Standards & Regulation Board Recruitment

Application Process

RICS is committed to the principles and practice of diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from candidates from underrepresented groups, as well as individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Please contact if you anticipate needing any reasonable adjustments for any stage of the application and selection process.

Stage One – Registering and Creating an Account 

If you are not already registered with GatenbySanderson, you will need to create an account at by clicking the ‘Register’ button on the top right. Complete the details on the registration form and choose a password. Please note that your username is the email address you have provided. Keep these safe as you will need your account details to receive messages from us securely.

Once you have set up an account, you can log in at any time using your email address and the password you have created.

We'll communicate with you throughout the process via notification messages in your account. We'll send you emails to alert you to a new message, but you will need to login to your account to access it. Occasionally, these messages can go into your spam folder, so please check this regularly. This is to protect your privacy.

Please make sure that you have downloaded the skills matrix and role specification before considering an application; these are available in the ‘Downloads’ section at the very start of the online application process.

You will also find in the ‘Downloads’ section a Word document which includes five competency questions for the role and space for your responses (no more than 400 words per answer). You will also be asked to write a short (500 word maximum) career summary. You should download and save this document as you will need it to complete your application.

To continue, click on the blue ‘Apply Now’ button.

Stage Two – Eligibility Questions 

To apply to be a Standards and Regulation Board (SRB) Member, you are first required to complete the online eligibility questions, most of which require ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers.

RICS intend to appoint a total of ten SRB Members, five of whom will be Professional SRB Members, and five of whom will be Independent SRB Members.

If you are applying to be one of the five Professional Members of the SRB, you will need to apply for the role of ‘Professional SRB Member’ under the reference number GSe58746. To be eligible for this role, you must be a full member of RICS. Please note that while it is NOT essential that Professional SRB Members are practising members of RICS, this is a desirable criterion. Professional SRB Member applicants will be required to provide their membership numbers in due course.

If you are applying to be one of the five Independent Members of the SRB, you will need to apply for the role of ‘Independent SRB Member’ under the reference number GSe58662. You will be asked to confirm that you have non-executive or equivalent senior board experience.

If you do not meet the required eligibility, you will not be able to proceed with your application.

Stage Three – Availability for Interview

In the ‘About You’ section of the online form, we will ask you to provide the best two dates for you to attend an interview with the selection panel if your application is taken forward. Interview will be held on 26 and 28 November, and 6 December, and will take place at RICS’ offices in London.

Stage Four– Competency Questions and Career Summary

Once you have successfully answered the eligibility questions and provided us with your preferred dates for interview, you should then complete the competency questions in the application form you downloaded from the ‘Downloads’ section. The application form is a Word document and consists of five questions which you must answer with specific examples. Please write your answers in the form in the blank spaces provided, using a font size of at least 11, and upload as part of your application.

Please ensure that your answers are thorough, explaining your role, what you did and the outcomes.

Please keep your responses within the word limit (400 words maximum per answer) as anything beyond will not be read.

The application form also includes space for you to include a 500-word summary of your work history. Please note that we do NOT require your CV. Please write your answer in the blank space provided in the application form along with your answers to the competency questions, and in a font size of at least 11.

You will have the opportunity to upload your application form in the ‘Apply’ section of the online application process (see Stage Six below).

Stage Five – Equal Opportunities Monitoring

You will next be asked to complete an online Equal Opportunities monitoring form. Information provided will be treated as strictly confidential and held securely in line with data protection and other relevant legislation and will be used for monitoring purposes only.

Stage Six – Contact Information, Existing Commitments and References

In the ‘Apply’ section of the online process, we will also ask you to complete some additional online sections, including: full name and contact information; details of other commitments/employment; conflicts of interest; and names and contact details for two referees (please note we shall NOT approach these individuals without your prior consent, and referencing will take place in mid-December for selected candidates only).

This post is not exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. RICS only asks applicants to disclose convictions which are not yet spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. If you are not sure whether your convictions are spent, please contact Nacro ( for further advice. Decisions on appointments will be made on a case by case basis and will be informed by RICS’ public protection duties as a regulator.

