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    Taking a fireteam video test tomorrow for a local department I'd really love to work for. I've done the practice test and studied it very well as well as caught up on some reading from study material for written exams. Anyone have any other tips they'd recommend to get the best possible score? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vadim View Post
    Taking a fireteam video test tomorrow for a local department I'd really love to work for. I've done the practice test and studied it very well as well as caught up on some reading from study material for written exams. Anyone have any other tips they'd recommend to get the best possible score? Thanks!
    Really focus and pay attention to the brick factory scenarios (Mechanical portion of the test). And answer the HR questions honestly, the math portion is very basic, good luck!
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    Many agencies are being convinced to use the new type of video testing because they can test large groups at once at a lower cost and eliminate candidates with psychological video scenarios.

    Candidates who have have trouble with the FireTeam Testing video found that on the difficult questions if they went to their feminine side they answered better. Isn't that precious?

    A candidate had a chance to talk to an employee at Ergonomics who put together the FireTeam Testing Video. He said, “We’re not to out think you. Forget everything you know. Clear your mind and go with your gut feeling for your answer.

    This from a candidate who paid to test drive the video testing:

    I went to the website www.fireteamtest.com and paid a fee to take the practice test. The test takes 30 to 45 minutes so unplug your phone and listen to the instructions VERY carefully, my phone rang while I was watching the video and missed an important part. DON'T answer the situational questions the way you think the "test writers" want you to, answer thinking about the big picture and what is right for everyone, being a kiss-up will not get you a 100% on this test. I know; I got kinda toady on one question and got slammed. So much for my 100%

    It seemed like for each question the four answers fell into these categories:
    Correct
    Semi-Correct
    Neutral
    Wrong

    Of course if you sit there and try to figure out which ones fall into each category you will fall behind and start screwing up.

    Check it out at www.fireteamtest.com
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    Go to their site and pay for the pratice test.

    Other wise, just be yourself. I personally wont give you any advice only because of the agreement that you sign before hand has to stand for something.
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    Thanks for the help guys. Took the test this morning and felt like I did fairly well. The mechanical, reading, and math were very easy. The human relations had a few scenarios that made me think but overall it wasn't too bad. I think the more difficult part of the HR questions was figuring out the worst answer.

    Well I should see my result in a couple days and I'll post how I did.

    Gocougs, I see you are from Portland OR as well. Are you testing for TVF&R?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vadim View Post
    Thanks for the help guys. Took the test this morning and felt like I did fairly well. The mechanical, reading, and math were very easy. The human relations had a few scenarios that made me think but overall it wasn't too bad. I think the more difficult part of the HR questions was figuring out the worst answer.

    Well I should see my result in a couple days and I'll post how I did.

    Gocougs, I see you are from Portland OR as well. Are you testing for TVF&R?
    Any idea when TVF&R will be hiring from this new list? Is sounds like all the hiring they are doing for the spring academy is from the list that expired on March 12.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lwright82 View Post
    Any idea when TVF&R will be hiring from this new list? Is sounds like all the hiring they are doing for the spring academy is from the list that expired on March 12.
    I believe they received the SAFER grant and are recruited from the old list for that. The next academy from the current list probably won't be untill fall or next spring I would think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vadim View Post
    Thanks for the help guys. Took the test this morning and felt like I did fairly well. The mechanical, reading, and math were very easy. The human relations had a few scenarios that made me think but overall it wasn't too bad. I think the more difficult part of the HR questions was figuring out the worst answer.

    Well I should see my result in a couple days and I'll post how I did.

    Gocougs, I see you are from Portland OR as well. Are you testing for TVF&R?
    How did you do? Do you have the results yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lwright82 View Post
    How did you do? Do you have the results yet?
    I had the results immediately after I finished the test, although maybe that depends on the testing agency. I went through national testing network.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vadim View Post
    Gocougs, I see you are from Portland OR as well. Are you testing for TVF&R?
    I am currently in their process for the next academy right now. I did take the written again, before my interview. I didn't want to miss an opportunity if I wasn't successful with my interview.

    I ended up passing, but will keeps these scores just in case.

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    For some reason I am not scoring high enough on the HR portion. Here is an example: If their is a person that you would not get along with in reality, would you want to say NO I would not get along with this person. I have heard that if you say YES, you would most likely end up with a lower score because in reality this is a person that you would not get along with. Any comments.

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    I am not the Fireteam police, but you are walking a fine line asking about the test. First I am not a supporter of the test. The thirty-nine dimensions of compatibility eHarmony style of test taking is snake oil that is being peddled to departments. You sign a non-disclosure paper that says you will not talk about the test. This leaves all the honest test takers in the lurch because people who are dishonest can work together to crack the test. Guess what? The dishonest guys are talking about the test. Any test no matter how hard they try to protect it from corruption has people trying to cheat it. This is not based on any fact, only on wild speculation of human behavior.
    I will not answer your question directly. I will only discuss the general idea of job related conflict. First, I think conflict arises in the fire house from four basic points.
    1) Lack of work ethic
    2) Misunderstanding/Miscommunication
    3) A blatant agitator
    4) Any combination of the three above
    5) (People reading this) If you have more to add to the list, please do.
    A buddy of mine that works at Rescue 2 in @#$& asked me this question, “Would you rather work with someone you like or someone that did the job well?” His answer was: “I am not here to make friends. I am here to work and get a job done.” I agree. It takes more balls to take action/ do the right thing. Is easier to not deal with it? This is what the other guys are saying: I do not want to get involved. It is not my problem. Someone else will take care of this. One day it will catch up to him.
    I hope this provoked some thought and helped.

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    You've done pretty much all you can do at this point to prepare for this test. Now it just comes down to drilling, drilling, drilling. Maybe try some other practice exams (you can find a huge variety of firefighter books at http://www.fireservicebooks.com). Other than that, just remember to not over-think your answers, and if there are video scenarios be sure to listen VERY carefully.. it's easy to miss things as they move very quickly.

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    I have given a few people that could not get past the H.R. section after a few tries this advise, "If you get down to two answers, can't figure out which is right, pick the one that has the most to do with team work, or which one would a "chick" pick." I have heard it helped.
    Stupid test!!

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