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 through your audio/video program and coaching with your son, Rob. I’m concerned because I was out of the interview between 12 and 15 minutes when the allotted time was 30 minutes. I am concerned that something went wrong. I have my next interview next week. – Pat

Here is my reply:

Pat, It’s been our experience that candidates like you who have been through our program and come out of the interview quickly have usually nailed it! It will certainly smooth things out for your interview next week. – Captain Bob

Pat’s reply:

Hi Captain Bob, I just had my second Oral Board with a multi-agency Fire. I felt connected with the Board which was a good feeling when I walk out of the interview. I looked at the other candidates and they looked scared. I walked out of there feeling like I nailed it. This was a good feeling. I just want to thank you and Rob. Captain Bob, you are a wealth of knowledge. Call me if you want to know more about the interview. – Pat

Another reply from me:

Pat, This sounds awesome. Keep us informed. – Captain Bob

And just like that, I received this email from Pat. Keep following the bouncing ball.

Hi Capt. Bob. I just got a call from the city where I had my first oral, and I’m going to the Chief’s Interview on Monday. I just want to let you know how much I appreciate the help you and Rob gave me. I could not have done this on my own. I was wondering if I could call you this weekend so I can get more information on the questions they might ask? Thanks, Captain Bob! You are a Champion. – Pat

My Reply:

Pat, You’re riding the winning pony. Don’t change a thing. Ride her home for the Badge! Let us know when it happens.

An update on firefighter candidate Pat:

Hi Captain Bob, I just want to keep you and Rob informed. I just got a call from my second Fire Oral. I’m going to their Chief’s Oral next Monday. You and Rob have helped me a lot. – Pat

This is where I will mention that a firefighter candidate, Pat, has been to his first two oral interviews in the last two weeks. To do that, he must have blown the doors off the oral boards of both. Let me also clarify with this – He’s going to the chief’s interviews on both; a non-medic testing against medics. Moral of the story – being prepared matters. “Nothing counts ’til you have the badge . . . Nothing!” Ask Pat.

Captain Bob