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  • Originally posted by FLfire239 View Post
    Looks like there's about 2400 of us left for around 60 spots (if 40 are hired from the senior list). Good luck to everyone!
    Is it just me or is 2400 people moving on to interview a bit excessive? After all 2400 is around 300 more than even tested back in '07. But what do I know, I'll be there right along side you guys with a smile on my face!

    Good luck to everyone!

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    • The reason 2400 are moving on is the written was pass/fail.

      Rumor is the panel will be made up of business and civic members not firefighters. Remember there are only so many questions they will ask in any oral board interview. It's being ready with your answers that will make the difference.

      You can find tips on oral boards here:
      http://www.firehouse.com/forums/showthread.php?t=117336
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      "Nothing counts 'til you have the badge . . . Nothing!"

      More Tips on getting hired and promoted by Firehouse Contributing Author Fire “Captain Bob” Articles here:
      http://www.firehouse.com/contact/10544410/bob-smith


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      • Does anyone know why the cognitive scores are not counted and only pass/fail. Just curious?

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        • Don’t quote me on this but from what I understand, we all received individual’s scores on the test and those will be included in our overall score after the interviews and physical. Therefore, once an eligibility list is created, our written test scores will actually make a difference as to where we stand overall.

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          • The website states that the score of the personality test plus the score of your oral interview will be added together to determine the ranked eligibility list.
            Last edited by FLfire239; 02-09-2011, 10:34 PM.

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            • New update for cadets: "Interviews for Fire Cadet will be May 2 – 13, 2011 (Monday – Friday). We will post the candidate schedule for the interviews next week."

              Check out the oral interview orientation guide. Has anyone ever been to an interview like this? Definitely not a traditional oral board.
              Last edited by shmanky808; 04-01-2011, 09:09 PM.

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              • whoa, thats different

                Yea I've been preparing for the typical oral board- practicing w a tape recorder, etc. This seems completely different than what I was expecting.

                Also interested to know if anyone has ever done an interview like this, and how we should prepare!

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                • I'm glued to a tape recorder Karo. Seems like most departments are moving away from the traditional oral boards though.

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                  • sounds like B pad without the video

                    suggestion is use all the time avaliable

                    talk as if you are involved in the situation

                    do not say I would.........

                    hit the all the point in the incident such as if there are multiple people in the incident, address acction to each person
                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdEH...e_gdata_player

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                    • Question: Austin fire department has initiated a new format for interviews. They are asking everyone only 5 questions, all situational, which are timed (which is going to be made up of 100% Austin volunteer citizens). We are given a copy of the questions to refer back to and are allowed to take notes. Have you heard of anything like this before?

                      I'm nervous that no one from the fire department will even be on the board.

                      Please see the AFD website for more details. www.ci.austin.tx.us/fire/hiring.htm

                      Thanks for your help! Robert

                      Reply: Yes, we are familiar with this type of scenario based testing.
                      Everyone is going to face the citizen volunteer panels. There are only so many scenarios they can ask. If you’re ready with prepared scenarios going in you should do fine. Being prepared going in is the key.

                      This might help from Captain Rob myfireinterview.com

                      While the testing process remains much the same for fire and law enforcement and will continue to include an oral interview, the things they are looking for are changing slightly. They are shifting to looking more at the personality of the applicant than the resume and credentials.

                      If we are going to give an academy and train the newly hired to do things our way we can look more at the person. If we hire a very qualified person that is an ***** we then get 25-30 yeas of *****, my department met our quota of ***** in 1982 and we don’t need any more.

                      In changing how we look at people there are a lot more panels asking the “Tell us about a time” questions, such as:

                      Tell us about a time you made a bad decision,
                      A time you were asked to do something wrong,
                      A time you had a conflict with a co-worker, conflict with a boss,
                      A time you had to make a difficult decision,
                      What is the toughest decision you have ever had to make?

                      The list goes on and on. I am a big fan of preparing for an interview and having your thoughts together as far as what you want to say in an interview, but there is little you can do to prepare for something out of left field. That is part of the reason for this style of questioning. They want to see how you react to a question you would have a tough time having prepared for and you have to come up with on the spot.

                      Here is a “Nugget” technique I think will help. Your subconscious mind is far better at this stuff than you are. You know that little voice that told you not to do the stuff you wish you hadn’t done latter? When asked a question like this, usually the correct answer pops right into your head. The problem is that you then try to figure out if that is what they are looking for, if it applies to the fire service, and then you start trying to think of something better and get vapor-lock. “I got nothing” usually doesn’t get you many points on the rating sheet.

                      I asked a guy one time “What was the hardest thing you have ever had to do”? You could see the wheels spinning and then he said he didn’t know. I said that he must have thought of something, and asked what it was. He said that when he was half way through medic school his father was diagnosed with cancer and he decided to quit school and went and spent 18 month with him while he died. It did put his plans off by two years and had to restart medic school, but he had never had a great relationship with his dad and now he did, he wouldn’t have changed a thing. I said that was a great answer for him and sounded perfect to me.

                      His question was how it applied to a fire interview. That is what I am trying to explain here, it doesn’t have to fit into a fire interview, it has to be the right answer for you, they asked a very simple question about you and you should give them the answer that comes to you.

                      Another guy was asked about when he had had a conflict. He tried to say he had never had one, got along with everyone, was never a problem. They kept after him and said, “No one your age has never had a conflict” until he came up with something they were not going to move on. He though back and remember getting hired at a job in a travel agency where competition was stiff, and they were on commission, no one would help him to learn how to do the job properly. He didn’t want to report it and get anyone in trouble, nor have to say he couldn’t do the job. So he called an office in another area and made friends with someone there and they helped him learn the job. What a great answer, he had a problem and handle without being a problem.

                      So if you do come up against something like this let you mind go and find the right answer for you. Do pause and review it quickly before you answer to make sure it is appropriate. I have seen people say things in interviews and they were just as surprised it came out of their mouths as we were. But allow you subconscious to help you.

                      One way you can get good at this is to do mock interviews. I used to get together with others testing and we would shoot questions back and forth for hours. It is a learned skill and you can improve your ability to answer on the fly and sound professional while you do so with practice.

                      Good Luck, Captain Rob
                      _____________________________________________

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

                      More Tips on getting hired and promoted by Firehouse Contributing Author Fire “Captain Bob” Articles here:
                      http://www.firehouse.com/contact/10544410/bob-smith


                      Fire "Captain Bob"

                      www.eatstress.com

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                      • interview question

                        Wondering if anyone knows if they scheduled interviews based on how well we did on the integrity test? Or if they were just randomized? Just curious. Thank you.

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                        • Originally posted by Chris07 View Post
                          Wondering if anyone knows if they scheduled interviews based on how well we did on the integrity test? Or if they were just randomized? Just curious. Thank you.
                          I was wondering about this as well.

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                          • Flying from Reno for my interview on the 13th and then head to seattle for my 2nd oral on the 14th. Gonna be a crazy few days. Definitely excited but nervous...

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                            • are resumes being accepted?

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                              • Just wanted to say best of luck to all that have had/do have their interviews this week/next week.

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