A very strange way to enjoy a Saturday morning!

Last Saturday morning I had my CITP (version 2) interview in order to become a CITP assessor.  It involved a 10-minute presentation followed by an interview with 2 people I had not met before and it was all to be carried out online using Adobe Connect Pro.

I am used to delivering online presentations so the process bit did not concern me, but the audience did.  I was delivering to two respected BCS peers I had not met before, one of whom was not in the UK at the time so the psychological distance between us seemed immense.  I had no idea what they would ask or whether they even knew very much about my specialism of Learning and Development.  I am more used to delivering training to L&D specialists around a topic that the audience probably knows little about because that is their reason for attending.  These guys know an awful lot about an awful lot that I know nothing about so it was getting a bit daunting as 11 am drew near.

The technology worked well, although a bit of time on my own to prepare would have been great and I am sure that for less experienced interviewees it would be essential because one is very aware of 'being watched' on video when uploading slides etc and this can be very disconcerting.  As an assessor it also poses a problem because you almost need to pretend that it is not happening, whilst making the interviewee feel as at ease as possible.

And my assessors did make me feel very at ease – they were friendly and professional and with a little bit of flattery they soon got me thinking that I was as valued and respected a member of the profession as they are.  By the time we had finished our discussions I felt appropriately interrogated and challenged whilst, at the same time enjoying the experience.  It was a pleasurable way to spend a Saturday morning.  That has to be right way to do this and I am looking forward to hearing the outcome.  If I did not hit the mark then it was entirely of my doing because the process worked.  I now need to prepare for the breadth of knowledge test, and that is another story...

Thanks again to my interviewers and the BCS team who are working very hard to make this process work.

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    Mike Chad wrote on 29th Jan 2010

    I'm delighted to hear that the process not only worked, but that you found it enjoyable. One thing I find a little confusing though - my understanding is that you have to pass the breadth of knowledge test before being interviewed. Is it different for candidate assessors?

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Jooli Atkins (FBCS, CITP) has been involved in the IT profession for the past 25 years, mainly in Learning and Development. She is the Chair of the BCS Learning and Development Specialist Group and CITP assessor as well as being an accredited SFIA consultant, specialising in Business Change.

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