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  • Written test, Polo and Khaki's?

    Is this fine or do I need to pull the suit out?

  • #2
    Sounds fine to me, most of the test at large dept. have several hundred people at once, and there are usually a good mix of different attires so in general you wont stand out. However if you know many of the firefighters/officers personally you may want to step up to the suit to show the people you know your trying a little harder then most of the other people.

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    • #3
      I would put on a suit. You want to make every positive impression that you can.

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      • #4
        wear what ever you are most comfortable in. no need to get dressed up you are just a number when you take the written! so wear something that you can sit comfortably in while taking that test.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by HFD190
          wear what ever you are most comfortable in. no need to get dressed up you are just a number when you take the written! so wear something that you can sit comfortably in while taking that test.
          Some would suggest a suit. That will certainly make you stand out. But, I agree with the above. Just don't wear tank tops, shorts or flip flows like you're heading to the beach after the interview.
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          • #6
            It's all about risk versus gain.

            What's the risk in wearing a suit and tie?

            Absolutly nothing.

            What's the benefit of wearing a suit and tie?

            Hmmmm, maybe someone important will notice you and approach you.

            I know what I would do.


            Paul Lepore
            Battalion Chief
            www.aspiringfirefighters.com
            Paul Lepore
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            • #7
              You can always remove a jacket and tie once the exam begins...but after you have made your entrance and shown that you are putting your best foot forward to whomever have may noticed when you checked in.

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              • #8
                Wear what ever is comfortable, especially if it is a big department that has alot of people to process. I took DC's exam and there were plenty of people there in tank tops and shorts. You are just a number at the written test, no one can judge your test score based on what you wear and with hundreds or thousands of people taking the test, its unlikely they would remember you anyways. I wore jeans and a t-shirt for the dept that Im testing with and I go for my 2nd interview today.

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                • #9
                  MikeCO5,
                  You missed the point.
                  Yes, you are correct when you say that it has no bearing on your score, but.............

                  In most places members of the department are proctoring the exam to make certain everything is on the up and up with the candidates. The more people that are wandering around the room, the less of a chance that someone will copy of their neighbor's answer sheet.

                  These firefighters range from the Fire Chief who has a vested interest to the rookie firefighter. You as a candidate are seeking all of the information about the department. Ideally you are approached by one of the firefighters who begins a dialogue.

                  I huge victory would be to be invited to the station to learn about the department. It's a huge step in preparing for the interview. WHile you candidates are seeking a job, the firefighters want to make certain they are getting awesome people. It works both ways.

                  Good luck,

                  Paul Lepore
                  Battalion Chief
                  www.aspiringfirefighters.com
                  Paul Lepore
                  Battalion Chief
                  www.aspiringfirefighters.com

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                  • #10
                    You never know

                    You never know who you're going to bump into or meet at a test. In DC a close friend of mine waited in line overnight to take the test. During the morning hours an older gentleman wearing jeans and a worn out DCFD baseball cap made his way up the line saying hello to folks. He was the Chief. So you never know who'll you'll bump into and who you might have a chance to schmooze with; put your best foot forward.

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                    • #11
                      Attire

                      Anything is possible. What you wear is the strongest non-verbal statement you can make.

                      This was a big topic on another bulletin board about a year ago. I saw a brigade of suit clad candidates for a few written tests. Then these same candidates stopped wearing the suits. I asked a few why they stopped and they just rolled their eyes saying they felt like dorks, going to the prom or funeral in a sea of casual attire.

                      Consider wearing a sports coat over a nice shirt and remove it once you're seated in the written.
                      Last edited by CaptBob; 06-22-2006, 11:27 AM.
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                      • #12
                        honestly, you could wear a $3K suit, but if you write a 70 you will not be hired. The guy in the tank top and sandals who writes #2 on the list will get the job. That's the civil service way.

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                        • #13
                          I went with Khaki's and a dress shirt. Alot of guys in shorts and sandals, so we'll see how I scored. Thanks for all the input.

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                          • #14
                            No Shorts

                            First let me start off saying that neither the Department I retired from or the one I work with now would anyone think of coming in shorts and flip-flops. If they did it would be "See you in Two". Chief Lepore is correct when he says "The room has eyes". The main reason that we have proctors is to keep everyone honest and look to see who wants the job and who shows up dressed to go to the beach. There is nothing wrong with taking a few extra minutes and put on at least...sports coat and tie. I know there are quite a lot more "Dorks" hired then joe surfs' if any. We look to see who has done their homework and is dressed for success.

                            Respectfully,
                            Jay Dudley, Retired Fire
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                            Jay Dudley
                            Retired Fire
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JayDudley
                              First let me start off saying that neither the Department I retired from or the one I work with now would anyone think of coming in shorts and flip-flops. If they did it would be "See you in Two". Chief Lepore is correct when he says "The room has eyes". The main reason that we have proctors is to keep everyone honest and look to see who wants the job and who shows up dressed to go to the beach. There is nothing wrong with taking a few extra minutes and put on at least...sports coat and tie. I know there are quite a lot more "Dorks" hired then joe surfs' if any. We look to see who has done their homework and is dressed for success.
                              They why bother having the test? Just have a fashion show every few years instead! Who cares about ability to learn and perform the job - I want people who know how to dress!

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