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IEng Interview Presentation

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IEng Interview Presentation

Posted by Lee Berrey on Feb 11, 2019 2:21 pm

Good afternoon All,

I've been informed of the date for my IEng interview - but i've got just one area i am unsure about, and that's the 15 minute presentation i've to provide at the start of this interview.

I've tried looking all over the internet for examples of interview presentations, just to get a feel for the sort of "look" they should have, and what balance of text/images, and details of text written on them.

Does anyone know of any examples online? I just want to make sure i get the structure and level of detail / infomation etc correct. I don't want it to end up looking over technical, or missing the type of infomation the interviewers would want to see.

Any assistance is greatly appreciated!

Lee.

Re: IEng Interview Presentation

Posted by Kathryn Bain on Feb 11, 2019 2:32 pm

Hi Lee,

There is a video on IET.tv that explains the basics of the interview: https://www.theiet.org/career/professional-registration/getting-help-with-your-application/your-professional-review-interview/ along with the guidance notes.

We suggest a STAR model response, that is Situation, Task, Action, Result - as this can help you to structure the presentation to explain the A & B competences, which is what you should focus on.  I would recommend one or two technical projects/solutions that you have worked on rather than a general career discussion as well, as this is what the interviewers will be looking for.

You don't have to use powerpoint, although many people do, and if you can bring a visual into the interview this can help explain what you are doing in a more tangible sense which often helps.

Hopefully that will give you a few hints on places to start.

 
Kathryn Bain, Senior Product Advisor (Initial Professional Development and Mentoring), The Institution of Engineering & Technology, (IET Staff) Any views are my own views and do not necessarily represent those of the IET

Re: IEng Interview Presentation

Posted by Lee Berrey on Feb 11, 2019 2:38 pm

Thanks for that Kathryn, 

I've watched the video a couple of times - most of it seems straight forward with exception of the presentation aspect.

I have opted for the power point presentation mode, as i mainly work in design and im doing the interview over webcam as im abroad. Either way, bringing a physical example would be difficult.

I will do some research on your idea of the STAR model, that seems an easy enough idea to understand. And it would fit nicely into my area of work (design). Thanks for your help!

Re: IEng Interview Presentation

Posted by Alasdair Anderson on Feb 11, 2019 3:31 pm

Lee Berrey:
......what balance of text/images, and details of text written on them......
Lee.

Lee,
The big problem with Powerpoint is everybody does it differently. What you need to do is have something you are comfortable with. My only advice is don't fill the slides with text and then read them out. The slides should amplify what you are talking about, not repeat it. I personally try to balance pictures and text but if there are no relevant pictures then am not worried if a slide is all text (provided there is not too much of it).
I would suggest that you talk over what you are going to present with a PRA and have a practice in giving the presentation to somebody (ideally this would be the PRA but as PRAs are volunteers he/she may not have the time/opportunity). You may then get some constructive comments that can be incorporated before the interview.
If you need further clarification on anything, don't be afraid to post the question - you will find everyone on this forum will be willing to offer advice (albeit sometimes conflicting....)
Alasdair

Re: IEng Interview Presentation

Posted by Lee Berrey on Feb 12, 2019 1:14 pm

Thanks Alasdair. I shall keep those points in mind. 

Re: IEng Interview Presentation

Posted by Lee Berrey on Feb 12, 2019 1:35 pm

I also forgot to mention everyone,

I work in design, so if i use some of my designs in the presentation - can i use any design (even if it has not been installed yet), or should i stick to only projects that have already been completed?

Re: IEng Interview Presentation

Posted by Alasdair Anderson on Feb 12, 2019 2:12 pm

Lee,
You can use any design, even those not installed, but if you do, how are you going to cope with the question "....and what was the outcome?"
Alasdair

Re: IEng Interview Presentation

Posted by Lee Berrey on Feb 13, 2019 9:39 am

That's a true point Alasdair, however the majority of my more "interesting" projects have only just gone out to tender or about to start. I may have to use a mix of less interesting completed jobs and the more interesting jobs which have just started (but not yet completed).

