The first ten minutes? More like the first 30 seconds. Its been written in here that the Firefighter job interview is different than the standard business one. And this is true.
BUT...Yahoo published this article today and we can still learn something from the private sector. I dont agree with everything in the article, but suggest you review it several times before your next oral board.
Good luck, Bou
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Job Interview- The First 10 Minutes Are Top Priority
Tom Musbach, Yahoo! HotJobs
First impressions are critical during the hiring process.
In fact, many executives said they form an opinion about hiring a candidate within 10 minutes, despite spending nearly an hour in the actual interview, according to a recent poll by Robert Half Finance & Accounting.
"The job seeker needs to remember that he or she is being assessed from the minute after walking in the door of the company," says Julie Jansen, career coach and author of "You Want Me to Work with Who?" "The receptionist could make an impromptu comment later to the interviewer about something the candidate did or said."
Experts recommend the following tips to make the best impression during the opening minutes of a job interview.
Before the Interview
* Ask someone close to you to assess you for body language, appearance and overall demeanor, says Jansen. "Maybe you don't realize that you twirl your hair on your finger when you're nervous or that you lick your lips or forget to smile."
* Dress the way the boss or interviewer would dress. "Any dressier makes you look like you're trying too hard or are out of sync with that workplace's culture," says career expert Marty Nemko, author of "Cool Careers for Dummies." "To find out what the boss wears, simply ask the person who contacted you to schedule your interview."
* Get to the interview location early. "Sit in your car and mentally visualize or 'rehearse' how you'll greet the interviewer," says Richard Phillips, career coach and owner of Advantage Career Solutions in Palo Alto, California. "This is the same thing that slalom skiers do before the race. Envision yourself making a good impression, and chances are you will."
* Do your homework. Research the company, and learn about its products and services. Read the job description very carefully and know specifically what you have to offer, says Phillips. "Interviewers will quickly write off a candidate as lazy when they don't have basic and easily available information."
During the Interview
* Convey enthusiasm. "If the interviewer asks how you are, reply, 'I'm well and really looking forward to learning about the job and the company,'" says Phillips. "Never tell the interviewer you feel nervous."
* Ask a wise question early in the interview. "For example, 'In the end, what is most important in doing this job well?'" says Nemko. "That shows your intelligence and self-confidence in being willing to ask questions early. It also essentially gives you the answer to the test -- it tells you what to stress in the rest of the interview."
* Tell a "PAR story." Nemko advises candidates to look for an opportunity in the first few minutes to tell a three-part story. "In a PAR story, you tell of a Problem you faced, how you Approached it, and the positive Resolution."
* Stick to basic etiquette rules. "Sit up straight, don't fidget, smile politely, and speak when spoken to," Phillips concludes. "And don't fall into the trap of thinking that just because the interviewer is informal, you can follow suit. Remember that they're in their own environment, and you are a guest."
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05-14-2007, 02:16 PM #1
Job interview? The first 10 minutes....
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05-15-2007, 08:55 AM #2
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The article states that most interviews last one hour. I have yet to see a firefighter interview last one hour. It is very apparent within the first couple of minutes whether or not a candidate is prepared for the interview.
It's all about heart and passion for the department and for the fire service. Those who posess it and are able to portray it in the interview get jobs. Those who don't struggle.
05-15-2007, 11:53 AM #3
Chief- True...Fire department entry inverviews dont last an hour. That was why I stated the disclaimer in the beginning.
The article does have some merit. For me, I have found a lot of success thinking "thought outside of the box" and combing through other non-fire material.
I figured the board has heard "fire this" and "fire that" the whole testing process. Hit them sideways with some different spice and it could help you for final score. (I know this to be true for you because I have enjoyed some of your fishing books)
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