Swiss Interview Tips
A job search in Switzerland requires more than just the obvious Swiss CV writing and translation. You have to pass a Swiss interview. You will face issues that probably did not even cross your mind when you start planning to go for Swiss jobs.
Do not misjudge the impact they can have on the result of your adventure! For example, you will experience the different immigration rules and practices, job application procedures, the selection trends and the management culture.
Most visits to Switzerland are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
Prepare yourself for the Swiss interview. Before an interview find out information about the company you want to work for. In addition, research the prospective host country’s cultural and business practices so you can make a good first impression. Books and online guides about cultural differences can help.
Practice (preferably in local language) your few-sentences "speech" about who you are and what you do. Do not whine. Do not talk about being jobless. Do not dump on your former employer. Look less serious and more cheerful. Smile. Be positive.
Be aware that, the same keywords you used in your CV will be the foundation for your job interviews. Not only you need to be able to write about your keywords, but also during an interview, you must be able to talk about them in strong and powerful statements that highlight your successes, contributions and achievements.
Remember, how you dress is the one of the most important aspects in not being hired.
So, check the Swiss dress code
The initial Swiss interview usually lasts an hour. The number of job interviews varies a great deal, depending on the company, the position and whether or not tests are involved. Sometimes larger companies use psychological tests, but most companies use verbal and numerical psychometric tests.
The personnel manager usually leads the job interview. Often the interview is with a panel. In most cases, your future boss will be present. Otherwise, you will be introduced to him/her directly after the job interview.
Swiss are extremely punctual, so arrive at least 10 minutes before the job interview and turn off your cellphone. Remember that it is customary to present a business card, letters of reference and photocopies of diplomas at the initial job interview. You will never get a second chance to make a first impression!
The Swiss interview will begin with introductions, handshakes and the exchange of business cards. There is great respect for age and professional titles, so address all present by title and surname. Do not sit until invited. During the discussion, maintain eye contact and a modest demeanor.
Talk effectively demonstrating your knowledge of the industry and/or the company, do not interrupt the interviewer and criticize former employers. Provide examples to illustrate your achievements.
Prepare for questions about your qualifications, experience, motivation, strong and weak points and the reasons you think you fill their needs. Listen carefully to the questions and answer them directly and in an organized manner avoiding yes and no answers. Ask for clarification if you do not understand the question.
You do not have to answer personal questions, but consider in advance how you are going to tackle them. If you feel uncomfortable with a question asked, simply smile and say, "In my country, that would be a strange question."
At the Swiss interview do not volunteer information that the interviewer does not ask for
Ask questions about the job, the lines of authority and your future responsibilities, but avoid raising the issue of salary or benefits early in the process. Do not forget to ask, “When can I expect to hear from you?” (if that has not been discussed).
At the end of your interview and before leaving, thank everyone present for interview opportunity and shake they hands.
After the interview, do not forget to write a thank you letter and subsequently follow-up by letter, email or phone call. Employers regard this as an indication of your strong/final interest in the position.
Other Swiss Interview Info
We hope that your Swiss interview has been successful. Follow up the job interview with a thank you letter. Employers regard this as an indication of your strong interest in the position.
Good luck with your Swiss interview!