This post is part two in the Living in Sweden Series. In the first post, we discussed how to find a job in Sweden. Now, once you found a job, you need to create a polished resume and prepare for potential interviews in Sweden.
A CV, curriculum vitae, is a longer form of a resume. If you are from the US, you should revamp your resume to include a few more details that should be on a CV in Sweden. From the Arbetsförmedlingen guidebook on finding a job, this is what you should have on your CV.
Made it this far? When you apply for a job in Sweden, just as in most countries, you should also include a cover letter stating why you want the job. Write what experience you have that can complement the job as well as what makes you different, i.e. a stellar candidate, from other applicants. Most employers are okay if you write the CV and cover letter in English, though if you have the knowledge (don’t fake it) do write in Swedish.
The Swedish Job Interview:
First off, if you get your foot in the door with an interivew, more than half the battle is won. A job interview, in Sweden or anywhere else in the world, is your opportunity to prove that you are the best person ever for the job. Period. You are awesome, you get the job.
Prepare for the interview:
What to take to an interview:
Because you are a foreigner, I would carry additional paperwork to satisfy any questions the interviewer may have. You probably won’t need it, but you never know and do not want to slow down the interview because you left papers at home.
I have had several interviews in Sweden. Preparing for a job interview in Sweden or anywhere else is a daunting task, especially if you know nothing about the culture. Swedish job interviews tend to be more personal than American interviews and more subjective based. They also don’t spend as much time giving you lots of “situations” or number crunching exercises. Here are few questions I remember from my interviews and some from the guidebook.
Potential questions at a Swedish Interview:
If you made it this far, be sure to thank the interviewer and ask what the next step is. Send a thank you letter as well. If you applying for a job at a traditional Swedish company, then mail one to the interviewer. If you are applying to a high tech, very internet based company, an email will suffice. If you do not hear anything in one week, send a reminder and find out how the interview selection is going. Ask if there is any paperwork that you could provide to help them.
I also would tell my future employer that I must have a Swedish work visa in order to work in Sweden. , that my future employer must file all the necessary paperwork and pay the fees. I had one employer give me a job offer on condition that I do all the paperwork. No thanks, you can’t do that. Job offers have to be approved by a union board, so going your own way is a very very long and tough road. If your employer is not willing to help you with a visa, it is a sign that they may not help you with many other things at the company.
Of course, be enthusiastic and excited to work in Sweden and work for a Swedish company. Be relaxed and know your stuff and you will be okay.
Good luck with your job interviews in Sweden!