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    Does anyone have any insight or advice on this particular question? Iíve had it asked a couple of times now and Iíve been honest but I donít know what the departments are looking for with this question.

    Are you on any other hiring lists?

    Thanks!

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    Here are the issues that you want to think about. If you are on another list, you are a more desirable candidate. Itís kind of like when you are a single guy and cannot get a date to save your life. The minute you have a girlfriend, every girl at the party checks you out.

    If you are not on any other lists, the feeling is that you are not a ďdesirableĒ candidate.

    Here is the best answer in my mind:
    Yes, I am on these eligibility lists_______. This is my dream department. Here is why (fill in the blanks)

    Paul Lepore
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    If you say you aren't and they somehow already know you are, that would be very bad.

    It's also something you'll likely have to disclose in your background investigation. There was a question in my packet about that. If they catch you in a lie, you get voted off the island. I wouldn't worry too much about saying yes if you are on another list. They know the guys that are doing well in interviews are probably hitting other departments too. As mentioned, just be honest and make sure the panel knows you're very serious about working for their department. They will respect that.

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    Thanks for the feedback. I think both of those responses are in line with my thinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhigens View Post
    Does anyone have any insight or advice on this particular question? Iíve had it asked a couple of times now and Iíve been honest but I donít know what the departments are looking for with this question.

    Are you on any other hiring lists?

    Thanks!
    The Golden answer to any question at an oral board is the truth.

    I have been on oral boards for many years. Your non-verbal body responses to questions are being evaluated just as much as what you say.

    If you are asked "Are you on any other hiring lists" Your answer should be yes or no. If they ask a follow-up question such as which one's tell them the truth.

    Here is another trap question you may get asked.

    Have you ever lied to a supervisor?

    Have you ever stolen anything?

    My answer to both questions is yes.

    When fire is cried and danger is neigh,
    "God and the firemen" is the people's cry;
    But when 'tis out and all things righted,
    God is forgotten and the firemen slighted.
    ~Author unknown, from The Fireman's Journal, 18 Oct 1879

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCLepore View Post
    Here are the issues that you want to think about. If you are on another list, you are a more desirable candidate. Itís kind of like when you are a single guy and cannot get a date to save your life. The minute you have a girlfriend, every girl at the party checks you out.

    If you are not on any other lists, the feeling is that you are not a ďdesirableĒ candidate.

    Here is the best answer in my mind:
    Yes, I am on these eligibility lists_______. This is my dream department. Here is why (fill in the blanks)

    Paul Lepore
    Battalion Chief
    www.aspiringfirefighters.com

    ^ There's the best response.

    Just be honest, but don't just leave it at that...show them WHY you are on those lists and WHY you should be on THEIRS and what you like about THEIR dept. In an oral board...it's all about YOU and THEM.

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