Top tips for passing your peer review interview

The peer review interview (PRI) is the final part of IOSH's Initial Professional Development process to become a Chartered Member. Once members have completed the elements successfully, such as a skills development portfolio, open assessment and/or a CPD audit, they will be invited to book a PRI.

Here are a number of useful tips to think about when preparing for your interview:

  • It’s important to remember that the panel of interviewers want to know about you. Quite often, members use “we” – meaning “my organisation”. Be mindful that the interview seeks to bring together the learning and development that YOU have completed on YOUR journey through the IPD process.
  • Prepare well. It might sound obvious, but make sure you can confidently talk about your route to PRI – whether that’s being able to tease out information from your CPD entries, or by talking through your skills development portfolio.
  • The interview will start with a 10-minute presentation from you about your career history, qualifications, achievements and current responsibilities. Don’t be afraid to include your career aspirations and any future plans you may have. Also, while 10 minutes is a rough guide in terms of time, please be mindful that a 20-minute presentation could have a knock-on effect on others who are there for interview, so please be respectful.
  • Keep in mind that there are no trick interview questions. All the panel want to know, and want you to demonstrate, is that you hold the underlying knowledge required of a Chartered Member

IOSH’s Staffordshire Branch recently recorded a mock PRI designed to familiarise IOSH members with the process and boost their confidence.

In this film, Mark James, Chair of the Branch, plays the part of an interviewee and is joined by IOSH Vice President Jonathan Hughes and a panel of OSH experts to show members what they can expect in a PRI.

The video is a useful resource for members interested in learning more and preparing for their own PRIs. Watch it below:

For more details about the IPD process, please contact membership@iosh.com  

 

Alex Phillimore
Communications Officer +44 (0)116 257 3254 / +44 (0)7980 004494
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