BRING OUT YOUR BEST SELF IN AN INTERVIEW

Paul Olson Interview Coach
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 Covid-19 Compliant 

Paul is following all recommended protocols.

All confidential interview preparation sessions are now being held via online video services using Zoom and Skype calls.

 
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Firefighter interview

COACHING

Entry Level Firefighter

to Fire Chief Promotional Preparation

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second career employment transition

Leverage your previous experience into that of your second career.

Who's hiring now

other included services

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Skype or Zoom video calls from the comfort of your home

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Resume review

About Paul Olson 

RPC, CIS, CES

Paul Olson is a retired Assistant Fire Chief Officer, who has worked extensively in the hiring processes, not only within the Fire Service, but also for corporate, not for profit, and private businesses.

 

Having conducted many interviews, as well as been successfully interviewed at senior management levels, he knows and understands both sides of the table. With a firm understanding of the roles each individual on the hiring panel has, he has been able to assist countless candidates seeking not only Fire Service related jobs but various other types of employment.

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His Approach

Paul takes a mentor approach to each individual, wanting to see candidates put forward their best possible presentation to the hiring panel. 

 

He has had his own successes and failures while trying to achieve his goals. To this, he understands the pressure the candidate is under when they finally get a shot at their dream job or a chance to promote to a senior management position. He takes what he does seriously.

His Credentials

Paul holds certificates in Human Resources Management and Business Management, inclusive of Recruitment and Selection through British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). He earned a Diploma in Professional Counseling from PLBC and is a current Registered Professional Counselor/Coach (RPC) with the Canadian Professional Counselors Association (CPCA). 

 

Additionally, he is also a member of Career Professionals of Canada through which he holds certifications as "Interview Strategist" and "Employment Strategist".

Paul is currently lecturing at the JIBC Maple Ridge Fire Academy as a Sessional Instructor on Firefighter Interview Preparation since May 2015.

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Testimonials from Past Clients

"Hi Paul, I got the position!!. Starting in a few weeks. Thanks again for your help. The coaching gave me great confidence in knowing how to approach the interview stage.  Also, I found great benefit in taking some time to reflect back on things. Cheers"
Roderick 

"Paul was a huge help in my success during the interview stages of the hiring processes I was apart of. Paul provides a framework for you to use when answering questions. I knew that I was someone who had a lot of experiences to draw from in the questions I would be asked, but my thoughts and ideas were at times disorganized and convoluted. Keeping Paul’s methods in mind during my interviews allowed me to answer questions in a logical and sequential manner which best conveyed my experiences and rationale.  Without Paul’s services I do not believe that I would have had the success I did during the interviews. If you are someone who is serious about obtaining a career in the fire service, seeing Paul is a must!  Set your ego aside and be receptive to Paul’s feedback. If you can do this, your chances of success during your interview will be improved greatly. Thank you again Paul! With your help, I now have my dream career as a firefighter. I can’t wait to get started! Thank You"

Nick Cirillo

"Hey, Paul! I’m so excited to inform you that I have officially been hired with the local Fire Department. I was always skeptical of getting an interview coach as I didn’t want to sound like a robot during my interview. You did the complete opposite for me as you gave me the confidence I needed to really sell myself as a person. I walked out of the interview so positive and I owe a huge chunk of my success to you. In only one session you gave me so much good advice and tips that stuck with me during my interview. You saved lives your whole career and now continue to make young adults dreams come true by helping and guiding them to their dream job. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me make my dream a reality. Hope to see you soon"

Roger Gill

How do I get started?


Either call or email Paul using the form above.




Where are you located?


Paul is based out of Surrey, BC. If you're far away he offers Skype video sessions.




How long does the coaching last?


The first session is a minimum of two hours. This is a full - packed meeting including resume review, training on the specifics of behavioral/competency based type questions and situational questions. What the panel’s job is in grading your interview performance, in terms of fulfilling the employer’s needs and what your job is in answering the panels questions properly so they can do their job in giving maximum deserved points. Also included in the first two hours is practicing mock interview questions.
At the completion of the meeting you will receive information paperwork was well as homework to take home. The homework given is designed to lay out a path to follow in terms of preparation of your upcoming interview. Although there are no requirements, based on the candidates desire to be fully prepared, further meetings are optional but recommended.




What if I'm located far away from you?


Paul prefers to meet candidates in person however it’s very common that this is not possible due to distance. In order to hear your answers and make recommendations on your body language, options such as SKYPE, messenger and or face time works exceptionally well. If a video meeting is scheduled you will receive needed documents for the meeting by email the day prior.





 

connect with Paul olson

To connect with​ Paul, fill out the form below.

Or call him direct 1-604-655-7765

Thanks for filling the form out! Paul will get back to you shortly!

 Covid-19 Compliant 

Paul is following all recommended protocols.

All confidential interview preparation sessions are now being held via online video services using Zoom and Skype calls.

frequently asked questions

(FAQ)

How do I get started?


Either call or email Paul using the form above.




Where are you located?


Paul is based out of Surrey, BC. If you're far away he offers Skype video sessions.




How long does the coaching last?


The first session is a minimum of two hours. This is a full - packed meeting including resume review, training on the specifics of behavioral/competency based type questions and situational questions. What the panel’s job is in grading your interview performance, in terms of fulfilling the employer’s needs and what your job is in answering the panels questions properly so they can do their job in giving maximum deserved points. Also included in the first two hours is practicing mock interview questions.
At the completion of the meeting you will receive information paperwork was well as homework to take home. The homework given is designed to lay out a path to follow in terms of preparation of your upcoming interview. Although there are no requirements, based on the candidates desire to be fully prepared, further meetings are optional but recommended.




What if I'm located far away from you?


Paul prefers to meet candidates in person however it’s very common that this is not possible due to distance. In order to hear your answers and make recommendations on your body language, options such as SKYPE, messenger and or face time works exceptionally well. If a video meeting is scheduled you will receive needed documents for the meeting by email the day prior.