How long do you think you have in an oral board to impress the raters into listening to you? You have 32 seconds. In that first 32 seconds the board is checking out what you’re wearing (the strongest non-verbal statement you can make), eye contact, choice or words and what signature stories you start with to hook the panel into listening to you.
The first oral board question could be, "What sparked your interest and why do you want to be a firefighter?" You proceed by giving the same clone answers the oral board has heard from almost every candidate for five days. Public service, giving back to the community, helping people, camaraderie, etc. The magic 32 seconds has passed and you have not made the impression you needed to make. Take the time to develop a unique answer and make sure your appearance is pleasing to the older generation. NO JEWALRY AND COVER THE TATTOS!!!
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