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The Step-By-Step Guide to Your Chartership Application

Back to Step 7: Submit Your Application

Step 8: Prepare For Your Interview

Two Scrutineers will have been appointed to assess your application and to conduct your Validation interview. You will be told who they are and their affiliations prior to the interview. If you think that there might be a conflict of interest with either or both then you should contact the Chartership Officer who will ensure that the conflict is resolved either by arranging to change the interviewer(s) or through discussion.

The Scrutineers have been told that they should determine if you have the necessary geoscience/science knowledge and competencies for the area in which you work. They will look to see that you have demonstrated the use of these competencies in the design and execution of projects, including the collection of data and their use in the development of predictive models and problem solving.

Prior to the interview the Scrutineers will assess your documentation and if they feel that it does not show sufficient evidence of your competencies they may send the application back to you for strengthening. For this reason please do not book your travel arrangements or time off until your interview is confirmed. Sending back the application inevitably would delay your assessment and subsequent Chartership election but it will have been done to ensure that your best case for Chartership has been made.

They may request that you bring to the interview a hard copy of any of your documents for them to see and discuss with you. Be sure that you have fully up to date knowledge of each document submitted and your role in their production and don’t rely on your memory of something done some time ago.

Prepare a short presentation (typically 15 minutes) in which you showcase a project (or projects) or a piece of work that you have done that demonstrates your fulfilment of the Chartership criteria. Try not to go through information that the Scrutineers will have already read, such as your career step by step, or the overview of the criteria. An interesting presentation will lead to discussion around your best work and not areas where you may not be too familiar. If possible try out this presentation with your colleagues and get their opinions on how it might be improved. The presentation will normally be expected to be done using a laptop screen. If for some reason you wish to use a data projector then you will have to provide this.

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