We ran almost 20 applicants through our Physical Agility Test this morning. We use a modified version of the firefighter combat challenge. Trained and certified proctors, as well as some OT helpers, administer the test in the parking lot behind one of our stations. It’s always interesting to watch but I can’t help but feel badly for anyone who fails. Even then, I’d say it’s about 75% mental and most who fail probably just don’t want it enough.
The one overwhelming thought that always hits me when we do these PAT rounds: I’m so glad I’ll never have to do that, and the whole hiring process, again (I hope).
What about your department, what physical testing do new hires have to pass to get a job?