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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

Don’t Open a Can of Worms

2020-10-29T15:36:30+00:00

Don’t Open a Can of Worms. I can't believe what many candidates reveal! Candidates often call me after going to an oral board, doing background checks, or psychological interviews. They are concerned by some information they have given. Often it is related to something from their past. My first question is who besides you knows this? Who could they contact that could tell them this information? The usual answer is no one. And, this is my point. Why do so many candidates create a trail that could open a can of worms and keep them from getting the job of [...]

Don’t Open a Can of Worms2020-10-29T15:36:30+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 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

The Possibilities Are There – If You Are Willing

2020-09-16T14:47:29+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 Willing2020-09-16T14:47:29+00:00

Dreams Do Come True – When Prepared

2020-05-29T16:56:53+00:00

Dreams Do Come True – When Prepared Having over 40 plus years in fire service, I can brag and tell you that I know a thing or two. I hear from candidates every day about their struggles and difficulties scoring high enough to get the job done. With our program, we work to help them discover what is holding them back and what needs to be overcome in order to get them the badge. One candidate emailed me the following: I didn't realize how incredibly dead in the water I was. You see, I thought my answers to the oral [...]

Dreams Do Come True – When Prepared2020-05-29T16:56:53+00:00
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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2018-04-22T16:44:54+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...
Becoming a Firefighter
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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...
Becoming a Firefighter
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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...
Becoming a Firefighter
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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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