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Excerpted from the Switzerland Career Guide

When preparing for a job interview in Switzerland, it is a good idea to research the company of interest as thoroughly as possible and to compile all needed documents. See this guide’s ‘Résumé/CV Guidelines’ section for information regarding the recommended content and format of CVs/résumés and cover letters in Switzerland.

  • It is very important to bring all the necessary documents to the interview; this includes a résumé/CV and a list of references with full names, names of companies and verified contact details. Furthermore, one should bring a list of thoroughly prepared questions to ask the recruiter, as well as paper and a pen to take notes.

Interview Conduct

The Swiss are very punctual for both business appointments and social occasions, and they expect the same from others. The applicant should allow plenty of time to arrive at an interview in order to avoid being late due to unexpected delays. Arriving at an interview five to ten minutes early is a good idea.

When greeting the interviewer(s), the applicant should shake hands and smile while maintaining eye contact. One should address all present by their titles and last names, and should stand until invited to sit down.

The Interview

A company’s personnel manager typically leads the interview. Most interviews last about 30 minutes to one hour and are conducted in a one-on-one setting, usually in a private office or conference room. Interviews are most likely to be conducted in a formal question-and-answer style. In addition to the interview, a Swiss company may ask job applicants to complete tests, engage in group discussions and/or make presentations.


In Switzerland, job applicants most likely will be notified within a week or two after the interview. If a candidate has not heard from the employer in due time, he/she should call the employer or its secretariat (administrative offices) in order to politely inquire about the status of the application.

This is just a sample of what you'll find in the complete Switzerland guide.

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