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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 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!!!
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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 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.
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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!

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???
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Hi Niamhie and Thank you
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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.
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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!

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.
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Thank you for your replies. I think we will just have to wait and see.
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Re: Interview in Switzerland

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.
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Re: Interview in Switzerland

Thank you for your reply Medea Fleecestealer. Very helpful.

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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)

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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.

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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
Thank you very much for your advice particularly regarding a relocation package. This is obviously something we would be very interested in.
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Re: Interview in Switzerland

I came for a year.....nearly 30 years ago..... and love it.
Flight paid for interview? My flight wasnt even paid to relocate. I was poor, so came from England on a 24 hr train journey. Happy days!
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I came for a year.....nearly 30 years ago..... and love it.
Flight paid for interview? My flight wasnt even paid to relocate. I was poor, so came from England on a 24 hr train journey. Happy days!
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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 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!
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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!
Thank you so much. It's good to hear of your experiences.
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Hello, All the best to your hubby for his interview! For my hubby's interview, I was also flown over (from UK), plus meals etc covered for us both. We also had a second trip where we met with relocation consultant for a 'tour', which was also all expenses paid. It might be worth inquiring about this, it could be a good opportunity to source accommodation / apartment ahead of your move or get an idea of what to bring with you that would suit your preferred style of accommodation.
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The enthusiasm of the OP reminds me of our own excitement when I was first told about the vacancy in Switzerland. It was a long process though. The whole thing took about 2 months, then it was another month before starting.

I'm surprised no one has said it, so I had better do it: don't get too carried away if your husband has only reached the first face-to-face interview stage. It's obviously very encouraging if he's got to that point but there may be several other candidates invited. If he's the only one, that would be a good sign.

I've been here more than 3 years now (from the UK), and love it. The beauty of the country has never faded, and despite what some people say, I have found nothing but friendliness and politeness from the Swiss.

If you do make it here, don't underestimate the tendency for the 'honeymoon period' to wear off for some people -- particularly 'trailing spouses'. It might be different if you have kids as you'll have plenty to occupy you, and you'll make friends with other parents, but for some it gets very boring after 6 months or so.

Zug is a nice town, but your man will need a good salary if you hope to live in the area (www.Homegate.ch). In fact, salary can be quite a sticking point. It's OK to be offered a job but a family of 4 would ideally need a salary in excess of 150K to have a decent (not luxurious) standard of living. Can be done for less I'm sure but things are expensive here. If he is offered a position he needs to scrap for every franc he can get, plus relocation expenses etc.

Good luck.
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The enthusiasm of the OP reminds me of our own excitement when I was first told about the vacancy in Switzerland. It was a long process though. The whole thing took about 2 months, then it was another month before starting.

I'm surprised no one has said it, so I had better do it: don't get too carried away if your husband has only reached the first face-to-face interview stage. It's obviously very encouraging if he's got to that point but there may be several other candidates invited. If he's the only one, that would be a good sign.
Thank you. I'm really not sure if my husband is the only candidate or if there are several. I keep reminding myself that it's early days and he may not be offered the job, but I can't to stop visiting this site!

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I've been here more than 3 years now (from the UK), and love it. The beauty of the country has never faded, and despite what some people say, I have found nothing but friendliness and politeness from the Swiss.
This is really encouraging thank you

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If you do make it here, don't underestimate the tendency for the 'honeymoon period' to wear off for some people -- particularly 'trailing spouses'. It might be different if you have kids as you'll have plenty to occupy you, and you'll make friends with other parents, but for some it gets very boring after 6 months or so.
Yes I'm hoping to be able to meet other mums. Hopefully there will be some toddler groups or equivalent that I can attend.

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Zug is a nice town, but your man will need a good salary if you hope to live in the area (www.Homegate.ch). In fact, salary can be quite a sticking point. It's OK to be offered a job but a family of 4 would ideally need a salary in excess of 150K to have a decent (not luxurious) standard of living. Can be done for less I'm sure but things are expensive here. If he is offered a position he needs to scrap for every franc he can get, plus relocation expenses etc.
This is something we have researched over and over but can't find the information we need. My husband is a Communications Manager. Anyone have any experience with salaries in this field?
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