Re: IEng Interview Presentation

Posted by Alasdair Anderson on Feb 13, 2019 9:54 am

Lee,
In that case I would suggest use one and you just have to work out what you are going to say the outcome has been so far. Various options are "I was therefore able to achieve a competitive bid which met all the Client's aims" through to "Through this I was able to submit a bid for an area of work that our company had not previously worked in."  The important thing is to have an answer and not say "I don't know yet."
Alasdair

Re: IEng Interview Presentation

Posted by Lee Berrey on Feb 13, 2019 10:20 am

Thanks for that tip Alasdair. All noted!

Re: IEng Interview Presentation

Posted by Graham Prebble on Feb 13, 2019 11:24 am

Lee - first thing is not to stress about it. It is not a death-by-powerpoint exercise, but a focal point for you to present and discuss a piece of work that you are proud of.

The real purpose is for you to pick a piece of work you substantively worked on that helps get over your A&B competencies particularly ... just think 4, may 5 slides - not too busy.. just top level that allow you to talk.

what is the problem
what was my approach
what options and technical judgement did I take
what was the result
what did I learn

Lots of scope to bring in section C D & E material to support (planning, communications, Safety etc)

It is not meant to be an ordeal, but to help you relax by talking about something you are very familiar with and proud of.

Good luck
Eur Ing Graham Prebble BSc MBA CEng IET Volunteer PRA, Assessor and Interviewer

Re: IEng Interview Presentation

Posted by Ronald McMurtrie on Feb 13, 2019 11:44 am

"to help you relax by talking about something you are very familiar with and proud of."

Excellent advice, Graham, for every I Eng and CEng candidates, as is your reference to including mention of Competences C, D and E, since these are equally crucial to any successful project.

Ron McMurtrie

Re: IEng Interview Presentation

Posted by Lee Berrey on Feb 13, 2019 12:18 pm

Thank you Graham and Ronald, both very valid points ill be taking on board regarding ensuring i cover the competency categories in the presentation.

Now i've just to think through how to incorporate competency E/E5, as im unsure what exactly constituites rigour, honesty, integrity, respect for law-life-public good. I suspect repeating my employers official values will not surfice!

Re: IEng Interview Presentation

Posted by Alasdair Anderson on Feb 13, 2019 3:04 pm

Lee,
Don't go out of your way to ensure all the competencies are covered in the presentation as the presentation is supposed to show the A and B competencies. The others tend to be covered (particularly D2 as that is presenting findings to others - i.e. giving a presentation) as they are part of the way you work but don't let the A and B competency coverage suffer through trying to get in examples of all competencies. Anything that you don't seem to have covered in the presentation will be drawn out of you in the subsequent discussion, possibly without you realising it.
For E5, I would suggest taking a look at the case studies in ethics that are on the IET website. These give hypothetical situations and ask what your response would be. Working through a case study is not the sort of thing you can offer as evidence in your interview, but it gives you an idea of the sort of evidence that might be appropriate from your own experience. I should say the case studies were in the "Professional Ethics" area of the old website - where they are now I couldn't tell you.
Alasdair

Re: IEng Interview Presentation

Posted by Timothy East on Feb 24, 2019 4:57 pm

Hi Lee

I went through the interview process a year ago and was successful.

I chose not to use powerpoint and gave a verbal presentation instead. I presented some headlines of the topics in advance.This worked quite nicely because I invited them to ask questions as I went along which took the pressure off a bit. They only want see you cover the competencies - the interviewers were from completely unrelated fields of engineering in my instance.

Honestly the process is not as daunting as it seems and the hour passes by very quickly. 

The worst bit is the weeks of waiting afterwards!

I wish you the best of luck 

Tim

Re: IEng Interview Presentation

Posted by Dave Cook on Apr 17, 2019 3:23 pm

Timothy's idea is best; however, it does require some skill and confidence to deliver it. Remember that PowerPoint is a tool that delivers a visual element to your presentation.  Make it memorable visually and keep the text to a minimum. You do not want your audience reading 50-60 words from each slide. Lastly, practice your presentation in front of friends or family to check the timing and to build confidence. Good luck with the I Eng😊
 

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