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    I saw that too. Listen guys, don't worry about the personality section. The idea is to be honest, and to not take yourself too seriously about your health or about life in general. Don't portray yourself as someone who worries about either of these things.

    A statement like "I worry about life because at any moment, danger can be around the corner"

    You have to ask yourself this:

    Does this statement apply to me in everyday life? For me personally, absolutely not.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelo_D View Post
    I saw that too. Listen guys, don't worry about the personality section. The idea is to be honest, and to not take yourself too seriously about your health or about life in general. Don't portray yourself as someone who worries about either of these things.

    A statement like "I worry about life because at any moment, danger can be around the corner"

    You have to ask yourself this:

    Does this statement apply to me in everyday life? For me personally, absolutely not.
    I think everyone's biggest issue isn't so much if you agree or disagree but if it should be say disagree or strongly disagree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomFromQueens View Post
    I think everyone's biggest issue isn't so much if you agree or disagree but if it should be say disagree or strongly disagree.
    Yeah that's very true. I guess if a statement contains words like "generally, tends, usually", you're more apt to say STRONGLY agree/disagree

    If the statement is an absolute, like "never, all the time, always, impossible, eliminates, etc.", you would lean more towards agree/disagree

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelo_D View Post
    Yeah that's very true. I guess if a statement contains words like "generally, tends, usually", you're more apt to say STRONGLY agree/disagree

    If the statement is an absolute, like "never, all the time, always, impossible, eliminates, etc.", you would lean more towards agree/disagree
    For the most the part it's only a few questions where the Strongly Agree/Agree stuff is a question. Something like I would never steal from an employer is an easy Strongly Agree but those I'm always happy type questions make me a little nervous. I'm leaning towards disagree over strongly but I'm still nervous about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelo_D View Post
    Yeah that's very true. I guess if a statement contains words like "generally, tends, usually", you're more apt to say STRONGLY agree/disagree

    If the statement is an absolute, like "never, all the time, always, impossible, eliminates, etc.", you would lean more towards agree/disagree

    I thought it was the other way around...if the statement was either extreme "always", or "never" then you go with "STRONGLY". If the statement isn't as rigid, "generally" "usually" then you go agree/disagree??


    ...not talking about drugs,stealing, etc we know that answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomFromQueens View Post
    For the most the part it's only a few questions where the Strongly Agree/Agree stuff is a question. Something like I would never steal from an employer is an easy Strongly Agree but those I'm always happy type questions make me a little nervous. I'm leaning towards disagree over strongly but I'm still nervous about it.
    Yeah it depends on the question.

    The "I'm always happy" statment is a tough one.

    If you say STRONGLY AGREE, that means that you are always happy, 100% of the time, under all circumstances, every single day, which is obviously false. AGREE is saying that yes for the most part you are always happy, but not ALL the time.

    STRONGLY DISAGREE is kind of like saying not only am I not happy all the time, but I'm actually unhappy all of the time. It's a direct contradiction to the statement.

    DISAGREE is saying that no I'm not happy all of the time, but some of the time I am.

    This is just how I'm interpreting it. Not fact, just my opinion.

    Safe play is either AGREE or DISAGREE. I would say AGREE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HopefulFF View Post
    I thought it was the other way around...if the statement was either extreme "always", or "never" then you go with "STRONGLY". If the statement isn't as rigid, "generally" "usually" then you go agree/disagree??


    ...not talking about drugs,stealing, etc we know that answer.
    Yeah, see the more I think about it, the more I realize that there's no definitive guide to go by when answering these. A good chunk of the statements are no brainers, some of them you have to think of it like "How would the FDNY want me to answer it?" What is the best answer that they are looking for?

    A statement like "Generally speaking I am a happy person". To that you'd say STRONGLY AGREE.

    "For the most part I am an honest person" = STRONGLY AGREE

    I am fairly organized = STRONGLY AGREE

    You have to get a feel for what they are asking and to try to figure out the psychology behind it.


    There are 2 statements that I still cannot figure out the best answer for, maybe you guys can give insight.

