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RICS APC Lifeline - Perfecting Your Presentation

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What is today's blog about?

Today's blog article will focus on your final assessment - specifically about how you can perfect your case study presentation. Essential reading for RICS APC and AssocRICS candidates.

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Why is this relevant?

A key component of your RICS APC is the final assessment interview. 

The interview lasts 1 hour and is structured as follows:

  • 3-4 minutes - introduction by the chairperson

  • 10 minutes - your case study presentation

  • 10 minutes - case study and presentation questioning

  • 25 minutes - assessors' questioning

  • 10 minutes - chairperson's questioning, with a focus on mandatory competencies, ethics and Rules of Conduct

  • 1-2 minutes - chairperson closes the interview, including your opportunity to go back to any questions - you have the last word!

In this article, we will focus specifically on your case study presentation.

What is the case study presentation?

This is the first main element of your final assessment interview. 

What are the assessors looking for?

  • Level 3 reasoned advice across more than 1 competency

  • Good presentation skills

  • Professional presentation (written/verbal/non-verbal)

  • Effective communication

  • Logical structure

  • A competent surveyor in front of them!

How long do I have?

10 minutes, no more and no less. 

If you go over the 10 minutes, the chairperson will stop you. There's nothing more off-putting than being stopped mid-sentence, so read on and we'll help you to perfect your presentation...

The most important thing to do is practice, practice and practice even more. Prepare your presentation and practice giving it to anyone and everyone you know - make sure you use a stopwatch each time to check how close you are to 10 minutes.

By the time you come to sit your assessment, you should be a natural at giving your presentation within 10 minutes. Remember on the day to take your time to speak calmly - it's easy to rush if you are nervous.

Can I use presentation software?

Simply put, no. There are no presentation facilities. You do have other options though...

Can I take in visual aids?

Yes! These are great. Consider taking in an A4/A3 flipchart or one page handout for the panel. If you take the latter, make sure you have 5 copies (3 for your panel, 1 for you and 1 spare in case you lose/ruin one of the others).

Keep the visual aids relatively simple. 

Things you could include are:

  • Location map

  • Photo of your property

  • Table of comparable evidence

  • Other table or photograph to support your presentation

Some tips for presentation of your visual aids:

  • Make sure that any text is large enough to read and in a visible colour and font style

  • Print in sufficiently high quality and make the formatting as professional as possible

  • If you include text, use bullet points and keep the text as concise as possible

  • Don't use comic sans...

The visual aid is a great opportunity to show that you can communicate effectively in written and graphic/image format, so ensure that you make the most of it.

Can I take in cue cards or a script?

We love cue cards, we really don't like scripts. 

Cue cards can help to keep you on track and jog your memory if your lose your place. Keep them brief and to the point and make sure that you can read your own writing. Even better, print them out if you prefer.

You shouldn't need a script if you have prepared thoroughly - it doesn't look professional and won't inspire confidence in the assessors. You have plenty of time to prepare so there's no reason for your presentation being anything less than amazing.

Can I take in an iPad or laptop?

No - we don't recommend doing this.

You won't have access to a power socket and generally if something can go wrong with IT, it will (and usually at the worst possible moment). 

Screens are also generally small and hard to read from across the table.

In all honesty, there's no real reason you would need to take an iPad or laptop into the interview - focus on being the best you instead. 

What should my presentation include?

Your presentation should demonstrate your reasoned advice, i.e. level 3 competencies. Try to cover at least one, if not more, in your presentation.

The assessors will already have read your case study in full, so we recommend focussing your presentation on one of your key issues. This will enable you to go into further depth on an interesting or challenging issue, which will add to what the assessors already know.

Also remember that you only have 10 minutes and there's no way you could cover everything (all 3,000 words) in this short time period. It's likely that you'll only be able to cover c. 1,200-1,400 words within 10 minutes.

For example, a case study on a lease renewal could translate into a presentation which focuses on the key issue of assessment of rental value (i.e. comparable evidence and valuation) or negotiations including serving notices and/or interim rent advice. 

Your visual aids should, of course, be relevant to the content of your presentation.

How do I structure my presentation?