I had the opportunity to present a seminar at a local college last week. Everyone quickly learned what they thought was prepared and unique fell short of getting top scores, especially those candidates who volunteered to sit in the hot seat to give it their best shot. This also applied to many in the packed room who gave their .02 cents as the questions were opened up to the attendees.

Even though hundreds of firefighters will be hired in the next months, it proves what many on this board have tried to get across. Learn how to take an interview because it will be the deciding factor in whether you will gain a badge or not.

Here are some of the comments:

There were so many critical points that I was not aware of. Pat

The interactive format getting info from many people was amazing. Jim

The grilling of everybody was a great learning experience. Nathan

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

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