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Excerpted from the Austria Career Guide

As recommendations are still quite important in Austria, it can be advantageous to be based within the country before one begins the job search. Jobseekers should attempt to network in order to gain employment and should seek employment recommendations through friends, colleagues, professional associates and industry contacts. If applying from outside Austria, candidates need to communicate clearly why they want to work in Austria and show a basic understanding of Austrian business culture and appropriate language skills. Even when applying to work for an international enterprise, basic German language skills or the willingness to study German are expected by most companies.

Pre-Interview Preparation

The most important issue to remember when preparing for an interview in Austria is to learn as much as possible about the employer and the desired position. Doing research through telephone calls prior to the interview is becoming more and more common in Austria and is often a very important first step in the application process.

Interview Conduct

Applicants for an interview in Austria should arrive on time or a few minutes early. If there is a delay for any reason, it is important to call ahead and inform the company immediately.

The applicant should dress formally and appropriately for the applied position. In general, men should wear a suit and tie, and women should wear a suit or dress. Whatever the clothes, men and women should appear well-groomed and professional.


It is appropriate to follow up on the status of the recruitment process after an interview, provided that it is done in a reasonable way. One should keep in mind that the decision-making process in Austria can take a while. Therefore, the candidate should patiently wait for a response after having been interviewed. Candidates are usually informed if they have not been selected and they may request feedback on their interview performance.

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the Austria Guide.

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