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  • Getting nervous list expires on July 24th.

    So i got the phone call that they would continue the hiring process for me and this was on July 2nd. I went and got finger-printed and signed some forms and ive had my polygraph. The detective called me and told me i passed the polygraph so he was going to finish his background check by contacting my refrences and stopping by my neighbors.

    There website stats this

    "Polygraph examination.

    Background investigation including persona, credit, business, education and employment history.

    Conditional offer of employment based on a successful medical examination and Psychological evaluation. (Medical examination includes drug screening.)

    Certification of the candidates for Formal offer of employment by the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners.

    Appointment and swearing-in ceremony before the Village Board of Trustees."

    Anyways my question is this. Can i be given the conditional offer before the list expires and then take the Medical and Psych Exam?

    Thanks for the help!

  • #2
    Just got word that ill be recieving the conditional offer through the mail so i dont need to worry about the list expiring.

    Any advice on the Psych exams?


    • #3
      This is in what part of the US???

      You need to indentify the department, city or county.
      Stay Safe and Well Out There....

      Always remembering 9-11-2001 and 343+ Brothers


      • #4
        its for the City of Matteson, IL. its a southern suburb of Chicago.


        • #5
          You have to pass the psych test first time out!

          Originally posted by Prime Nightmare View Post
          Any advice on the Psych exams?
          Most candidates are more than surprised when I tell them up to 40% fail the psychological test given by many departments.

          I received one phone call and two e-mails from relatives of a firefighter/medic candidate who failed a psych test before the candidate called asking "What can I do now?" He had been testing for 5 years and this was the first job offer. I asked him if he knew who we were? Yes. What did you do to prepare in advance for the psych evaluation? I wish I had a dollar for every time I've heard this, "Things were going so great I didn't think I needed to."

          Imagine after all the education, experience and time preparing to get this job like the above candidate . . . and you're eliminated. Then no one will talk to you to find out what happened. I've talked to too many candidates who were devastated and didn't know what to do next. This is a critical part of the testing process you need to prepare for and pass the first time out.

          You've jumped through all the flaming hoops and made it through the background check. Then, you're conditionally offered the job pending the medical, which includes a psychological test. You take the test, no big deal right? Then the phone stops ringing.

          You are out of the hiring process. You are told that you didn't meet the profile. What profile?

          What do you mean I didn't meet the profile? I've got training, experience, education, every degree, certificate, merit badge, and a paramedic certification. I've been a volunteer, paid member of another department for 10years, and lived and breathed this job. And, I don't meet the profile?

          What's included in the psych test? There is a written test that sets up a profile of you. Then, there is an evaluation by a psychologist.

          Written Test: The most common written portion of the psychological evaluation is the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory interview test of up to 1000 questions. The aim here is not to pass the test but to go into the job fully prepared. Put your pride and natural defensiveness aside. They ask a few questions in several different ways. You want to answer questions "strongly for" or "strongly against" instead of being in the middle undecided. Answer questions to present yourself as a more social, interactive, team playing type of person, i.e., you would rather be in a conversation with others than reading a book alone.

          You can get some insight on how the written test is scored HERE

          Some written tests include an Ink Blot Test. You can find out more about this test HERE http://www.deltabravo.net/custody/rorschach.php

          The Evaluation: This is where the wheels start coming off the wagon for too many candidates.

          Before the interview, the psychologist will often have you take a separate personality test, fill out a personal family history, a biography and additional information forms.

          The biggest error candidates make during the psychological evaluation is thinking there is a patient/doctor confidentiality even when the doctor has them sign a release that there is not. This is not your family doctor. Guess who's paying the bill?

          What gets candidates in trouble here is they want this job so bad that they will say and do almost anything to get it.

          Although I don't encourage candidates to be less than truthful, those candidates who are honest to a fault diminish their chances of passing the psychological interview! That's right. You folks want this job so bad you will tell the psychologist anything they want to know. Even stuff they didn't ask you. Once you start down this road of total honesty, creating trails where you don't have to, tossing out more information than was asked for thinking this guy is your friend is where you get into big trouble. Especially when the psychologist says, "Everyone has skeletons in their closet, this interview is not designed to eliminate you from the process", or "you don't want to be too squeaky clean." So you open up. Then the phone stops ringing and no one will talk to you. You are out of the process Mcfly. And, you don't know why.

          So what should you do?

          Only answer the question you're being asked. Before you volunteer information, think before you speak. If they want to know more they will ask. Don't appear to be closed but warm and cordial. Present your ideas clearly. Don't ramble or chat. Be articulate. This is how you're going to be in the field. Believe it or not this is part of the job interview. You are making an impression of who you are going to be as a firefighter.

          Make sure you dress up and don't slouch. Be prepared to audition for the part of being a firefighter. Know your strong points. Be prepared to demonstrate you are a team player.

          This from a new firefighter:

          I had to take one for two departments. I tried to answer the questions as honestly as I could, while presenting myself as a very positive social person. Some of the "experts" out there say that you should be brutally honest on the test. Well 3 good guys I know did just that, and they did not pass either test. We lost 10 out of 25 guys on one test! In all honesty I might not have passed either if I hadn't prepared in advance. I feel that is a very dangerous test, and some of the advice these people are giving out is costing great candidates a job. Steve.

          This from an in service firefighter: During the last hiring process 2 years ago the psychologist passed 10 people. Of those 10, 2 have quit, 2 have been fired, and 1 committed suicide. I wonder if he is worth what the city pays him to evaluate prospects? Have a nice weekend.

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

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