About the Author

P. Lamont Ewell began his public sector career as a Firefighter in Compton, California. He later joined the Prince George’s County, Maryland Fire Department as a Chief Officer and went on to become Fire Chief for the City of Oakland, California. From 1995-1996, he served as President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He left the fire service to become a City Manager. During this phase of his career he served as deputy city manager, assistant city manager and ultimately was appointed to the top seat, successfully managing three different cities; San Diego, California; Santa Monica, California; and Durham, North Carolina. At each city, he recruited and hired dynamic, forward-thinking Police and Fire Chiefs who understood the importance of being leaders.

Excerpts from Reaching for the Gold

. . . As you know, during an interview, you must articulate your core values, share your experience and creative ideas, and in an organized and crystal clear manner, demonstrate your technical abilities, while simultaneously exhibiting energy, leadership abilities, rftgBOOKphoto2and great interpersonal skills and passion for your profession as you enthusiastically establish an instantaneous bond with the panel – all within a specified period of time!

. . . The simple truth is that for one to have a powerful interview, it will require you to demonstrate substance, ability and confidence. Each one of these attributes can be demonstrated if you carefully plan and prepare in advance of an interview. Yet, even with this knowledge, it has been suggested that less than five percent of those preparing for upward mobility in any profession are willing to put forth the necessary time and attention to achieve desired results.