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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

Applying For A Lateral Position

2020-05-28T18:50:13+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 Position2020-05-28T18:50:13+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

A Seat at the Table

2020-05-29T15:05:43+00:00

A Seat At The Table In my 40 plus years in fire service, I have seen this as a constant question. And, a great question. WHO GET A BADGE? WHO GETS A SEAT AT THE TABLE? Let me tell you the cold, hard truth right here and right now. Getting this job has nothing to do with how great a firefighter you are. It has nothing to do with how great a firefighter you could be. It has everything to do with how ell you take the tests. Believe it or not, this is the truth. Is this right? Is [...]

A Seat at the Table2020-05-29T15:05:43+00:00

Remember – It’s for the Experience

2020-05-29T16:32:35+00:00

Remember - It’s for the Experience Every day, those of us at eatstress.com have the chance to change lives. And, to be completely honest, my son, Rob, and I are very grateful. It is an incredible feeling to be able to help so many live their dream. Here's another situation I would like to share. In doing so, I hope I encourage you to see your own struggles are not insurmountable. If you have the desire to be a firefighter, we can help you live your dream. Meet Dave. I encouraged Dave to test anywhere he could. This would give him practice [...]

Remember – It’s for the Experience2020-05-29T16:32:35+00:00

The Possibilities Are There – If You Are Willing

2020-04-15T04:01:58+00:00

The Possibilities Are There – If You Are Willing All too often, we hear candidates say they only want to work for a particular department or in a certain area like their hometown. And, when they test outside their area of interest, they are adamant that they would never work there if offered a job. Volunteers hang their hopes on one day being a paid member of their department.  They hang on so long that with these coastal or central valley departments, that they miss great opportunities. Before they realize it, they are too old, don't have the exposure, or education. And, their department [...]

The Possibilities Are There – If You Are Willing2020-04-15T04:01:58+00:00

It Can Happen F-a-s-t

2020-03-07T00:23:27+00:00

This is How Fast It Can Happen Things can happen fast. Let’s follow this recent candidate over a 2-week period to understand how fast. And, by the way - this candidate had never been to an Oral interview and was a non-medic testing against medics. Here is Pat’s story. From Pat: Hi Captain Bob: I just took my first interview with a multi-agency test after going through your audio/video program and coaching with your son, Captain Rob. I'm concerned. I was out of the interview after about 12 to 15 minutes for a scheduled 30-minute interview. I'm concerned something went [...]

It Can Happen F-a-s-t2020-03-07T00:23:27+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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