Then after that they told me when you get out of the building you see the infants family and what do you say to them.
So I said that I would say I was sorry for what happened and explain the situation the best way I was able under the circumstances. Then they told me that next the media approaches me and what do you say to them. So I said that I would given the circumstances of what I had just been through I would have another officer speak to them because now just wasn't a good time.
Like most candidates he took the bait on saving your partner. So the correct answer is to save the infant? The key here is one word from your EMT training that is "Triage". Which of the two is in worse condition or can not be saved. As for the media, remember the chain of command. Discuss the situation with your supervisor and allow him to address the media. What you say in a stressful moment could cause a lot of trouble for your department.
Capt. Bob Smith, Speaker, Author, Publisher, Information Products. Phone: (925) 846-3959 or online at: eatstress.com
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