 Once complete, you will be asked to upload your completed application form with your responses to the competency questions and your career summary, and submit your final application. If you have any questions about the application process, please email

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Tuesday 8 October 2019. We strongly recommend that you allow enough time to complete and submit your application, as expressions of interest will NOT be accepted after this deadline.

Please check carefully that you are applying for the right position before you submit your application (i.e. Independent or Professional Member). If you apply for the wrong role, there is a risk that your application will be considered against the wrong field of applicants, which could disadvantage you.

Stage Seven – Interview 

The next stage of the process is a competency-based interview for those candidates who submit the highest-scoring responses to the competency questions. Candidates will be asked to prepare a short presentation prior to interview on a topic shared with them in advance. This one-hour interview will be held at RICS’ London Offices, or via conference call for candidates outside the UK. RICS will conduct interviews on 26 November, 28 November, and 6 December.

 The interview will be chaired by the recently-appointed Chair of the SRB and shall also comprise RICS’ Executive Director of the Profession, Richard Collins and an RICS Accredited Appointment Expert.

We would ask that applicants provide their preferred two dates so that we can plan the interview schedules and allow for those who need flexibility for a weekend day to attend an interview. This information is to be provided in the 'About You' step that forms part of the application process.

Following the completion of all interviews, candidates will be notified of the outcome. This will be in mid-December. We will also undertake referencing in mid-December for the successful candidates, and share with them the service agreements.

How We Will Handle Your Application

We'll deal with your application as quickly as possible.

Once you have submitted your application through the website, you will receive an email acknowledgement. If you do not receive this, please contact GatenbySanderson before the deadline for submission on

Once all applications are complete, the assessment process will begin. We will start by scoring the responses to the competency questions, with only the highest scoring applicants progressing to an interview with RICS. Please note that the career summary you have provided is for context only and will not be scored. All applications will be assessed and scored. Due to the anticipated volume of applications we are unable to offer individual feedback on applications.

Your application will be assessed and scored based on the responses given against the requirements for the post. It is important that you respond to the questions in as much detail as possible within the word limit. Your response to each section should provide specific and detailed examples to demonstrate how you meet each criterion (including what you did to achieve a specific result). Each criterion will be marked out of five. You will be advised of the outcome of your application by e-mail.

The interview with RICS will assess your fit against the required competencies and role profile and will also explore broader context such as motivation and ability to meet the time commitment required, as well as any actual or perceived conflicts of interest.

RICS will conduct interviews on 26 November, 28 November, and 6 December. You will be contacted directly by a member of the GatenbySanderson team to arrange this interview.

Reasonable adjustments will be made for candidates with disabilities who progress to the interview stage. If you have any specific queries and requests, please let GatenbySanderson know by emailing

During the application and interview processes, we'll ask you to provide details of any information about yourself which could bring into question your eligibility or ability to perform the role, or which might damage the reputation of RICS if made public. We'll conduct checks on this information, and where checks reveal information that might affect your suitability for appointment, candidates will be given an opportunity to discuss the information before a course of action is decided upon.

Successful candidates will be required to attend an induction on 19 February 2020. You will be reimbursed for reasonable travel expenses to this training, and lunch will be provided.

Monitoring Information

We value diversity and inclusion and we are committed to ensuring our processes and procedures are fair, transparent and free from unlawful discrimination. We are fully committed to making the appointment process accessible at all stages for any applicants with a disability. Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your individual requirements. To ensure we are treating candidates fairly, we monitor diversity at all stages of the appointments process. The application process includes an online equal opportunities monitoring form.

Information provided will be treated as strictly confidential and held securely in line with data protection and other relevant legislation and will be used for monitoring purposes only. It will not be seen by anyone directly involved in the selection process and will not be treated as part of your application. No information will be published or used in any way which allows any individuals to be identified.

Dealing with your concerns

We are committed to processes and procedures that are fair, transparent and free from discrimination. Complaints about any aspect of the appointments process for the roles will be monitored, recorded and promptly handled. If you have a complaint, please contact

Written complaints will be acknowledged within five days and will state the time frame within which a response can be expected. Complaints should be made within three months of the closing date for applications. For reference, GatenbySanderson’s complaints policy is available here.