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Who Are You Sending to the Oral Board?

2020-12-11T17:39:48+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?2020-12-11T17:39:48+00:00

Nailing Your Oral Interview

2020-12-11T17:23:29+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 Interview2020-12-11T17:23:29+00:00

The Hiring Process

2020-10-29T16:59:44+00:00

The Hiring Process When the scores start coming, I start getting phone calls. I am referring to a testing cycle in LA. Many of our candidates nailed the top three slots to go on in the process. For many, this is their first time in the "Hiring Process". And, after we congratulate our candidates, we tell them to BUCKLE UP! They have already heard the rumors. Often, they are freaked out. As with many tests, there is probably going to be a chief’s oral. They think they have to reinvent themselves to get ready. Here’s my advice to these folks: [...]

The Hiring Process2020-10-29T16:59:44+00:00

No Preambles – EVER! 

2020-08-21T14:03:42+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! 2020-08-21T14:03:42+00:00

What Do I Wear To A Lateral Interview?

2020-08-21T14:05:14+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?2020-08-21T14:05:14+00:00

The Best Oral Board Secrets Revealed!

2020-08-21T14:05:25+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!2020-08-21T14:05:25+00:00

Applying For A Lateral Position

2020-08-21T14:05:37+00:00

Applying For A Lateral Position The biggest problem when seasoned veterans take entry-level or lateral tests is that they can’t place themselves in the position of being a snotty-nosed rookie. It’s hard for them to remember what it was like to be the newbie. Instead, they try to hammer the Oral Board with their credentials. They think the Board will just hand them the job. But, the truth is that their Oral Board skills are rusty and antiquated. They are out of sync with what is needed. Here is our advice: Leave your time and rank in your locker. You [...]

Applying For A Lateral Position2020-08-21T14:05:37+00:00

A One-Page Resumé

2020-05-28T21:14:40+00:00

A One Page Resume A resume. Yes, you need one. It is pretty much mandatory for any job you would ever want. But, here is the trick – KISS. You have heard that before. It means, Keep It Short and Sweet. When you put your thoughts together for your resume, write it believing the raters won’t go past the first page. I am telling you the truth here. Be concise. Be direct. Be factual. You can put any supporting details, documents, certificates, and if it will help you sleep better, any letters of recommendation following the first page. But, note that [...]

A One-Page Resumé2020-05-28T21:14:40+00:00

Do I Need a Letter of Recommendation?

2020-05-28T20:29:33+00:00

Do I Need a Letter of Recommendation? If just one thing is true, it is this. The ORAL is unlike any interview you have ever experienced. I am telling you the hard, cold facts when I tell you this. A letter of recommendation as it applies to the interview process is just one area where the difference is obvious. You may think it will help to have letters of recommendation from prominent people, such as a former Police Chief, Priest, or other firemen in the area. You may feel this is a HOOK and that it will carry weight. But, [...]

Do I Need a Letter of Recommendation?2020-05-28T20:29:33+00:00

The Unique Oral Board

2020-05-29T14:35:18+00:00

The Unique Oral Board For many people, job interviews can be tough. Whether a seasoned corporate worker bee looking for something new, or a kid fresh out of school, interviews can be very tricky. This truism applies to applicants working to earn their badge. Let me explain what I mean. First and foremost, the corporate interview is very different than the interviews you will experience as you work towards your Firefighter’s badge. And, as a matter of fact, many with loads of interview experience in the corporate world are stunned and baffled that they don't have high scores on their [...]

The Unique Oral Board2020-05-29T14:35:18+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...
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...
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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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