Don’t Chit-Chat – PUT A CORK IN IT!!

2021-11-29T22:13:21+00:00

Don't Chit-Chat – PUT A CORK IN IT!! Often, we get phone calls or emails from candidates after they have completed portions of the firefighter hiring process. This guy wrote to me about his experience during his Oral Board. Read what he wrote and my response below. Captain Bob, I recently passed a written and agility for a department. I had my oral interview the next day. Honestly, I felt the interview went pretty well. I am waiting to see if I made the final cut. Here is my concern. During the interview, I was asked what I had done to prepare [...]

Don’t Chit-Chat – PUT A CORK IN IT!!2021-11-29T22:13:21+00:00

Having Trouble with the Written?

2021-11-29T22:13:31+00:00

Having Trouble with the Written? The firefighter hiring process is unlike any other job interview process you will ever experience. And, if you have read my other blogs, you know how I feel about being prepared. It is a MUST! Even still, no matter the preparation, you might get hung up as you move along. Let’s talk about the written. Is this where you are having trouble? Are you trying to raise your score to make the CPS cut? Do you want and need to improve your score on those few tests where the written is still weighted? We get [...]

Having Trouble with the Written?2021-11-29T22:13:31+00:00

It’s Finally Here!

2021-11-15T17:28:04+00:00

It’s Finally Here! Well, it's finally here. Your day has come. Congratulations! And, welcome, Brother. There were ups, downs, twists, and turns. No matter what happened and however long it took, you stuck with it. Persistence is key. You now have your badge. Let's back up and talk about the road traveled to get here. Sharing your experience could help others get the badge, too. Don't be too big for your britches. Share what happened along the way. Be open with recruits who may be so green behind the ears that a bit of encouragement could change his path. Yes. [...]

It’s Finally Here!2021-11-15T17:28:04+00:00

When You Think the Process is Easy – YOU ARE WRONG!

2021-10-14T20:17:20+00:00

When You Think the Process is Easy – YOU ARE WRONG! Here is the situation. Let's say that someone you know is a NAVY SEAL. Imagine the process that this SEAL went through to earn his status in the military – and it is quite prestigious to be a SEAL. Now – imagine that this SEAL has always wanted to be a firefighter. One would think that this person would easily be fit for duty and earn the firefighter's badge. Right? Wrong! Yep, that's right. This super qualified candidate couldn't get hired.  Why?  He couldn't score high enough on the [...]

When You Think the Process is Easy – YOU ARE WRONG!2021-10-14T20:17:20+00:00

Crossing the Bridges

2021-09-01T18:50:20+00:00

Crossing the Bridges Part of the work we do in preparing recruits for the firefighter testing process involves fielding phone calls. We get many, many phone calls. Some of these calls are from folks who want help with the Oral portion of a test. First, I ask the date of the Oral. The usual response is that the Oral has not been scheduled yet. They have just put in the application. For those of us training others, having more time to help our trainees is a good thing. We’ve been trying to get people to reach out to eatstress.com while [...]

Crossing the Bridges2021-09-01T18:50:20+00:00

Getting that Phone Call

2021-08-09T19:20:52+00:00

Getting that Phone Call Here is what Josh wrote: “Today, I'm writing with a sigh of relief. I have been offered a position with a department in Oregon. I start January 3rd. I want to thank everyone for the help and encouragement down the long path. I want to say a special thank you to Fire Captain Bob. Without his words of wisdom, I don't think I would be writing this letter. He took me under his wing and guided me through the dark waters of the testing process. To give you an example of Captain Bob’s dedication, he called [...]

Getting that Phone Call2021-08-09T19:20:52+00:00

Thanks, Coach!

2021-09-01T19:04:20+00:00

Thanks, Coach! Do you remember being in high school and you had a tough class? You had to pass otherwise you would not be able to play sports or worse, your parents would be pissed. What did you do? Well, if you are like some, you asked the teacher for extra help or you found someone to study with on a regular basis. Maybe you did both. The other option would have been to find a tutor. Working with a specialist one on one can make all the difference in the world. Participating in our EatStress Private Coaching is that [...]

Thanks, Coach!2021-09-01T19:04:20+00:00

Mechanical Principles: The Ins & Outs

2021-09-01T19:03:26+00:00

Mechanical Principles: The Ins & Outs If you are interested in being a firefighter or maybe your hiring process has already started, congrats! Let the games begin. This journey will be unlike any other interview you have ever experienced. Let’s talk MECHANICAL PRINCIPLES. Here is an introduction to help you with what many find difficult in the exam process: PULLEYS: 1. The more pulleys, the easier it is to pull or lift an object. 2. The more pulleys involved, the greater distance you must pull. Even still, the more pulleys it is still easier to lift an object. 3. The [...]

Mechanical Principles: The Ins & Outs2021-09-01T19:03:26+00:00

Keep the Home Fires Burning!

2021-07-28T15:47:25+00:00

Keep the Home Fires Burning! The phone rings. You get the call. It is happening. You are moving forward. Well, first things first. Yes, your career is making the next move and you are headed to the academy. But, let’s not forget the ones who stood by and encouraged you along the way, were your sounding board, stayed awake at night to figure out how you could get a badge. Yup – you guessed it - your family. Rookies that are married test their relationship especially when they get into the academy and go through probation. To be more clear, [...]

Keep the Home Fires Burning!2021-07-28T15:47:25+00:00

Navigating the Background Appeal

2021-05-24T21:18:54+00:00

Navigating the Background Appeal Even after working with firefighter candidates, we usually hear from them. From time to time, a candidate will call or email when things are good, and when things are not. We are happy to help. Read what situation our friend, John D., ran across. Dear Captain Rob, Once again, I need some advice. About 10 years ago, I got in trouble for having a fake ID. The result was a gross misdemeanor. Because of this, I was recently removed from a hiring process in Washington State. I received a letter from the department that stated I [...]

Navigating the Background Appeal2021-05-24T21:18:54+00:00

“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  
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.”  
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