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dreamingofswitzerland 23.05.2013 12:55

Interview in Switzerland
 
Hi all :)

So I‘ve been stalking this forum for weeks now, reading everything from places to live, schooling, salaries, weather!!!

My husband has an Interview in Zug next week and we’re so excited. We really don’t want to get ahead of ourselves but I can’t help it :msnthink: I also like to be prepared esp as children are involved. So to introduce ourselves… There are 4 of us; me, my husband and 2 children who have just turned 3 and 5. We also have a dog.

Does anyone know if it’s common practice for a company to pay for someone to attend an interview from the UK? We’re hoping this is a big positive.

I can’t wait until next week – I can’t think of anything else but Switzerland!!!

AlreadyPacked 23.05.2013 13:03

Re: Interview in Switzerland
 
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Originally Posted by dreamingofswitzerland (Post 1884045)
Hi all :)

So I‘ve been stalking this forum for weeks now, reading everything from places to live, schooling, salaries, weather!!!

My husband has an Interview in Zug next week and we’re so excited. We really don’t want to get ahead of ourselves but I can’t help it :msnthink: I also like to be prepared esp as children are involved. So to introduce ourselves… There are 4 of us; me, my husband and 2 children who have just turned 3 and 5. We also have a dog.

Does anyone know if it’s common practice for a company to pay for someone to attend an interview from the UK? We’re hoping this is a big positive.

I can’t wait until next week – I can’t think of anything else but Switzerland!!!

It depends on the type of job your husband is applying for.

I had a morning interview, they paid for the flight and hotel. Afternoon interview they may only pay return flight.

Personaly if they didn't pay I would not want to work for them, but that's just me.

MrsSerendipity 23.05.2013 13:05

Re: Interview in Switzerland
 
Hi & welcome to the Forum & I hope eventually to Zug ;)

No idea about the interview but i hope its a positive!

Just seen the sun peek through the clouds earlier so hopefully the summer is on its way! :o

dreamingofswitzerland 23.05.2013 13:09

Re: Interview in Switzerland
 
Hi. Thanks for your reply. I've just re-read my message and that bit about the company paying didn't make a huge amount of sense lol! :msnthink:

My husband had a telephone interview with the company and now they have invited him to attend an all day interview in Switzerland - all expenses paid. I don't want to get too excited, but I think it's a positive that they're flying him over???

dreamingofswitzerland 23.05.2013 13:14

Re: Interview in Switzerland
 
Hi Niamhie and Thank you :)

CorsebouTheReturn 23.05.2013 13:17

Re: Interview in Switzerland
 
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Originally Posted by dreamingofswitzerland (Post 1884055)
but I think it's a positive that they're flying him over???

Well yes, but it means nothing. It does not means he'll pass all the interviews successfully, or get the job... It's just a step.

AlreadyPacked 23.05.2013 13:19

Re: Interview in Switzerland
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by dreamingofswitzerland (Post 1884055)
Hi. Thanks for your reply. I've just re-read my message and that bit about the company paying didn't make a huge amount of sense lol! :msnthink:

My husband had a telephone interview with the company and now they have invited him to attend an all day interview in Switzerland - all expenses paid. I don't want to get too excited, but I think it's a positive that they're flying him over???

I hope he gets it, it may take a but longer to get an answer, but don't panic. Some companies here can be a bit slow to give an answer, some not. Normaly the agent will meet him and take him to the interview, if not try to arrange to meet the agent as he will need the agent on-side if he gets the offer. My agent got my salary increassed to the higher end, after they offered me the job.

dreamingofswitzerland 23.05.2013 13:50

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Thank you for your replies. I think we will just have to wait and see.

Medea Fleecestealer 23.05.2013 13:51

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You're assuming he has an agent AlreadyPacked, not everyone in this situation does.

I think you have to say they're fairly serious about offering your husband a position, after all they won't fly everyone in just for an interview. It gives them a chance to meet him face-to-face and he's get the chance to look over the place he will be working, meet some of the other people, get a feel for what the company is like. It's not a guarantee mind you, but a positive sign that he's got a second interview.

If you get a job offer you might want to get hold of a copy of "Living and Working in Switzerland" by David Hampshire. It's full of useful info on moving and living here and is updated every year. You can get a copy from your local booskhop or via the Internet. And start taking up German lessons; you'll find some English here, but for documents, food labels, making doctor appointments, etc, the more German you know the better.

Edit: Oh, another note re your dog. The Swiss have very strict rules regarding dog ownership so have a read in the Pet Corner section of the forum so you know what you'll need to do to bring him/her with you and the SKN course you'll need to take.

dreamingofswitzerland 23.05.2013 14:19

Re: Interview in Switzerland
 
Thank you for your reply Medea Fleecestealer. Very helpful.

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Originally Posted by Medea Fleecestealer (Post 1884098)
I think you have to say they're fairly serious about offering your husband a position, after all they won't fly everyone in just for an interview. It gives them a chance to meet him face-to-face and he's get the chance to look over the place he will be working, meet some of the other people, get a feel for what the company is like. It's not a guarantee mind you, but a positive sign that he's got a second interview.

This is what we were thinking (or hoping)

Quote:

Originally Posted by Medea Fleecestealer (Post 1884098)
If you get a job offer you might want to get hold of a copy of "Living and Working in Switzerland" by David Hampshire. It's full of useful info on moving and living here and is updated every year. You can get a copy from your local booskhop or via the Internet. And start taking up German lessons; you'll find some English here, but for documents, food labels, making doctor appointments, etc, the more German you know the better.

