Always allow plenty of time to get to your interview even if you have to arrive the day before. Talked to a candidate who left two hours before (usually a 45 minute drive) his interview and was caught in snarled traffic because of bad weather. He was only half way there by the time of his oral. Instead of considering if he had problems so were other candidates and they would probably accommodate him he turned around and went back home.
Another candidate was on his way to Denver from North Carolina for his oral board. When he went to change planes in Chicago found out the flight had been cancelled because of bad weather. He called in a panic. Scene two we had him call Denver dispatch to find out there were other candidates who were delayed by bad weather too. They worked these candidates into their orals once they arrived.
From Seattle area: One question however, I have a few accomplishments that look really good on paper, but it seems like every time I say them in my tape recorder or in practice with my fiance they sound like I am bragging. Where can I fit these in, or should I at all.
High School Valedictorian
Full Ride academic scholarship to college
Academy - Most Inspirational
Academy - Most Inspirational, Top Recruit, Most Fit
Yada, yada, yada
Like I said I am not telling you these to brag, but I do think they say something about my work ethic and willingness to work with, and help others.
Reply: The reason they sound like you're bragging is you are bragging.
I know you want to drop those in but what would you think as a panel member hearing these rants of accolades? When I hear a candidate continue to boast like this I think teachers pet, can I do the erasers, kiss ass, yada, yada, yada, etc.
Yea, you can use one of these accolades but don't go to overkill.
When this candidate was asked if he had any questions for the panel he would reply, do you see any reason why I shouldn't get this job, (because a firefighter friend told him to say that)? Everyone becomes an expert when they get hired you know. This did not play well on the other side of the panel. This was one of many things this candidate was doing wrong after 10 years of testing. Read how he turned it around here.
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