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    Can somebody explain to me how the rule of three works?

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    For every one opening, the Fire Chief can interview three people.

    In other words, the number one candidate is not guaranteed a job. It can be awarded to number two or three.

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    So sitting at #7, does that mean that it will take five openings before I get a shot?

    i.e. #1,2,3 get a chief's interview and #2 gets hired, so then the next opening would be between #'s 1,3, and 4 and so on down the list? Or would the second group be 4,5,6? Thank you.

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    Second interview group will be 1, 3 and 4

    Good luck

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    It's not uncommon that if one or more of the first three did not meet the chiefs satisfaction, criterial or culture they will not be invited back for the next round.

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    Thanks for the help guys.

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    Be careful, unless it's explicitly spelled out somewhere, the hiring agency might try to extend the "rule of 3" to pick one from #1, #2, & #3 and then one from #4, #5, & #6, etc. if there is someone down the list that they want to hire. Some will remove candidates from the list once they've been passed over for any reason; some won't. It all depends.

    There's more than one way to handle a "rule of 3" and agaencies without specific guidelines may tend to pick and choose to be able to hire who they want.
    "Nemo Plus Voluptatis Quam Nos Habant"

    The Code is more what you'd call "guidelines" than actual rules.

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    We had and and might still have the rule of "Five". We never use it to my knowledge...#1 was hired for one opening and so on.
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    Sorry, went back and reread carefully, I get it now.
    Last edited by TechGuy; 06-28-2007 at 12:01 AM.

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    Jay,
    Your department does use it for promotional exams. Since the entry level list is banded, the rule of three is not exercised.

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    The way it was explained to me is that for every opening they are hiring, they invite 3 people to the interview. So for 2 openings they would take 6 candidates to the interview. The chief can then select any of these candidates. So maybe the chief picks 1 and 2, or maybe 3 and 5. Everyone stays on the list for successive rounds. So in your case, it would take 3 openings for you to get an interview in the first round. This doesn't factor people dropping from the list as they get picked up with other places (often happens as you start talking about the top 5 or 10 on a list.)

    Hope this helps.

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    Paul...Thanks for the update. I always knew we had it and it was never used. I did think it was a "Rule of Five". Here at Sagle Fire #1 gets the opening.

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