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Interview Guidance

The interview is your opportunity to verbally demonstrate that you meet the competence criteria as stated in your Engineering Practice Report.
There are two types of interviews,

  • Competence Review: If you are successful you will gain CIBSE membership and be invited to apply for Engineering Council registration via the Alternative Route.
  • Professional Review: If successful you will gain CIBSE membership and registration with the Engineering Council. To be invited for a Professional Review interview you must meet the academic requirements as set by the Engineering Council.

Check your interview invitation for the type of interview you are schedule to attend.

There will be two interviewers present at your interview. They have undertaken CIBSE training and will be at the same level of membership and registration you are applying for or above.

Please note: There may be an observer present at your interview. This will be for training purposes or moderation by the Engineering Council.

Preparing your Presentation

Your presentation should be between 15 – 20 minutes long. It can be delivered by PowerPoint, in which case you will need to bring your own laptop, or by using a paper presentation. Be sure to bring two hard copies of your presentation for the interviewers.
The interviewers are looking for you to present projects and career episodes that support and expand on what you have written in your Engineering Practice Report. This is your opportunity to demonstrate how you satisfy each competence criteria.

Please click on the images below to view the appropriate Competence Criteria for the grade you are applying for.

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Structure your presentation slides in a logical manner, picking out the key elements from your report that demonstrate your competence.  If you decide to use photographs or diagrams, be sure they are relevant.

Take a look at some of our Sample Interview Presentations to see how past applicants have structured their presentations.

We recommend you practice your presentation a few times with your sponsor or colleague beforehand.

At the Interview

Your interview will last approximately one hour, there will be an introduction followed by your presentation.

During your interview, you will be asked questions and engage in discussion. The interviewers are looking to verify your knowledge and experience in all competence criteria.

For further information on how you will be assessed, view our Interview Documentation.
Remember the interviewers want you to succeed!


  • Make sure you have read and understood the CIBSE Code of Conduct
  • Take a look at some of our Case Studies and see how other CIBSE members found the interview experience
  • Time your presentation and make sure it is within the 15-20 minute timescale
  • Listen carefully to the questions you are asked and expect to do most of the talking
  • Wherever possible, answer questions in the first person. Use I not We

CIBSE’s Cancellation Policy

A considerable amount of resource is needed to arrange a CIBSE interview. Given that a small number of candidates cancel at very short notice or with no notice at all, the Institution has developed a policy to assist candidates requiring an interview.

  • A minimum of 5 working days is required for cancellation prior to the interview. A fee of 50% of the interview fee will be levied to re-arrange an interview in the event of less or no notice being given.
  • Discretion may be exercised by the Institution in the event that particular, unforeseen circumstances arise, e.g. illness.
  • Under the timetabled system for conducting interviews for Competence Review and Professional Review, should a candidate cancel his/her interview, the Institution cannot guarantee that a new interview can be set up prior to the following interview period.

Every attempt is made to ensure interviews are arranged at the convenience of candidates. Please help us to provide the standard of service that fellow interviewees and volunteer members conducting interviews can reasonably expect.