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Improving Poor Oral Board Skills

2021-03-23T03:13:59+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 Skills2021-03-23T03:13:59+00:00

The Number One Problem in Getting Hired

2021-02-11T16:28:35+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 Hired2021-02-11T16:28:35+00:00

NO! You Are Not Ready!

2021-01-25T21:13:38+00:00

NO! You Are Not Ready! Read my lips – or these words. No matter what you think or no matter how much you have been down this road before, you must accept one cold fact. You are not ready for the firefighter testing process that is required of all firefighter candidates. How do I know? Trust me. After 40 plus years in Fire Service and working with firefighter candidates to help them get the badge, I know a thing or two. Yes, I know your story. I have heard it before. I understand that you have been traveling all over [...]

NO! You Are Not Ready!2021-01-25T21:13:38+00:00

Nailing Your Oral Interview

2021-01-25T20:32:47+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 Interview2021-01-25T20:32:47+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

The Curve Ball Question

2020-03-07T00:04:38+00:00

The Curve Ball Question Because I interact with many who use our eatstress.com program, I received this email: Captain Bob, I have been a volunteer firefighter for 3 years now. I only began seeking employment as a career firefighter 1 year ago so that I could finish my bachelor’s degree.  I have never had any problem passing written and physical exams but am getting eliminated after oral boards.   I am at a loss of what to do here. I feel that when I walk into the room, I am well prepared for my interview. Just recently though, I was thrown for a loop [...]

The Curve Ball Question2020-03-07T00:04:38+00:00

Run Like Hell…

2020-03-07T00:33:35+00:00

Run Like Hell! You are interested in a career in the fire service. The jobs are out there. And, as a matter of fact, we’ve all heard the stories about people looking for fire service jobs even though they feared something from their past would stop them from earning the badge. It might be something big or small holding you back. Let’s take a closer look at how your past can affect your future. Here’s the cold, hard truth. Nothing will get you kicked out of the background check faster than a D.U.I or a domestic violence charge. Both usually [...]

Run Like Hell…2020-03-07T00:33:35+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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