Class members in this year’s course were interested in documents
used and the interviewing process for European positions.
We had the benefit of a visiting scientist who reviews resumes and
interviews for an international firm headquartered in Germany.
He told us of quite a few differences as he compared European and
American processes. The European CV contains a current photo,
marital status and birth date, children and hobbies. Of course, formal
training, education and certifications are important. Any gaps
and transitions in experience are seriously noted in the experience
section which is chronologically listed. A helpful format is the
Europass outline. Data needs to be exact stating months and
The interview process commonly involves a Skype screening
interview after receipt of a CV and cover letter. The cover letter
is less focused on showing the specific match of musts and
wants for the position using specific keywords and describes
more your motivation.
It is not unusual for an off site, third party organization to
screen and verify everything on the resume and perform
detailed assessments of your psychological profile and
hard and soft skills. After completion of this is the onsite interview
which also takes a day.
Similar questions asking you to describe your skills start their
process, however a short summary is not always enough.
They may “drill down” on specific areas and pursue your future
plans. The interview process is different in that they really
want to know what makes you tick and what you do outside of
As in the US, networking and referrals are leading steps to
successfully land an interview and position. Internships and
formal program relationships between companies and
specific universities are maintained and lead to job