Preparing for Interview

Good preparation is the key to any interview. It shows the interviewer you know your stuff and gives you the confidence to answer any question.

First impressions make all the difference so think smart and look smart. Think about your skills, qualifications and experience. Talk to colleagues, present or recent, about their view of you as a team member and your strengths and weaknesses.


Tulip will ensure that you have: -

  • A detailed job description
  • The name and position of the interviewer
  • Details of the company and its products/services
  • A map showing you the location of the interview


You might like to take with you: -

  • A folder containing your curriculum vitae, references, exam certificates and samples of work produced where appropriate
  • A list of questions you would like to ask at the interview
  • Passport or proof of eligibility to work in the UK


On the day

Personal: First impressions count. Are you well groomed with tidy hair, shoes and clothing?  Practice a good positive handshake, not too firm, not too weak.

Dress: Are you well dressed, in a way that follows conventions in this job sector?  If in doubt, ask us about the client’s dress code.

Timing: Plan a reliable way of getting there which allows you to be a few minutes early (not too late or too early and probably not on time because this means late when you’ve been delayed in reception or walking around their buildings).  Carry out a trial run if possible.


At the interview

  • Smile, make eye contact with the interviewer and be enthusiastic
  • Try not to monopolise the meeting and let your interviewer talk
  • Without being contrived, try to show that you are reasonably informed about the company
  • Don’t let nervousness put you off
  • Avoid too much self-opinion
  • Never smoke and it is probably safer not to accept tea or coffee as it can get in the way
  • Keep your replies simple; offer positive information and don’t give bad news unasked
  • Ask for clarification if you do not understand a question and if you do not know the answer, say so
  • Don’t harp on about problems or criticise previous employers
  • If this isn’t the right job for you, be polite about it, the company may have one in the near future that is right!


Questions you may be asked 

  • What does your current/last job involve?
  • What aspects did you enjoy most and why?
  • What aspects did you like least and why?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why did you leave your last company?
  • Why do you want this position?



 If you are required to take any tests, it is natural to feel nervous.  The best advice is to work methodically through them and go back to any questions you couldn’t answer.


Follow up

Please call to tell us how the interview went. We will give you any feedback receive and will let you know if the client has informed us of when a decision will be made.


If you feel you need further advice or information, please ring us!