    1- I enjoy daily routines.
    2- I'd rather work for a structured organization than an unstructured one.
    Last edited by Angelo_D; 03-15-2012 at 03:57 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelo_D View Post
    Yeah, see the more I think about it, the more I realize that there's no definitive guide to go by when answering these. A good chunk of the statements are no brainers, some of them you have to think of it like "How would the FDNY want me to answer it?" What is the best answer that they are looking for?

    A statement like "Generally speaking I am a happy person". To that you'd say STRONGLY AGREE.

    "For the most part I am an honest person" = STRONGLY AGREE

    I am fairly organized = STRONGLY AGREE

    You have to get a feel for what they are asking and to try to figure out the psychology behind it.


    There are 2 statements that I still cannot figure out the best answer for, maybe you guys can give insight.

    1- I enjoy daily routines.
    2- I'd rather work for a structured organization than an unstructured one.
    I would go strongly agree for both.

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    http://www.streetdirectory.com/trave...lity_test.html

    YOU NEED TO KNOW HOW YOUR ANSWERS WILL BE INTERPRETED BY EMPLOYERS!

    How would you answer the most common question?

    "I have never told a lie."

    No one could ever make this claim while being honest. Not Abe Lincoln, not George Washington. So when you come across this question, you'll have five answers to choose from:

    1. Strongly Agree
    2. Agree
    3. Neutral
    4. Disagree
    5. Strongly Disagree

    If you answer #1 or #2, you're going to set off some red flags. In fact, you'll probably set off some fireworks. Your best answer is #4: "Disagree."

    Ironically, this will tell the employer that you're actually a very honest person for answering the question truthfully.

    What you need to do is prepare, and study, and understand the psychology behind these tests.

    So why are so many employers using these tests today? The answer is simple.

    Corporate use of the pre-employment screening test has increased 300% in the last five years alone because of complex computer modeling that employs powerful mathematical algorithms, making the results far more accurate than ever before.

    Another reason employers love these tests are simply because there is nothing else out there to evaluate you with. Your previous employer will refrain from saying anything negative about you because they may risk litigation. So today, your previous employer(s) will only confirm your dates of employment.

    You may be asking yourself "Is it ethical to learn how to take these tests?" Absolutely. People will tell you "just answer the questions honestly." But you're only human. If you're taking a test for a job that can really advance your career, you can't help but be a little apprehensive when you take the test.
    So what's the next step? That's easy. Let's take a further look at some example questions, and examine exactly how your answers will be interpreted.

    Let's begin by putting our questions into segments. For demonstration purposes, let's assume the segment is "reliability." Here are some questions from this area:

    How thorough are you?

    Will you complete assignments?

    Are you the type of employee who always arrives on time?

    These are some questions the employer will have about you.

    Don't be surprised to see questions like this:

    "Work is the most important thing in my life."

    How should you answer? Put yourself in the employer's shoes. They have objectives to meet, and are looking for employees that are dedicated. They want to know that you'll be perfectly willing to go the extra mile. They don't want someone who puts their hobby, kids, housework, or pets at the same priority level.

    So absolutely select "agree" or "strongly agree" as the answer to this question.

    Here's another question:

    "I would be interested in learning how people handle stress at work."


    This is a trick question. Agree and you could be saying that you can't handle stress. Disagree, and you might think you could be admitting that you don't like to learn new things. In this case, the best choice is actually "neutral."

    This means you're it's not an important issue to you. So while you might glance at an article about stress, you don't seek out therapies, books, alcohol, etc. as a way to relieve stress.

    Almost all employee experience tension at work. Employers want to know that you won't have extreme reactions like yelling or screaming and that the tension won't affect your health and make you seek medical or psychological assistance.

    Like any other part of the job search process, you need to do your homework. You've already selected a conservative but sharp outfit to wear during your interviews. You've spent hours and hours reading about interview questions. You know what questions to expect, and how to respond.
    Your resume is honed and polished, and it highlights all of your accomplishments beautifully.

    So why risk losing the job on the personality profile test results?

    You don't have to. Do your research on personality test questions, and in no time you'll know exactly how to respond.

