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    Has anybody taken the oral and can give a little insight as to what to prepare for.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mpowers View Post
    Has anybody taken the oral and can give a little insight as to what to prepare for.
    Here's LA City's official oral interview prep guide:
    http://www.lacity.org/per/psb/lafd_intPrep.htm

    Quote Originally Posted by clark918 View Post
    The oral is 100% of the score? What about the written?
    The written test is pass/fail and simply allows those who pass to take the oral. I imagine it's mostly to weed out the people who can barely read and do basic math.

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    I and about 150 of my closest friends took the LA City written test on Saturday 9/15. Anybody who took it can share your thoughts (of course don't discuss specific questions.)

    I think I did pretty well. Anyone else?

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    Is it pretty easy if you have common knowledge of math and reading?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clark918 View Post
    Is it pretty easy if you have common knowledge of math and reading?
    See the link in post #16 in this thread. But to answer your question, yeah it's very straightforward. I'm not so much a math person, so that part took me the longest, but there wasn't anything really tricky.

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    Seeing so many math questions kinda threw me off guard for a second, but i eventually got in my groove and finished rather quickly... Like stated before nothing real tricky just common math and reading comprehension....

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    Default just some friendly advice...

    Quote Originally Posted by JLam77 View Post
    Can I make a small request?...Please stop *****ting up my thread.
    Wow...your thread? Testy aren't we?

    I'm not looking to start anything, but try to be a little more respectful of the officers and chiefs here. You were only just thanking them for their help and insights just four months ago.

    Good luck,
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    Quote Originally Posted by ffbam24 View Post
    Wow...your thread? Testy aren't we?

    I'm not looking to start anything, but try to be a little more respectful of the officers and chiefs here. You were only just thanking them for their help and insights just four months ago.

    Good luck,
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    And I will continue to thank them for their help and insights, and as I said I may even buy their products. But it seems that some folks can't let a single thread go by without dropping an ad into it.

    Respect goes both ways, and there's a fine line between help and spam.

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    Does anyone know about how long it takes to receive the results of the written exam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLam77 View Post
    Does anyone know about how long it takes to receive the results of the written exam?
    Just got mine today... Good news travels fast supposedly with LA City...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ADlBOO View Post
    Just got mine today... Good news travels fast supposedly with LA City...
    I got my letter today too. I'm scheduled for my oral interview on Oct 25th.

    Here's some info on the LA City orals that was posted on this forum a few months back. The following quote was pulled from this thread:

    Okay, you get to the Personnel Department on Temple Street. Bring quarters because there are parking meters. Come somewhat early but not too early. Some guys don't show and they might call you in early, but I also noted the desk staff looking... what might have been annoyance at one fellow who came way too early and was disturbing them.

    Bring your interview letter, your Driver's License, and several copies of your polished resume. Hopefully, you've already done the mock interview and had your resume looked at, because the resume you need is not the traditional resume.

    You'll sign in, be given a paper stating the guidelines of the interview. On a board on the wall to the right of the check in desk, there are the names listed of the interviewers that day. If you see a person you know on the list, or who may know of you, inform the front desk staff.

    Then you sit and wait. A person will come out and greet you. This may or may not be one of your interviewers. If you've taken the initiative to memorize those names listed, you'll know. Either way, be courteous and confident because your interview has just started. You'll be escorted back, instructed to place all of your belongings down on a secure area, and will proceed to a private room with a table and chairs. You'll be introduced to the person(s) in the room. You will have no less than a Captain with LAFD and a civilian member of the Personnel Department. A community representative may also be present. All of them are scoring you. There will be a single chair on one side of the table in which you will be instructed to sit. They sit on the other side. Use all cordiality as expected of a gentleman when entering a room, being introduced, and being seated. If it wasn't your interviewer who escorted you, then be sure to thank the person who brought you in.

    The interviewers will already have your resume in front of them and have already scanned it over. Then the questions start. They may be either deadpan expression, conversational, or strictly professional. Regardless, your answers are being graded.

    Questions are asked which may or may not go into greater detail. They take turns asking, but all are audience to your reply.

    You'll be offered a concluding statement. Refer to the experts as for what is best at this point.

    You then are asked to wait outside. They come out and tell you what to do next.

    A couple of other things to add:

    The others in the waiting room may or not be there for Fire Recruit. Some are promoting and others are there for city works. Beware anyone running their mouth off as the staff and interviewers are within earshot.

    How thorough were your station visits? Can you say where the nozzleman sits and why? The full daily activity of a recruit, probationary, and fireman? Do you know the type of drills you'll be running? Do you know what Volume 3 is and it's importance? Can you explain the full range, structure, and divisions of LAFD? If not, go right back into the stations and ask. This isn't to say that any of this will be asked in the interview, but it will make a world of difference in your ability to confidently speak about LAFD. It will show.
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    Thanks for posting that link, some good info in there... I have mine october 19. Definately scheduling some mock interviews...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLam77 View Post
    I got my letter today too. I'm scheduled for my oral interview on Oct 25th.

    Here's some info on the LA City orals that was posted on this forum a few months back. The following quote was pulled from this thread:

    So when you say polished resume, you need to have a resume made and ready to give them in the inverview??

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    so when you say to bring your polished resume, you need make and bring your own resume to the interview?

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    Default so you need to have and take a resume for the interview?

    so you need to have and take a resume for the interview?

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    I think you'd be making a huge mistake by not bringing a resume with you.

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    Smile Pretty far in the Process

    Hey guys, I'm new to this forum but I'm willing to help with any questions anybody has...My background investigator finished with my case and turned it in for review 2 weeks ago...so I'm just waiting to hear word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moondee74 View Post
    Hey guys, I'm new to this forum but I'm willing to help with any questions anybody has...My background investigator finished with my case and turned it in for review 2 weeks ago...so I'm just waiting to hear word.
    Hey Moondee, can you enable Private Messaging in your user CP?

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    Hey moondee
    Thats great that you are done with your backgrounds. I finished my background interview back in Augest and have not heard anything back yet. I did get a letter that said I scored a 105 on my oral interview, I got the extra five points because I am a Vet. Can you feel me in on how long it took for your back ground investigater to contact you. I do not have any thing bad on my background and I am just wondering how long it should take to hear from my investigator.
    I am new to firehouse.com, But I am going to try and enable my PM, feel free to drop me a line.
    thanks

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    If you are not given a background packet after the Oral Does that mean you failed or were not good enough to advance.

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