continue, it flashed PERMANENT DISQUALIFICATION! You wonder what the heck happened? Let’s be clear. The Preliminary Background Questionnaire is designed to eliminate candidates early in the hiring process before they spend lots of time and money on those who they would refuse later. You would be surprised at the percentages of candidates disqualified. If you have been disqualified, you may have answered correctly, or incorrectly, yes to a question that led to an automatic [...]

Eliminated on Your PBQ – Where’s the Threshold?2021-05-25T18:09:42+00:00

Five NUGGETS for A Successful Firefighter Job Interview

2021-05-27T17:18:03+00:00

Five NUGGETS for A Successful Firefighter Job Interview After 40 years in Fire Service and much of that on the line, I know a thing or two about earning your badge. I know that nothing else matters to you than becoming a firefighter. Most likely, you have wanted to become a firefighter for as long as you can remember. I understand that being a firefighter is in your blood. Afterall, it is a rare breed that runs toward danger to help another. You are that breed. I talk about NUGGETS quite often. Let me tell you what I mean. Nuggets are [...]

Five NUGGETS for A Successful Firefighter Job Interview2021-05-27T17:18:03+00:00

Losing the GIG. What’s Next?

2020-09-06T15:52:31+00:00

Losing the GIG. What’s Next? Let's get real here! Firefighters can be fired in their academy and during probation. It happens. One of the most challenging hurdles to get over is being fired by another department. If you are in this situation, the main thing is not to blame others. It is time for you to take a step back. Take responsibility. Make sure you understand what has happened, and embrace you have learned. Now is the time to convince yourself that this will never happen again. Here are some situations where a firefighter might lose his or her opportunity". [...]

Losing the GIG. What’s Next?2020-09-06T15:52:31+00:00

One-on-One Coaching Works

2020-08-21T14:03:55+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 Works2020-08-21T14:03:55+00:00

Follow The Bouncing Ball

2020-08-21T14:04:19+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 Ball2020-08-21T14:04:19+00:00

Your Competitive Advantage

2020-08-21T14:04:30+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 Advantage2020-08-21T14:04:30+00:00
“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  
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.”  
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