Swiss Resume and Interview Tips for foreigners
Applying for a job in Switzerland is just like applying for a job anywhere else in the world. It is always a good idea to familiarise yourself with the local language and the local work environment when applying.
Though there are four national languages in Switzerland, it is best to fill the application form in the language that the job listing is in. You can easily find these listings in online portals, newspapers, expat job boards, etc., to choose the one that prefers the language you know best.
If your application is accepted, you will be invited for an interview and tests, depending on the employer’s preference.
One of the most important things to get a job is to have a nice Swiss resume. Apart from the language, you should also make sure to keep it short and concise, include all relevant experiences and skills, and possibly limit it to one A4 page. Writing information using bullet points also plays to your strengths here. Also, check all the spelling and grammar twice so that no mistakes are made!
The details to be included, such as a photo of yourself, your personal information, etc., differ from position to position, you can let check4you create your Swiss resume, to get started.
You will also need to write a cover letter when applying, which should outline your education and experience, strengths, why you are suitable for the job, and what made you apply for it.
If you get through and get called for an interview, remember to wear formal, conservative, and neat attire to appear professional. When you reach the interview room, your boss will most probably be present there, and the HR and any other people needed for the process.
Some of the most common questions will be about your past work experiences, your strengths and limitations, your experience relevant to the current job, previous experiences that displayed skills like leadership, decision making, etc., and about your living and work permit status. The salaries may or may not be discussed before the last interview.
The whole selection process of interviewing and testing can take between two weeks and a month.
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