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CV and Interview Tips

How should I prepare?

First, reflect on the skills, competencies and motivation that make you a good match for the role you are applying for. Then, consider your audience. Who will be reading your application? What will your interviewers be looking for?

Highlight your relevant experience and qualifications to persuade them that you are the best candidate for the job.

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Your CV is your first opportunity to make a good impression, and it should provide an overview of the skills and qualifications that match the job requirements. Content and style vary from country to country. We suggest the following:

  • Show that you have understood and considered the job description by providing only relevant information.
  • Tailor your skills and experience to the job you are applying for.
  • Remember the CV "hotspots": Current/previous job title and responsibilities and education are where recruiters look first.
  • Use active, high impact language.
  • Keep the design clean and simple.
  • Limit yourself to two pages, if possible.

Most people include:

  • Personal details and contact information
  • An introductory statement summarizing key achievements and skills and including details of budget and headcount responsibility where relevant
  • Work history and experience - a list of jobs in chronological order, starting with the most recent job, along with one or two sentences summarizing roles and responsibilities
  • Bullet points to highlight details relevant to the job being applied for.
  • Education and qualifications (academic and professional where relevant)
  • Relevant skills
  • Personal achievements and interests

Your cover letter is an opportunity to expand on the facts in your CV and connect them to the specific job you are applying for. You can use it to demonstrate your professionalism, and indicate how you will use your skills to help ABB succeed. Remember that we receive large numbers of applications, so try to show a bit of your personality.

  • Customize your cover letter for each job.
  • Stick to the point and be brief – no more than one A4 page.
  • Establish a clear path through your academic and, employment experience, showcasing your achievements and how they link to the job requirements.
  • Explain why you want to join our company.
  • Expand on the most relevant points in your CV and address key selection criteria.
  • Use a clear and simple style.
  • Check grammar and spelling carefully.

This is your opportunity to show us why you are right for the job. In addition to discussing experience, competencies and qualifications, both you and your interviewer can assess the overall cultural fit with the organization. It is important to come prepared.

Read about ABB and the relevant business area.

  • Research common interview questions.
  • Think of your strengths and weaknesses, and be ready to provide concrete examples.
  • Collect examples from your work history to show that you have the experience/skill to perform the key tasks specified in the job description. If this is your first job and you do not have specific work experience, use examples from areas such as your education, interests, hobbies, and so on.
  • Prepare to ask questions about key responsibilities, team structure, challenges, future development opportunities, and career path.

On the day:

  • Be punctual and dress professionally.
  • Listen to questions carefully and answer in a concise manner.
  • Provide evidence of your achievements backed up with facts and figures.
  • Interview us: You need to find out if we are right for you, too.
  • Be honest, confident and enthusiastic.
  • Relax and enjoy the experience.

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