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Thank you for your replies. Incase you haven't guessed, I'm a little excited lol!
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You are the opposite of me...I know we will be moving out in December BUT I am happy that I have time to prepare and get used to the idea.

Really hope its good news for you soon x
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Ok, reading the Swiss news section of this forum has certainly brought me back to reality. It was probably what I needed!
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You are the opposite of me...I know we will be moving out in December BUT I am happy that I have time to prepare and get used to the idea.

Really hope its good news for you soon x
When I wrote that post this morning I was going through a 'wouldn't life in Switzerland be great' phase, but at other times I'm happy to wait and see what happens. I've been reading a fair few negative posts this afternoon and it's certainly been an eye opener! I have really noisy children and I'm not sure they'll be welcome in Switzerland lol!
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When I wrote that post this morning I was going through a 'wouldn't life in Switzerland be great' phase, but at other times I'm happy to wait and see what happens. I've been reading a fair few negative posts this afternoon and it's certainly been an eye opener! I have really noisy children and I'm not sure they'll be welcome in Switzerland lol!
That's so funny, it was the first thing I thought when i read the relocation pack. We are a very loud family, I'm loud, my kids are loud so god help our neighbours. As for the negative posts, don't let that get you down or put you off. Your positivity has been great and refreshing!!!
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That's so funny, it was the first thing I thought when i read the relocation pack. We are a very loud family, I'm loud, my kids are loud so god help our neighbours. As for the negative posts, don't let that get you down or put you off. Your positivity has been great and refreshing!!!
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Yep, my family are the same! Oh dear! it will be fun to meet up with you. We'll take the kids somewhere open to let off steam!!!!
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Re: Interview in Switzerland

Still no news?
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Still no news?
Nope, not yet. Patiently waiting (kind of!)
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You are the opposite of me...I know we will be moving out in December BUT I am happy that I have time to prepare and get used to the idea.

Really hope its good news for you soon x
And where are you to go ?
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Well, there's plenty of info in the Pet Corner on dog sitters, etc, to help you make an informed decision.

And I'm not posting this link to put you off, but it raises some issues that people do have trouble with living here so they may be worth thinking about:

Why i'm leaving Switzerland

As you can see opinions vary greatly in the pros and cons. If you think you can't make the adjustment then maybe Switzerland isn't going to be the right place for you. It has a lot to offer, but some people find it difficult to adjust here. But then you can say the same for any other country. If the time is right for you now, then give it a go - providing you get offered the job of course.

Good luck with the interview!
I think language is the biggest issue. If you psych yourself up for the challenge to learn a new language then you should have a great time here.

In the east part of Switzerland the main language is German based. The difficulty is that there are a lot of dialects, so understanding German as a second language might still make understanding difficult to begin with.

On a one to one basis if you ask politely for them to speak Standard German they will usually oblige, although in a group they usually quickly revert to dialect. Speaking standard German to them is just as foreign as for a Brit.

I do believe there are also language courses in dialect.

I don't know if there are a large number of dialects for the French and Italian speaking areas. My theory is that the more hilly the region the more dialects.

I don't know where SwissAussie was living, but in my experience he/she hasn't said much you couldn't say about any big city. Also if you move further out to the towns and villages it can be quite quaint. If you walk along the street here in my town many strangers will say hello. I find the Swiss generally very polite and considerate, although there manner may appear a little gruff, this isn't the case, so you shouldn't take offense.

Although the weather is never doing what I expect it to there is the advantage that being in the middle of Europe, every other country gets it first so weather is quite predictable and when I have wanted to get info it has always been quite accurate. i.e. you can actually plan ahead.

Although you might not be able to go out and buy a suit or sofa on Sunday, emergency rations are not a problem. Many bakers and coffee shops are open Sunday morning, as well as many petrol stations offering basic items and even fresh baked bread.

I very much hope your partner gets the job. It's a beautiful country and a great experience.
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I think language is the biggest issue. If you psych yourself up for the challenge to learn a new language then you should have a great time here.

In the east part of Switzerland the main language is German based. The difficulty is that there are a lot of dialects, so understanding German as a second language might still make understanding difficult to begin with.

On a one to one basis if you ask politely for them to speak Standard German they will usually oblige, although in a group they usually quickly revert to dialect. Speaking standard German to them is just as foreign as for a Brit.

I do believe there are also language courses in dialect.

I don't know if there are a large number of dialects for the French and Italian speaking areas. My theory is that the more hilly the region the more dialects.

