I know there are times in the pursuit of a firefighter position when candidates have doubts if they’re going to make it especially after not being successful after several attempts. I know some get depressed along the way.

I was asked recently what things would you advise candidates to do to keep them motivated and be ready for their interviews? Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

1. Nothing is going to make more of a difference than an attitude change to open to really learning how to take an interview.

2. Make a script of your personalized answers for the as many oral board questions as you can come up with.

3. Practice your answers with a tape recorder to hear what the panel is going to hear out of your mouth.

4. Get a coaching session from a qualified coach.

5. Test, test, test to improve the presentation that will be the deciding factor in you becoming a firefighter.

6. Listen to motivation CD’s

7. Doubt your doubts.

8. Don’t drink and drive. A DUI could quickly end your pursuit.

“Act as if it were impossible to fail”---- Dorothea Brande

"Nothing counts 'til you have the badge . . . Nothing!"

Fire "Captain Bob" Author, Becoming A Firefighter