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    One of the guys I work out with at the gym with has a son who has been trying to get a fire job. He has all the usual credentials. Firefighter 1, almost a BA, 3 seasons with CDF yada, yada, yada.

    He has been testing for 5 years. His dad gave him a coaching session just prior to his oral for his dream department. Dave had been practicing with a tape recorder. During the coaching session, Dave expressed his burning desire, passion, “my life won't be complete until I get a badge” compassionate longing, agonizing story.

    One problem. Dave sucked big time! Even after testing for 5 years, he wasn't ready for any oral board. His answers were garbage. This should be no surprise, because most candidates are not ready either. Coaching usually takes about an hour. We ended at 2 hours. His closing was a dog and pony show (I wished this candidate would just end and get out of the room) pathetic mess.

    I asked Dave how he expected to get a badge when he hadn't spent the time to get ready for an oral. He said, like most candidates, (a big clue here), he thought he was. This is what most candidates think. Does this sound like you? SFFD Captain Bill Long was a rater on a recent oral board. He said you knew which candidates were really prepared. Those prepared candidates caused you to straighten up in your chair.

    The important point to realize is it doesn't take much to improve your situation and separate yourself from the clone candidates. Dave only had a couple of days to review his coaching tape and redial his approach.

    He called me the day after his interview. He sounded like he didn't step on any land mines, wasn't stumped and was able to put it together to make a real good presentation.
    A few days later, there was a message on my recorder. A guy was yelling, Captain Bob, you are the man. It was Dave. He had just received the call that he was going to the Chief’s Oral. His first in the five years he had been testing. Not only was he going to the Chief’s Oral. He was number . . . 2! They were interviewing 30 candidates for 10 jobs. How do you like those odds?

    When you are going for all the marbles, don't you want an insurance policy to insure your chances for getting that badge?

    As my son Captain Rob says, “Wouldn't you want someone to tell you that you sucked big time before you head into your next oral? There's an oral board in your future. Do you want to be telling yourself ‘I suck’ coming out of your next oral and you will do better next time. Or, have that feeling that you knew ‘I smoked it’ and it was going to get you that badge?” When you're ready to come in from the wilderness, drop your ego and get to work we will be ready to help.

    Paul said it best:

    I didn't realize how incredibly dead in the water I was until I realized that what I thought was unique in my oral boards was truly another fine example of a clone candidate.

    Sadly, I know that there are thousands of other candidates shooting themselves in the foot, being difficult on themselves, telling themselves that they aren't cut out for the job because they've tested so many places and keep getting low on the list...or not getting on the list at all.

    I FINALLY got the job in a busy, full-time mid western town. All of my dreams have instantly come true. Paul

    Candidates like Paul are trying to send the message that this program works and it can happen quicker than you think.

    To see who else got their badges click:

    http://www.eatstress.com/badgesnew.htm

    For more on coaching check out:

    http://www.eatstress.com/private%20coaching.htm

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

    Fire "Captain Bob"

    www.eatstress.com

    888-238-3959
    _____________________________________________

    "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

  • #2
    Yes I can!

    Yes,I can believe it. Capt Bob helped me land 2 job offers from Everett and Seattle!! I just got the second job offer 4 days ago. What a position to be in. Thanks a lot Capt. Bob. Thanks also for talkin to me before my psyche interviews. The time you spent was much appreciated. Capt Bob can give you the tools to use....but it's still your responsibilty to use them. He wont give you a magic answer but he will tell you how to come up with your own, goosebump makin' answers.

    Thanks again Capt Bob. You guys give a great service and I'll continue to recommend you and your services to my friends.
    ~SN
    _____________________________________________

    "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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    • #3
      Badge 2,116

      Bravo! SN,you are badge number 2,116 in our program.

      I know this candidate. As he was moving forward in the hiring process, SN told me he had a lot of his buddies trying to get fire jobs too. He tried to share our CD/Video program with them. He was surprised that they weren’t interested. They told him they didn’t need it. They had it all figured out because of their FF1 academies, education, experience and buddies they had given them the inside track to get hired.