I don't know where SwissAussie was living, but in my experience he/she hasn't said much you couldn't say about any big city. Also if you move further out to the towns and villages it can be quite quaint. If you walk along the street here in my town many strangers will say hello. I find the Swiss generally very polite and considerate, although there manner may appear a little gruff, this isn't the case, so you shouldn't take offense.

Although the weather is never doing what I expect it to there is the advantage that being in the middle of Europe, every other country gets it first so weather is quite predictable and when I have wanted to get info it has always been quite accurate. i.e. you can actually plan ahead.

Although you might not be able to go out and buy a suit or sofa on Sunday, emergency rations are not a problem. Many bakers and coffee shops are open Sunday morning, as well as many petrol stations offering basic items and even fresh baked bread.

I very much hope your partner gets the job. It's a beautiful country and a great experience.
Thank you so much for your informative post. I loved reading your thoughts. My husband should find out this week. eek! We're excited and hope it's positive! I obviously have worries, mainly for our children, but I don't want to think too much about them until we get an answer. I may be worrying for nothing. I'm sure if the answer is yes, I'll have a hundred questions to ask. You've all be so kind, so thank you so much x
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And where are you to go ?

We will be in Zug just before Christmas. Husband already works 3 days a week over there so expectation of us to all move over. Getting relocation costs paid too and will be over in August for an orientation visit.
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Re: Interview in Switzerland

Have you an preferences yet as to which are you would like to live in? Will your kids be attending local or international schools?
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Still got my fingers crossed for you and you family.
32 degrees today! Hope it's still good weather when (fingers crossed) you move here.
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32 degrees today!
and no air conditioning in my office
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Hubby too!

He suggested that we sit in the basement all evening!
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Hi all I know the recrutment process in Switzerland takes longer than in the uk, but how much longer? (sorry if I'm sounding impatient. I'm trying not to be lol!). I'd love to know other people's experiences. So to recap, the whole process for my husband started back in March with the CV. He then had 2 phone interviews and a face to face interview 3 weeks ago. My husband has been called every week by the recruitment agency. Today they asked for a reference, previously he was asked to confirm qualifications. He was told they are still deciding. Good news? Bad news? We just don't know anymore. We stupidly got ourselves excited about Switzerland Thanks
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Re: Interview in Switzerland

Hello!

Have been following your story and have fingers crossed for you and your family

I only have experience of the one firm, but have seen a few people coming in and it does seem to take a while for all the ducks to be lined up - in my case it was 3 months from being told I had got the job to receiving the formal offer (I was transferring internally and had 2 interviews which weren't too onerous before that). Another colleague was recruited externally and it took over a year from applying to receiving the offer However, as I say this is all from one (international) company and some of the issues that took the time related to aligning the expectations of the "global" firm with the "Swiss" firm, so hopefully you won't have to wait quite so long.

It's horrible having the feeling of putting your life on hold waiting for a decision - you can't get excited about the "new" life, but also can't really plan to do stuff from your current place

Good luck and hope you hear something soooooooon!!!
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Hi all I know the recrutment process in Switzerland takes longer than in the uk, but how much longer? (sorry if I'm sounding impatient. I'm trying not to be lol!). I'd love to know other people's experiences. So to recap, the whole process for my husband started back in March with the CV. He then had 2 phone interviews and a face to face interview 3 weeks ago. My husband has been called every week by the recruitment agency. Today they asked for a reference, previously he was asked to confirm qualifications. He was told they are still deciding. Good news? Bad news? We just don't know anymore. We stupidly got ourselves excited about Switzerland Thanks
I work in HR - for a management role here in the UK we take about 3 months to cover the process and get the right person. And on a positive, the fact they have asked for references and qualifications can only mean they are seriously considering his application and is probably down to the shortlist.

Its a shame companies don't look at how enthusiastic the spouse is when considering relocating a person because its the spouse that is the biggest influence over how successful the move actually is.
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Hi all I know the recrutment process in Switzerland takes longer than in the uk, but how much longer? (sorry if I'm sounding impatient. I'm trying not to be lol!). I'd love to know other people's experiences. So to recap, the whole process for my husband started back in March with the CV. He then had 2 phone interviews and a face to face interview 3 weeks ago. My husband has been called every week by the recruitment agency. Today they asked for a reference, previously he was asked to confirm qualifications. He was told they are still deciding. Good news? Bad news? We just don't know anymore. We stupidly got ourselves excited about Switzerland Thanks
It sounds pretty positive to me, if they've now asked for a reference. Why would they do that if they had decided your husband wasn't in the frame for the job?

Whatever happens, you must give an update when you know. Good luck.
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