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    What would be proper attire for a written test?
    Thankyou for any info.
    Joe Schutz

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    Originally posted by Quickwrench34 View Post
    What would be proper attire for a written test?
    Thankyou for any info.
    Joe Schutz
    There really us no "proper attire", you will see people in shorts and a bob marley shirt, and people in shirts and ties. You will not to need to wear a suit - but I would look decent. I make it a point to dress as nice as possible for every part of the process...just because you never know!

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    • #3
      Looking nice is certainly a good idea. I would also recommend dressing comfortably. Get an idea of the conditions at the test site. Will it be cold or warm? Nothing worse than trying to concentrate on test questions when you're sweating or shivering. My test was in a convention center with over 2200 other applicants, and I was looking classier than half of 'em in my shorts and t-shirt. Save the suit for the oral!

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      • #4
        I encourage my friends to wear a suit and a tie. Is it overkill? ABSOLUTELY!

        People will make the argument that you want to be comfortable and that no one cares what you wear. You should listen to them…..


        The smart candidates realize that most portions of the exams are proctored by firefighters. We notice things. Your hope is that dressed in a suit and tie will get the attention of the firefighters who are proctoring the exam.

        It’s an good first impression that hopefully opens the door with one of the firefighters. Maybe it results in an invitation to the station to meet the crew.

        We hire people we believe are going to be successful. It’s difficult to hire good people. The more we learn about a candidate and the better we know him or her, the better their chance of getting hired.

        You need to remember that the next phase of the testing process is the interview. The same firefighters often are on the interview panel. Word of a good candidate spreads.

        We all want to hire good people. Wear what you want. Take a look around at a few dressed in a suit. Pay close attention because the next time you take the exam there is a good chance you will recognize them. This time they may be wearing a different suit, one with badge.

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

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        • #5
          One of the very few times I might disagree with Paul. I would not wear a suit to a written test.

          From my experience taking writtens, its a hurry-hurry process that time delayed and usually runs late. People are checking in, grabbing pencils and other test supplies. The FD and test proctors are in a rush and usually overwhelmed as well. With that in mind, you sticking out in a sea of 2000 people might not work as planned.

          Now me- I always wore a nice set of jeans, t-shirt and if needed a sweat shirt if its cold. I like to dress comfortable when sweating and answering a 100+ question test in a compress time format.

          NOTHING worn should be fire department related. REPEAT- Do NOT wear some "I fight what you fear" or "Tilwater Volunteer FD" shirt to a written test. It looks lame and unprofessional.

          And I will admit, I have bad luck. Yup, with my luck, that suit being work to the written would end up with a stain, torn or something like that.

          Jeans and a nice collared shirt would also work. Remember, the fireworks come on at the oral boards and thats where they will remember you. Dress the part then.

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          • #6
            wear something "business casual" but comfortable - not a suit... maybe a pair of khakis and a polo shirt or something along those lines. Something you can fit your pencils, calculator, paperwork, etc. into and be ready to go.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by LPFD53 View Post
              wear something "business casual" but comfortable - not a suit... maybe a pair of khakis and a polo shirt or something along those lines. Something you can fit your pencils, calculator, paperwork, etc. into and be ready to go.
              I'd have to agree with LPFD, its in-between uncomfortable in a suit and being the guy who wears flip flops and a BFE Volunteer Fire department shirt. Not that there is anything wrong with BFE VFD, but no one really cares where you've been before. Same goes for female applicants, a pair of nice slacks and a comfortable but business casual shirt or sweater are probably good.

              I took a number of written tests before getting hired, some with as many as 2000 applicants. You probably won't be making a serious impression on anybody that day, but you never know. Make sure you have the other stuff you need (pencils, ID's, certs, copies of your certs, etc.)

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              • #8
                Sorry for the double post!
                Last edited by thelife; 02-02-2007, 11:24 AM.

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                • #9
                  With big city tests holding their written over a number of days with thousands of applicants, I don't think wearing a suit is going to gice you an advantage in the process. Of course you wouldn't want to wear a tshirt with a picture of a marijuana leaf on it either. Scoring well on the written might be difficult while you're sweating bullets in a suit and tie. It doesn't matter how nice you look if you don't pass.... and to be honest it probably doesn't matter how bad you look if you score high.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by CALFFBOU View Post

                    NOTHING worn should be fire department related. REPEAT- Do NOT wear some "I fight what you fear" or "Tilwater Volunteer FD" shirt to a written test. It looks lame and unprofessional.
                    Cal is right on that one.

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                    • #11
                      i wear something that looks pretty good, but I don't dress to impress by any means. I dress to be comfrotable when taking the test. I wear a nice pair of jeans or khakis, a polo, and one of those nice looking fleece pull over things. That way I can be comfortable in a wide range of temperatures.

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                      • #12
                        Wear what makes you comfortable, for a written, it does not matter. Don't show up in a wifebeater, and cut off jeans. I have helped proctor tests, and none of us could have cared less what applicants wore, within reason. Nobody knows you, nor will they remember you in a sea of applicants for a written. Later in the process is when you dress for success, and then it does matter.

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                        • #13
                          I'd dress a little nicer if it's a smaller dept. There will be less people taking the test. At a large dept. with 2000 people, they won't remember you.

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                          • #14
                            polo and khaki's work everytime. not too dressed, not too bummed

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                            • #15
                              Thankyou

                              THankyou for all your input. I just got to the city I'm testing in and will be hanging out for a couple days to get to know the area, and maybe do a station tour or two. Wish me Luck!!

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