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  • #16

    I'm with zzyyzx...I to have not heard of a practicle during an oral interview. Like it was said
    "You can always clean the suit." Congratulations on your new job and good luck...
    Jay Dudley
    Retired Fire
    Background Investigator
    Lifetime Member CSFA
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    • #17
      Not common but anything is possible on smaller departments where they might have volunteers.

      This from Tom Dominguez:

      A while back, I had a hand crew test where the interviews were held within minutes after completion of the agility. The agency expected dripping wet and smelly candidates. I took along my suit and a few towels and I found a hose bib and washed up as best I could.

      I put my suit on and went into my interview. As it turned out, the interview panel was most surprised that someone would wear a suit for a hand crew job. Needless to say, I got the job offer!

      From time to time, I take classes held at various fire agencies. When those agencies are holding interviews and I am there taking a class,during breaks, I still see numerous candidates showing up in Levis, Dockers and shirts with no ties. No point in shooting yourself in the foot! The moral of the story is ALWAYS wear a suit! Wear a suit for any interview, no matter what the title of the position, unless you have been instructed otherwise. Best wishes.

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

      More Tips on getting hired and promoted by Firehouse Contributing Author Fire “Captain Bob” Articles here:

      Fire "Captain Bob"



      • #18
        I coached a guy for a small department in the Midwest. He called me after his interview and said the chief had the best cheapest lie detector ever. About halfway through his chief’s interview the chief asked him how much he could bench-press. He said a few pound more then he usually did and the chief asked him to stand up and take off his jacket. As he did a guy was behind a curtain, right there in the chief’s office, putting the weight he said onto a bar.

        He said it took all he had but he was able to get it up once, he thinks the spotter my have had a little pity on him. As the chief was wrapping up the interview, he said he didn’t have enough money in the budget to do a big background but he found that the guys that lie will lie about everything they think you can’t check and were very surprised to see the bar behind the curtain. He said about half lied, but everyone of the got in there and gave it a try.

        Good Luck, Capt Rob
        Good Luck, Capt Rob


        • #19
          On all of the letters my department sends out to candidates for things like interviews, background orientations, and academy orientations, "business casual" is listed as proper attire. Anyone who shows up in anything other than a suit and tie gets the roasting of a lifetime.

          Congrats on your success!


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