Thank you. If he was offered the job we'd be learning German straight away. I've even started looking into it already, but really trying not to get ahead of myself.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Medea Fleecestealer (Post 1884098)
Edit: Oh, another note re your dog. The Swiss have very strict rules regarding dog ownership so have a read in the Pet Corner section of the forum so you know what you'll need to do to bring him/her with you and the SKN course you'll need to take.

Mmm this will be hard for us. I've wanted a dog for a looong time and will seriously have to think about what is best for her. We'd like to travel if we were in Switzerland and would have no one to look after her. She may have to stay with my husbands parents until we were more settled.

Medea Fleecestealer 23.05.2013 15:12

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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:

http://www.englishforum.ch/complaint...itzerland.html

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!

dreamingofswitzerland 23.05.2013 15:33

Re: Interview in Switzerland
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Medea Fleecestealer (Post 1884216)
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:

http://www.englishforum.ch/complaint...itzerland.html

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!

Ooo I've read the post; she/he doesnt sound happy :msncrazy: A lot of people are disagreeing with her as a positive to Switzerland. I'd still love the opportunity to try the country out for myself :msnwink:

dreamingofswitzerland 23.05.2013 15:36

Re: Interview in Switzerland
 
How long have you been in Switzerland? Do you like it?

TidakApa 23.05.2013 15:37

Re: Interview in Switzerland
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by dreamingofswitzerland (Post 1884045)
Does anyone know if it’s common practice for a company to pay for someone to attend an interview from the UK? We’re hoping this is a big positive.

As for 'common practice', I think this generally relates to the size and budget of the indiviual company, rather than a Swiss or 'Industry' expectation.

I was flown from Australia with meals and accom paid for my job interview.... but I don't pack shelves at Migro either.

The industry I work in has a massive range of the sizes of individual companies.... some pay, some don't.

The bottom line here is to "just ask", they will be upfront about what they will and won't pay for. It won't be considered rude, so don't be shy, you have nothing to lose.

Given your family situation, I would also suggest introducing the idea of some sort of "relocation" package to help you get settled.
- transportation of belongings
- help to find accommodation
- setting up of bank accounts, a short tour and introduction
- etc.

the size and value of the package of course will be negotiable (if available), but if you don't ask, you won't receive.

AlreadyPacked 23.05.2013 16:01

Re: Interview in Switzerland
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by dreamingofswitzerland (Post 1884237)
How long have you been in Switzerland? Do you like it?

This is my 4th time in Switzerland; I work as a contractor so it was never a permanent move for me. First time was for 4 years, worked with a fab. Team, but the company changed (sold), people left, I got their work, and I left too. I worked in other countries then got an offer to come back again for a short contract. I met someone here, came back for another contract. Came back again to a permanent job. See myself here for another five years, not sure after that.

It takes time to adjust; some people find some things harder than others. You will miss things, but if you can replace them new things, rather than trying to recreate your old things here.

Small example: I watch TV, but standard Swiss TV is not good, so now I download TV and create my own TV channel. Ok I don’t have the TV shows I would watch in UK but I am happy with what I have replaced it with. I now can’t stand normal TV because of the advert; my own channel does not have any :D

Trillian Astra 23.05.2013 16:07

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Quote:

Originally Posted by AlreadyPacked (Post 1884274)
but standard Swiss TV is not good

What do you mean not good? You don't like watching endless reports with cow owners and skiers speeding down on a white background? :D

Medea Fleecestealer 23.05.2013 16:08

Re: Interview in Switzerland
 
Fourteen years for me. The OH got headhunted by a firm here and so we moved. It's worked for us. We recently bought a house so must improve our French (level: abysmal at present) as we no longer have an agent to arrange for repairs/replacements when things go wrong. But we manage and don't really think of moving back home. This is where our future is for the time being.

Yes, some things can be frustrating like the shopping hours, but I'm old enough to remember when shops weren't open outside 9 to 5 in either the US or UK. I recall 7Eleven stores being a radical step forward when I was a kid. ;)

GirlHasCake 23.05.2013 16:23

Re: Interview in Switzerland
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by dreamingofswitzerland (Post 1884045)
Hi all :)

So I‘ve been stalking this forum for weeks now, reading everything from places to live, schooling, salaries, weather!!!

My husband has an Interview in Zug next week and we’re so excited. We really don’t want to get ahead of ourselves but I can’t help it :msnthink: I also like to be prepared esp as children are involved. So to introduce ourselves… There are 4 of us; me, my husband and 2 children who have just turned 3 and 5. We also have a dog.

Does anyone know if it’s common practice for a company to pay for someone to attend an interview from the UK? We’re hoping this is a big positive.

I can’t wait until next week – I can’t think of anything else but Switzerland!!!

I was paid my travel expenses when I had my interview (from York to Basel). I think it is a good sign because they wouldn't waste money if they weren't interested. I was the only person that wasn't from near the city that got an interview (and I got one of the positions!) so I'd hope it's a sign of a strong candidate.
Obviously not a done deal yet and I know how easy it is to get excited but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for your husband and your family!

KevNice 23.05.2013 16:39

Re: Interview in Switzerland
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Trillian Astra (Post 1884283)
What do you mean not good? You don't like watching endless reports with cow owners and skiers speeding down on a white background? :D

Not to mention Swiss Dinner on Zuri TV, and action-packed show of guests calmly and quietly eating food and then complaining about how shit it was after

hannah'sauntie 23.05.2013 17:48

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The OP is from England, she's probably seen 'Come Dine With Me' which is the the British equivalent, without the quietness and calmness. :)
Good luck dreamingofswitzerland, fingers crossed for your husband's interview.


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