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RICS APC Lifeline - Top 5 Case Study Presentation Handout Tips

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

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What is today's blog about?

Today, we will focus on our top 5 tips to perfect your case study presentation handout. This is because how to get your handout right is a very common question we are asked by RICS APC candidates leading up to their final assessment interview. 

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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!

What are our top 5 tips for a fantastic case study presentation handout?

  1. Make it useful, simple and clear, i.e. large, professional diagrams or figures and avoid using extensive, small text. A good example for a valuation instruction would be to include a location map, photograph and comparable schedule

  2. Use your handout to enhance your presentation, rather than detract from it - ideally use an A3 page format split into thirds or quarters. We prefer this to a flip chart, which can be hard to position for all of your panel to see and you can end up hiding behind it

  3. Make sure you refer to your handout during your 10 minute case study presentation - if you don't, there's not much point in taking it in

  4. Print in high quality on thick paper or card, ideally laminated so it still looks 'client ready' and highly professional by the time you step into the interview room

  5. Make sure you take in sufficient copies, ideally 5, i.e. one for you, one for each of your 2 or 3 assessment panel members and one spare (just in case!)

The presentation handout 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.

How can we help?

  • Book your e-mock interview online, which includes our pre- and post-interview feedback on your presentation handout.

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N.b. Nothing in this article constitutes legal, professional or financial advice.


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