      Well, all of a sudden SN gets not one but two job offers. How many offers have all his buddies receive? Zip, Zero, nada. Now, all of a sudden their interested in getting what was the name of that web site and program again?

      No, not just regional. From coast to coast across the US of A throughout Canada our program has and continues to work in helping candidates join the ranks of the last of Americas heros. Here a few more success stories.

      Over 700 people applied for this position and only 27 were hired. I am one of them thanks to you and Rob! This feeling of accomplishment feels like it will last a lifetime, it's an amazing feeling. It doesn't matter where you are from, what part of the country you're in, how old or tall, or fit you are, without these tools you have provided I'd still be a phone man in NY. Now I'm achieved my dream job and proud to say I'll be a firefighter in beautiful Virginia Beach. Thank you. Tim

      Metro-Dade just finished an application process, which took about 1 year to complete, and began with approximately 7000 applicants (yes, not 700, 7000). Since 60% of the final score was based on the oral interview I knew that this would be the most important part. I began searching for any tips I could get and came across your web site.

      I definitely thought I'd be able to wing it, but my wife and I had spent too much time, money and effort trying to get me onto a fire department to just wing it. I sucked up my pride (which was extremely difficult) and spent a lot of time sitting with a tape recorder just listening to my voice and tone inflection.

      Just feeling confident and knowing that I had done as much as I could before walking in made me sit up straight in my chair, look the interviewers in the eye and give them the best answers I could. Walking out I felt as though I answered the questions way to quickly as there was still time left on the clock, but it turns out that out of all the people (they took about 24 people per turn) who were interviewed at the same time, they all finished quite a bit before I did and were outside waiting for me to finish. My attitude and confidence must have made an impression because I missed the top score by 1 point.

      Just knowing that I did everything possible to get the job helped me sleep at night. I ended up 36 out of an original 7000 applicants and 1510 that made the final list. I have not been offered a job yet, but I hear they are hiring approximately 300 persons and at the very least put myself in the best possible position to obtain a badge. Wish me luck. Thank you for all your advice. I will keep you advised of any job offers because I would like to add to your growing list. Ryan


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

      Fire "Captain Bob"
      Author of the new book Becoming A Firefighter--The Complete Guide to Your Badge!

      www.eatstress.com

      888-238-3959
      _____________________________________________

      "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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      • #4
        Gets better

        Oppps, it just keeps getting better and better. Stop the presses. This just in. Sunday, August 17, 2003 2:48 PM, Film at eleven:

        Captain Bob,

        I would like to thank you and your son for putting out a wonderful product that actually helps! I received the audio/video package from a friend who used it to get hired by the City of Tacoma, in Washington. I had no clue what I was doing wrong in my interview skills until, I listened to the audio tapes. Wow! That did it! I followed your advice, streamlined my info to draw from and I found myself being invited to Chief Interviews. Well, the third time was the charm because, after my 3rd Chiefs' I was offered a position with the City of Redmond, near Seattle! This is my dream department and using your tips I made that dream a reality! I will send all my friends who are striving for a fire job your way. Thank you!

        Grinnin' Ear to Ear,
        Nate

        Reply: How do you think I feel when I get these e-mails? My heart is full, warm and full of emotions . . . everytime!

        Nah, it can't work for you too, right? I keep hearing there are no jobs out there because of the hiring freezes and the bad ecomony. Oh, yea? Our candidates just keep nailing those badges. It proves more than ever that you have to place high enough on oral board to get a shot at those badges when they become available. The ball is in your court. How are you going to field it?

        "Nothing counts 'til you have the badge . . . Nothing!" Just ask Nate who's Grinnin' from Ear to Ear

        Fire "Captain Bob"
        Author of the new book Becoming A Firefighter--The Complete Guide to Your Badge!

        www.eatstress.com

        888-238-3959
        _____________________________________________

        "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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