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    Quote Originally Posted by Patchmedic View Post
    The first background check is just a "wants & warrants" which means they just take a quick look to see if you are wanted anywhere or if you have any warrants on you. The second is the big one that is when they check out everything speak to references etc...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Patchmedic View Post
    The first background check is just a "wants & warrants" which means they just take a quick look to see if you are wanted anywhere or if you have any warrants on you. The second is the big one that is when they check out everything speak to references etc...
    Since the City of Tampa Fire Dept. recieved approval for the grant to hire 36 new FF, does anybody know how many people are being called for their 2nd background check, polygraph tesing, medical evaluation, etc... Roughly?

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    Six of those grant positions will be starting 8/3 then we will have a couple other classes starting by Oct. 2 and each class will have 15 in it. We will be hiring close to 60 for the year. Another P.A.T test will be held later this month. We are getting a lot of apps. only the cream of the crop is going to make it to the Chief interview. The last P.A.T test we had close to 300 test out of that close to 100 were able to get to the panel interview after that the chief interview had around 30 possible candidates he rates them and picks a few extra in case they fail the big background check. There are literally hundreds of apps. in the personnel office so have some patience and good luck.

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    Thanks for the info Patch!!
    This is good stuff.

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    When i dropped of my original application "a person" told me that there were over 500 apps to take the last PAT in may but only 300 ppl did take it ... there were about 30-50 ppl during my time taking the PAT in june and prolly just as many the day before and day after.

    I received a background packet that was due by July 2nd or so. Haven't heard anything yet.

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    thanks Patch

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    Nope, Still waiting for the call to schedule the polygraph test... Have you recieved a call regarding your 2nd background checK?
    Yes, I received a call about a week ago regarding a 2nd background check. I am not sure how long the background check takes. I am hoping that I receive a call next week. I will definitely keep you informed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patchmedic View Post
    Six of those grant positions will be starting 8/3 then we will have a couple other classes starting by Oct. 2 and each class will have 15 in it. We will be hiring close to 60 for the year. Another P.A.T test will be held later this month. We are getting a lot of apps. only the cream of the crop is going to make it to the Chief interview. The last P.A.T test we had close to 300 test out of that close to 100 were able to get to the panel interview after that the chief interview had around 30 possible candidates he rates them and picks a few extra in case they fail the big background check. There are literally hundreds of apps. in the personnel office so have some patience and good luck.
    Why only six starting on 8/3? Also, Is it possible for me to be apart of the 6 not having my polygraph yet? I know this might sound crazy, but I am just a little anxious.

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    hey guys, how is is the panel interview? What kinds of questions do they ask you? just a basic run down would be nice. I'm sure its just a standard interview, but im just curious. thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cshipp123 View Post
    Why only six starting on 8/3? Also, Is it possible for me to be apart of the 6 not having my polygraph yet? I know this might sound crazy, but I am just a little anxious.
    Keep us posted. Im in the same boat as you (waiting on call for poly) and I too am anxious. I'll let you know what happens over on my side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VESmedic View Post
    hey guys, how is is the panel interview? What kinds of questions do they ask you? just a basic run down would be nice. I'm sure its just a standard interview, but im just curious. thanks!
    Hello can anyone please answer this question? I too am currently scheduled for a panel interview and am curious to know what to expect.

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    can someone please answer my question about the panel interview? thanks!

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    Wear a suit with a tie. Hand shakes at beginning and end of interview. Be truthful and at all times look them straight in the eyes dont even glance away when thinking about an answer. The questions are basic they are looking to see if you would question a company officer and other stuff like that. Make sure you know something about the Dept. how many stations,how many calls, the port,highrise etc... Remember first and foremost there are a lot of people looking for work you were lucky enough to get to this point the last thing you need is the slightest bit of attitude and you wont see the next interview. The panel is very diverse and of all ranks throughout the Dept. They are some of the best F/F and Paramedics on the job and looks may be deceiving. I almost forgot no facial hair a very neat and trimmed moustache is ok but thats it keep those sideburns short. Last but not least if you do get hired be very involved with off duty events and the Union this will be your career you better make the most of it because nobody owes you a thing you have to earn it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patchmedic View Post
    Wear a suit with a tie. Hand shakes at beginning and end of interview. Be truthful and at all times look them straight in the eyes dont even glance away when thinking about an answer. The questions are basic they are looking to see if you would question a company officer and other stuff like that. Make sure you know something about the Dept. how many stations,how many calls, the port,highrise etc... Remember first and foremost there are a lot of people looking for work you were lucky enough to get to this point the last thing you need is the slightest bit of attitude and you wont see the next interview. The panel is very diverse and of all ranks throughout the Dept. They are some of the best F/F and Paramedics on the job and looks may be deceiving. I almost forgot no facial hair a very neat and trimmed moustache is ok but thats it keep those sideburns short. Last but not least if you do get hired be very involved with off duty events and the Union this will be your career you better make the most of it because nobody owes you a thing you have to earn it

    Thanks patch I appeciate it! Anyone else?

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    Letters of recommendation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FFPotenziano View Post
    Letters of recommendation.
    FFpotenziano, do you suggest bringing letters of reccomendation to the panel interview?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VESmedic View Post
    FFpotenziano, do you suggest bringing letters of reccomendation to the panel interview?
    Sure, present it in a folder. The same as a resume'.

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    Keep us posted. Im in the same boat as you (waiting on call for poly) and I too am anxious. I'll let you know what happens over on my side.
    I just wanted to let you know that I received the call From TPD about the polygraph. I am scheduled to take it in about 2 weeks. So, the background check took about 3 -4 weeks. Let me know if you heard anything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cshipp123 View Post
    I just wanted to let you know that I received the call From TPD about the polygraph. I am scheduled to take it in about 2 weeks. So, the background check took about 3 -4 weeks. Let me know if you heard anything!
    I too got the call to take the poly next week. Can anyone tell me how it goes? Do they refer to questions from your application or is there a questionaire that you fill out that same day? any answer would be extremely appreciated . Thanks ! Good luck

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    Ok, I have my panel interview this week...So, how long is between panel, chief interview, 2nd background check, and poly? I could be wrong, but it seems they are speeding up the process a bit, because it seems they are going to hire soon...any help is appreciated, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cshipp123 View Post
    I just wanted to let you know that I received the call From TPD about the polygraph. I am scheduled to take it in about 2 weeks. So, the background check took about 3 -4 weeks. Let me know if you heard anything!

    I got the call too. in 2 weeks I take mine.

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    Can anyone tell me how the polygraph goes? Do they refer to questions from your application or is there a questionaire that you fill out that same day? any answer would be extremely appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by VESmedic View Post
    Ok, I have my panel interview this week...So, how long is between panel, chief interview, 2nd background check, and poly? I could be wrong, but it seems they are speeding up the process a bit, because it seems they are going to hire soon...any help is appreciated, thanks!

    I had my chiefs interview back in Dec of 2008, so it took about 6 months for them to respond with the 2nd background check. I waited about 1 month after that for them to schedule me for my poly. So about 7 months after the Chiefs interview.

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    It is good to see that Tampa is hiring, but I wondering when Hillsborough County might be hiring?

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    I also had my cheif interview but have not heard on the poly. Does anyone know the numbers that are going through this poly test? Is it the 36 discussed earlier or will they be breaking those up since 36 in hard to put through the class?

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