1. #1
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    Default Another interview....

    I have my second interview coming up. I just received the letter yesterday, the letter was sent to me by the department and not the town human resources. I have less then a week to prepare. This time the interview is handeled by the Fire Commission. They asked for me to bring any pertinent information. The problem is I don't have anything like that the only thing i have is my EMT-B certificate. And they all ready know that because it is a qulification you need for the job. Does any one know what I should expect? Any tip would be greatly appreciated.

    The FireGUYCT
    Last edited by FireGuyCT; 01-28-2005 at 11:14 AM.

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    Talking Basics

    Bring your EMT Certs. with you anyway.
    These are pretty basic but I found important tips
    Where a suit.
    Be well groomed.
    Sit up Straight.
    Always make eye contact.
    Remember their names and rank.
    Don't vear off too far from the questions asked.
    Answer all questions honestly no matter what.
    When your done thank them for their intrest.
    Most Important FIRM handshake.

    Come up with questions you think they may ask you.
    Hear are just a few I remember.
    What can you bring to the table?
    Why do you want to be a FF?
    What do you think of the scedule?
    What would you do if an officer asked you to do something unethical on scene?
    What is something in your life you have had to buckle down to get accomplished?
    How do you feel about training?
    When asked if you have any questions. Have one
    Like can you be provided with advanced training, or encouraged to attend out of state classes throughout your career.
    These are just my opinions hope they are of some help.

    Best of Luck to you!

    "I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a fireman.
    What makes you better than the next canidate?

  3. #3
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    San Francisco Bay Area

    Default Chief's Oral!

    Congratulations, you're going to a chief's oral. This is for all the marbles. You have about 20 minutes for a 25+year career. You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. How are you going to stun the oral board panel to convince them to give you the badge over the other candidates?

    If you have time, put together a resume using the formula here: http://www.eatstress.com/resume.htm

    Dress for success! Be practicing your answers with a tape recorder to hear what the panel is going to hear out of your mouth.

    This might help:

    Going for All the Marbles

    Even though this is for all of the marbles, don’t panic now! This from another candidate:

    I am very excited, and very nervous at the same time. You see I just got the phone call for a Chief’s oral. Just when I was starting to get familiar with the regular oral interview, it is now time to learn something new! They only gave me a day to prepare. Do you have any pieces of information that might help me? Will the structure be the same?

    Should I be studying anything? The city? The organization? IFSTA? Or is this more of a get to know you type of interview? To see how you will fit in. Any advice you might have will help. Thanks for your efforts in helping make people’s dreams come true! — Jeff

    Many candidates start to panic when they are notified that they are going to a chief’s oral. They think they have to reinvent themselves. Reinvent the wheel. WHOOAA! Understand what got you there. You are only going to the Chief’s Oral because of the great stuff you already used in the first oral. You’re riding the winning pony. Don’t switch ponies. You’re coming around the club house turn, you shoot out from the back of the pack, go to the whip, you’re on the winning pony, you’re friends and family are on their feet in the stands cheering you on and you ride her home for the badge.

    Too many candidates switch ponies because “They Said”. I’ve never been able to find out who “They” are. If you do not continue to use the good stuff that got you this far, you could drop out of the race. This is a new arena. Candidates who are going to the chiefs interview start talking to their friends. They convince them that they need to do something more. By the time of the interview, they’re a wreck. It’s not them going into the interview. A clone of someone else. The badges are often given to other candidates.

    The chiefs interview is open to any type of questioning. Fytnfire
    has listed some questions that might be used at your interview.

    They are really trying to find out more about you. How you’re going to be as a firefighter for the next 25+ years. Do you fit their culture? We like to hire candidates that are themselves on purpose in the interview. Someone who has a personality and is conversational. Are you that person in an interview?

    Stan was going to our departments Chief’s Oral. He made an appointment to come by our station. While there, he asked what more he could do to make it over the top. I told him he was riding the winning pony and not to switch during the home stretch. Three months later I was down at the training center where they were training new recruits. I saw a familiar face. I said, “Stan is that you?” He said, “Yes, I rode that winning pony all the way in!”

    Saddle up and ride to glory.

    For more information on the Chief's Oral check the FREE 101 Inside Secrets How to Get a Badge here: http://eatstress.com/faq.htm

    You can find more on testing secrets in the Career Article section from the Jobs drop down menu just above this posting.

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

    Fire "Captain Bob" Author, Becoming A Firefighter and
    Conquer Fire Department Oral Boards


    Last edited by CaptBob; 01-28-2005 at 08:11 PM.

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    Jun 2004

    Default Good luck

    Hey FireGuyCT good luck man. Hope you get the job. I got let on the list with out my EMT cirt but I can not be in this round of hiring which sucks since my emt writen test is next friday! Good luck to you man kick butt, take names. Last leg of the race to your dream job.
    "Far better it is to dare mighty things than to take rank with the poor timid spirits, who know neither victory nor defeat." FDR

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    I thank all three of you for your quick,helpful responses. Ant195 stay in there they said this is a good list to be on. I am glad to see that they left you on the list, you deserve it especially after passing CPAT. Hope we both make it.

    All the best, FIREGUYCT

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    Default Score

    Good luck man. Im rooting for you. Did you get an overall score on your testing from them? I got a 100.25 but did not get a list number? Wondering where I stand?
    "Far better it is to dare mighty things than to take rank with the poor timid spirits, who know neither victory nor defeat." FDR

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