Process to get Chartered - assessment 

JSamad Johan A Samad CEng FIChemE
Subsea Development Project Manager, Intecsea

My role at IChemE

I have been involved with IChemE for many years now and do three to four interviews a year. This involves reading through Competence and Commitment reports submitted by candidates, prior to interview, and then sitting with candidates to verify their experience via the interview.

It takes up some of my precious time but I enjoy doing it as I am very interested in qualifying people in the profession. In most cases I also learn something new from candidates as the interviewees come from varied work places and work functions. Learning about what they do adds to your own sphere of exposure. These engineers also represent future industry contacts.

Advice for candidates

My tips or advice for new interviewers; make candidates feel at ease, strike a conversation and let this take its course. It is often easy to ascertain whether candidates do really have the experience they have written about. It is not necessary to have experience in the field of the candidates work. It is more about drawing out their experience and getting them to communicate in their own way about their own work. Carrying out these interviews also benefits you as an individual, in that it hones your own skills and interactive techniques, giving you more confidence in future in dealing with people.

Image of KSQua EUR ING Qua Kiat Seng CEng FIChemE
Advisor, ASEAN Oleochemical Manufacturers Group

My background

After 32 years in the palm oil industry I retired from full time work in 2006. I became a Chartered Chemical Engineer in 1979 and a Fellow in 1993. Besides Malaysia I have worked in Australia, The Netherlands and the UK.

My role at IChemE

I have gained tremendously being a Chartered Chemical Engineer and that includes being able to work overseas easily. I would like qualified chemical engineers to benefit similarly.

When I learnt IChemE was setting up a branch in Malaysia in 2006 upon my return from the UK, I joined the board. In 2008 I became one of the first committee members of Malaysian Nominations Committee (now the Malaysian Professional Formation Forum) and I am still heavily involved to this day.

The process of applying to be a Chartered Chemical Engineer is not as difficult as it seems and I am pleased to see that the recent qualifications review is bringing about a step change to make the process even more streamlined and global.

In 2010 I conducted nine interviews and have done four so far this year (April 2011). The professional interview is a very important part of the application process and when I bring out the best in the interviewees during the interview it gives me great satisfaction.

Advice to candidates

My tip to interviewees – just be yourself and be honest.