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Firefighter and EMT Interview Closing

There are those who would tell you to raise the flag and beat the drum with a lot of fanfare in your closing statement. Please spare the interviewers this part. Understand if you haven't done a great job in the body of your presentation, you're not going to make it up in the closing, and repeating it over again will not help. Don't forget that the closing part of an interview is where you call on the emotions of the interviewers to give you the job. Don't reiterate. Some try to do repair work, most of the time if you screwed up the question the first time you will most likely just make things worse. The question is done, move on and leave it alone. Use only the key points not already covered in your script. Without being boring or lengthily, thank the panel for their time, tell them why you really want the job and with your qualifications hope to be considered for the position. Then shut up and get out of the building. Or you might say something you regret. We had a guy one day ace his oral. After his closing, he said, "Well, if I don't get this job I can always fall back on that part time painters job." The panel couldn't believe what this guy just said after acing his oral. Did it hurt his score? Yes!!!

Courtesy of Fire Capt. Bob, @ www.eatstress.com Capt. Bob Smith, Speaker, Author, Publisher, Information Products. 5565 Black Ave. Pleasanton 94566 Phone: (925) 846-3959

Chit Chat & Handouts
Generally handing out material in an entry level oral is not a good idea because it upsets the normal flow of the interview and takes up too much time. The review panel probably won't read them anyway. The time to have this material read is before you walk into the room. Have it placed with your application before the day of the test.

Don't Chitty Chat! You don't have enough time to chitty chat. I would be careful chatting after your interview. You might say something that you weren't prepared for or something that could hurt you. You are applying for a rookie position. If you came across as too familiar, it could work against you. Explaining past work history like Vol. work/Reserves/Paid call/etc doesn't give you any time in this situation. In fact it can give you false impressions that it can give you an advantage. The reviewers are not your friends. They are looking for reasons to eliminate.

Courtesy of Capt. Bob @ www.eatstress.com Capt. Bob Smith, Speaker, Author, Publisher, Information Products. 5565 Black Ave. Pleasanton 94566 Phone: (925) 846-3959

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