This contains interview advice relevant for all job roles at TPP (the medical software company based in Horsforth, Leeds) including software development, technical operations, business analysts and account managers.
Since TPP is an unusual company to work at, they are looking for unusual characteristics in potential employees, and I think its worth taking the time to explain these in detail. I worked at TPP for over 5 years, so I have an insider view.
1.They are looking for people with inner strength and resilience. Therefore at the interview you must exude confidence, and show you are assertive. Being overly polite, quiet or eager to please will put them right off. The reason they are so picky about this is because TPP is a very aggressive, testosterone fuelled place to work. There is a lot of shouting and extremely obscene swearing, with victims often being loudly berated in front of a busy office. Staff at TPP are often reprimanded for minor offences (such as failing to put your hand up straight or touching the glass) with aggressive words and glaring eyes. If you are the kind of person who gets upset or crys at this sort of treatment (and lots of people do, Ive witnessed it for myself ), you need to stay away from this company.
They are looking for people who are dedicated and eager. You must give the impression that work is going to be a major part of your life, and not merely a way of making money. Work at TPP is very demanding, and requires a real commitment. You will be expected to answer the phone to the company 24/7/365. This often happens to be at 3 in the morning. You will be expected to give up weekend plans with friends to pull together and finish a project. You will be expected to fly abroad to unglamorous countries at very short notice. To show your dedication, actually research the company in detail. Look up recent newspaper articles about them by searching for “systemOne" Read all the reviews that have been written on job sites, not just 1 or 2. Look at the negative viewpoints as well as the positive.
They are looking for people who have a sense of humour and are laid back. The CEO of the company is a very course and non-politically correct person (for comparisons, think of a well known controversial motoring show presenter). He doesn’t want lawsuits because of this. Therefore, you must prove that you don’t take things too seriously and are willing to take a joke.
They are looking for people who are “characters”. When someone acts unusually, eccentrically or otherwise vigorously within the company the CEO would declare in a big booming voice that he loves that person and loves working with them. The point is he seems to like people who are confidently eccentric.
Consider carefully whether you actually want to work at TPP. If you have your head screwed on right, then what Ive just written in the points above should be raising all sorts of red flags and alarm bells. TPP isn’t a totally terrible place to work, the best way of putting it is that its an “experience” and you will grow as a person, and be well rewarded. However, a major warning is that TPP recently sacked a large number of people in a remarkably sadistic way. If you aren’t the kind of person who enjoys having your career suddenly go up in flames without any warning, then think very carefully about whether you are willing to take this risk.