Capt Bob Smith's It's Your Turn in the
Hot Seat CD!
Here's how the "It's Your Turn in the Hot Seat" CD program was created. During two live seminars the candidates volunteered to sit in the
"hot seat" not knowing in advance what the next oral board question would be. Everyone quickly learned what they thought was prepared and unique fell short of getting top scores, especially those candidates
who volunteered to give it their best shot. You won't believe what these, I thought I was ready, candidates said! This also applied to many in the packed room who gave their .02 cents as the questions were opened up to
You've spent time, money and put your life on hold to gain the necessary education and experience to become
a firefighter. Your oral board will determine the future. It's game day. You have around 20 minutes to stun the oral board into giving you the opportunity to ride big red. Are you ready to sit in the hot seat and see
what you've got?
Keep in mind too that in a 20-minute interview you will have about 5-6 questions and answers. One candidate who arrived late at the seminar leaped at the opportunity for the next
question. Once he was in the hot seat he was asked the question, "What do you know about our department?"
The candidate proceeded to give this fast, rapid fire, long endless answer. It was like he was trying
to cram everything in he could think of down to fine details. Just when you though he was coming in for a landing, he touched down and took flight again. You could see the glaze coming over those in the room (as you
would see from an oral board panel) as he continued.
When he finally ended the first comment from the room was, wasn't that answer too long? The attendees saw first hand how these long endless salvo drop
answers can start to work against you to the point of overkill, making you sound anal. Oh, yea this is the guy we want to stick in a station and drive everyone else crazy.
One candidate said he had
been told by many other candidates and firefighters to keep answering until they stop you. Well, put your self in the position of a panel member and you have to stop this guy to get him to shut up. How would you rate
If you go endless in your answers, you might get cut off before you got to deliver some of the best stuff.
Goes along with what a BC with a large agency that had not been on entry-level interviews for a while said. In one word "Boring". Few stellar characters. We need to set a
time limit. Even though there was a 20-minute allotted time, HR would not let the panels cut any one that wanted to go longer. He said, how can a 22-year old talk for 40 minutes on endless stuff they have seen and
done? Make the point and end your answer please. It's day 12 and we're tired.
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