"Prob" wrote:I'm in my first fire recruitment and have an aptitude test coming up next month. I know that for the interview phase suits are pretty much mandatory, but what about the testing? I know its not required, but I also dont want to be the only chump not wearing one. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
I would suggest business casual. A collared shirt and a pair of khakis is what I've worn in the past. You never really know who watching you at these recruitments, especially the smaller ones. I think wearing a suit is overkill, but you don't want to look like a bum either (e.i. don't wear a hat and shave).
"t_lag" wrote:I would suggest business casual. A collared shirt and a pair of khakis is what I've worn in the past. You never really know who watching you at these recruitments, especially the smaller ones. I think wearing a suit is overkill, but you don't want to look like a bum either (e.i. don't wear a hat and shave).
I think business casual is the absolute minimum. Shirt, Tie, Khakis and a sports jacket (the dress one...not a Maple Leafs one ) would be my suggestion. You want to look like you want a career and are professional enough to deserve it!
Chiefs have been known to come in and watch testing to get an impression on the new possibilities. Do you want to be the guy under-dressed? You can always take off a sports coat, but you can't fabricate one out of thin air.
Best of luck,
North of 60
PS. And PLEASE...Don't wear runners with your classy looking outfit or white socks with your black pants...it just looks tacky and you will look like you are just dressing up for the first time.
Reason: adding a PS
DFCSmash - "THAT, North_of_60, is the best damned response yet to this thread."
Another thing that I cant believe I have witnessed in the last couple of recruitments I have wrote for.....the HR person or Fire dept representive have to actually tell the crowd to remove their hats.Just dont wear one!
Keep in mind these tests can be fairly stressful due to the importance we place on them, so you also want to keep comfort in mind.
As others mentioned, shave and don't wear a hat.
I think you want to blend in at the aptitude test, not stand out. For that reason I've never worn a full suit, on the other extreme I've never worn jeans and a t-shirt with dirty sneakers.
At the interview I wore black pants, a blue shirt and black tie. I don't feel comfortable in suits, it's not my style. Nothing looks worse than a guy who obviously never wears a suit and buys a junk one from Moores. The main thing at an interview is your answers, be comfortable.
PS: Don't wear a hat, look at the job you're applying for. Those doing any scrutinizing grew up in an era where you just didn't wear hats indoors. It's seen as a matter of respect for the establishment you're in.
"Are we moving too far ahead, or are you falling too far behind"
Drive to the testing place with a marked FD unit.
And while in line or waiting to get in, talk loudly about your qualifications, talk about how you hate such and such, or how close you were to getting hired at XYZ.
One thing being on this side of the fence, is HR and associates love to blend into a crowd and listen intently to your conversations.
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