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

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

When the Wheels Come Off the Wagon!

2021-05-24T21:23:40+00:00

When the Wheels Come Off the Wagon! The firefighter hiring process includes a Psych Test with an evaluation by a psychologist. When the evaluation goes wrong, the firefighter candidate is eliminated from the hiring process. As you can imagine, the wheels start coming off the wagon. Here is how it goes down. Before the interview, the psychologist will often have you take a separate personality test, fill out a personal family history, a biography, and additional information forms. The biggest mistake firefighter candidates make during the psychological evaluation is thinking there is patient/doctor confidentiality. There isn't. The Psych Evaluator is [...]

When the Wheels Come Off the Wagon!2021-05-24T21:23:40+00:00

Improving Poor Oral Board Skills

2021-05-25T17:02:43+00:00

Improving Poor Oral Board Skills If we have said it once, we have said it a thousand times, your scores on the ORAL BOARD are crucial in landing a firefighter position. And can be 100% of what gets you hired. Here is the million-dollar question. What are you doing incorrectly that is keeping you from getting hired? The bottom line is most firefighter candidates don't have the right interview skills and do not practice enough to become good at interviewing. This is true for any job interview. How are you going to impress the ORAL BOARD panel and convince them [...]

Improving Poor Oral Board Skills2021-05-25T17:02:43+00:00

The Number One Problem in Getting Hired

2021-05-25T17:38:20+00:00

The Number One Problem in Getting Hired If your dream has always been to become a firefighter, most likely you understand that there is ­­a process that happens to earn the badge. Chances are you have researched or talked with others about the firefighter hiring process in general. There are applications to fill out and requirements to meet. You know this. Part of this process means that there is an ORAL BOARD interview in your future. It is unavoidable. And, truthfully, this is where most firefighter candidates get hung up. Here is how it goes. You walk to the mailbox. [...]

The Number One Problem in Getting Hired2021-05-25T17:38:20+00:00

Who Are You Sending to the Oral Board?

2021-06-07T16:57:16+00:00

Who Are You Sending to the Oral Board? I can't think of anything more disappointing than to spend lots of time, money, and effort to get your oral board presentation memorized, only to find out that you sound just like the person who interviewed before you. From an interviewer's perspective, there is nothing worse than sitting in a room and listening to person after person come in, sit down, and repeat the same thing the person before them said. In places where the aspiring firefighter candidates went to the same academy, volunteered in the same department, and prepared together, this [...]

Who Are You Sending to the Oral Board?2021-06-07T16:57:16+00:00

Nailing Your Oral Interview

2021-06-07T21:54:01+00:00

Many of our candidates are going for their Oral Boards. For some, this is their first oral. And some scored high enough to get a background packet. This puts applicants in the hiring process. At first, their buddies with far more credentials didn't believe them. Then, they were angry because it wasn't them going forward.  Here are some thoughts.  A candidate wrote to me and told me he had passed his first oral ever and had received his background packet. He couldn't believe it. He managed to make it happen with only three weeks to prepare after receiving our eatstress.com [...]

Nailing Your Oral Interview2021-06-07T21:54:01+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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