Well I am putting this discussion up for the youngsters out there whom have not been into a hiring process yet.
We know how this works from the applicants eyes. But how does it look to the departments eyes?
When you go to the Informational meeting to pick up your packet or just filling out the application. How is the best approach should you talk to the people there as if it were an interview or should you move along and get the app and leave? How should you dress? What should you say?
Ok now we have our app in and its test day. We know that the entire process you are being interviewed from the moment you step through the door to pick up the application. But how do you act around the ones your in competition with . Is it prefered that you dont really converse with them? Should you be best friends for life? Me personally I think its more of a speak when spoken to approach. But again what does the Department want to see?
Wow were still here we have done the app blew the Cpat test away and rocked out that written test with a 95. We can still screw up this interview. I have done it heck I did it the other day. You walk into a room and there are 4, 5, or 6 guys sittn at a table. We know this is a scare tactic. You are trying to be overwelmed to see your reaction and how you handle it. You walk up and shake there hands do you introduce yourself to everyone or just the first person? When they tell you to have a seat and everyone is seated should you be first or last? Ok the questons are being asked now. When answering do you answer to the whole panel or just the person asking the question? What about the questions that they ask twice? Are they just trying to trick you into changing your answer? We had an interview class in my academy in which the instructor proved a point. He is on interview board around there and he made one of the younger members of our academy step out the purpose was to see how much ridacule he could take before he had to go and how he handled it. It took a while and I was proud of him for it.
Please if you have been to an interview or have conducted one lend us your knowledge. Help us on the way to getting a start on our careers.
Oh and one thing I made the mistake of getting on a department just because I wanted on a paid department. Dont take the first thing you get make sure that the department you are applying for is the one that you want to be at. It took me a while to figure that out but know that I have I am trying for where I want to be well the general area.