    For more information go to http://www.personalitytestinc.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelo_D View Post
    Yeah, see the more I think about it, the more I realize that there's no definitive guide to go by when answering these. A good chunk of the statements are no brainers, some of them you have to think of it like "How would the FDNY want me to answer it?" What is the best answer that they are looking for?

    A statement like "Generally speaking I am a happy person". To that you'd say STRONGLY AGREE.

    "For the most part I am an honest person" = STRONGLY AGREE

    I am fairly organized = STRONGLY AGREE

    You have to get a feel for what they are asking and to try to figure out the psychology behind it.


    There are 2 statements that I still cannot figure out the best answer for, maybe you guys can give insight.

    1- I enjoy daily routines.
    2- I'd rather work for a structured organization than an unstructured one.

    1- disagree (FFs jobs are not very routine)
    2- strongly agree (FDNY is paramilitary)

    That's how I look at those Q's.



    interesting article enwhycee1. These questions are such a wild card

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    tom i thought the same thing but then i figure it says that you should consult a doctor if you have more than 3 alcoholic drinks, not that you shoudnt take the medicine

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    I feel like everyone needs to stop over thinking these personality questions. Answer them honestly and that's all you need to do. A common thing on questions like this is that they will ask the same question multiple times with different wording. If you're worried about what they want to be the correct answer, you will trip yourself up.

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    To be eligible for the residency credit, a candidate must achieve a passing score on the examination, and must produce proof, as listed below, of the candidateís continuous residency in New York City from July 1, 2010 through June 30,2011.

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    what do you guys think about the "I like daily routines" Q? I said I'd say disagree bc a FFs job isn't very routine but am interested in hearing other peoples opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HopefulFF View Post
    what do you guys think about the "I like daily routines" Q? I said I'd say disagree bc a FFs job isn't very routine but am interested in hearing other peoples opinion.
    I would say Disagree, also because you do something every different everyday. But could also see Agree because every morning you'll do the same things i.e., equipment checks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zachryw2001 View Post
    I would say Disagree, also because you do something every different everyday. But could also see Agree because every morning you'll do the same things i.e., equipment checks.

    That's why these questions are awful. Are they asking if you are a structured individual? Are they asking if you can handle having to run out the door in an instant? I still don't understand how they can expect you to answer a Q when you aren't sure of what they're asking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HopefulFF View Post
    That's why these questions are awful. Are they asking if you are a structured individual? Are they asking if you can handle having to run out the door in an instant? I still don't understand how they can expect you to answer a Q when you aren't sure of what they're asking.
    Let's change the words around in the statement.

    Let's say "It does not upset me if my daily routine is disturbed."

    Think about this: the firehouse can receive a call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week right?
    If you're doing something in the house, whether it's cleaning the rig, doing an inspection check, or whatever, the call obviously comes first so you have to drop what you're doing and hop on that rig.

    I would say STRONGLY AGREE to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HopefulFF View Post
    That's why these questions are awful. Are they asking if you are a structured individual? Are they asking if you can handle having to run out the door in an instant? I still don't understand how they can expect you to answer a Q when you aren't sure of what they're asking.
    I'm just curious about how it even gets scored. I can see someone that doesn't score well claiming some sort of discrimination. These are definitely the questions most people are worried about and I kinda hope people are focusing on these so much that they neglect the other portions. There is no real way to study for these personality questions IMO so I'm not gonna try and stress over it too much.

    We'll see how it goes on Saturday, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelo_D View Post
    Let's change the words around in the statement.

    Let's say "It does not upset me if my daily routine is disturbed."

    Think about this: the firehouse can receive a call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week right?
    If you're doing something in the house, whether it's cleaning the rig, doing an inspection check, or whatever, the call obviously comes first so you have to drop what you're doing and hop on that rig.

    I would say STRONGLY AGREE to that.

    Agreed. But IMO that's a much easier statement to decipher what they are getting at. If the statement reads as you have it that would be much less confusing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HopefulFF View Post
    Agreed. But IMO that's a much easier statement to decipher what they are getting at. If the statement reads as you have it that would be much less confusing.
    That one makes the answer much easier.

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