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What are NEBOSH Closing Interviews

August 2023


Examinations can be stressful. It's easy to see why. A lot of the time, a two-hour exam is the culmination of tens and hundreds of hours of work. 

I hated exams, so much so that I avoided them. There is something about trying to articulate a whole topic into a two-hour window that I get panicky over. 

But enough about me. 

One question we repeatedly ask concerns closing interviews, the last task learners must complete before their examination window closes. 

Apart from the most obvious: 'How do I pass the exams' question

The most frequently asked question is: What are closing interviews?

This blog will address the purpose behind closing interviews and what they require from you, the learner, to complete. 




What are Closing Interviews?

Closing interviews are often the last step a learner must complete to complete their examination phase. 

They occur in the days and weeks following the examination, proving that you sat the exam. The closing interview is not marked - instead; it's meant to explicitly eliminate any chance of malpractice or cheating. No traps or questions are designed to ascertain why you answered the way you did. 

So, to confirm, closing interviews DO NOT contribute to your overall exam mark. They are, however, mandatory, and if learners fail to attend their closing interview, their exam mark could be voided. 

What happens during a Closing Interview?

Beforehand, you must plan with your learning partner and agree on a fixed time for the interview. With Astutis, we have an online booking form that learners can utilise to organise their closing interview. 

Learners will need a form of identification to verify who they say they are;

You will need either a;

  • Passport
  • Driving License 
  • National ID Card

This will help accelerate the process of proving you sat the exam. 

Next, the learners must show their surroundings to prove they are alone and aren't utilising additional resources. 

The interviewer will ask the learner questions related to their exam to verify the person attending the interview sat the exam. The questions won't ask for your answer or why you answered in a certain way, but they will relate to the questions faced in the exam. 

Simply put, if you sat the exam, as long as you haven't completely forgotten everything, you will be absolutely fine. 

NEBOSH issue a set of questions for each exam sitting, meaning the questions will change from exam window to window. But all of this is immaterial if you sit the exam. All the questions will do is determine that you really sat that exam. 

If the interviewer suspects foul play, they will notify NEBOSH, who will contact the learner. NEBOSH may wish to conduct a secondary interview themselves.

Learners will be told of the interview result weeks after its conclusion. The interviewer can not reveal the result.

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