Tips for applying in English and to international companies

In a globalised world, the ability to successfully apply to international companies is becoming increasingly important. This article highlights the key differences and important aspects of writing job applications in English and to international companies.

From adapting your CV to international standards to understanding cultural nuances, we want to give you all the information and tips you need to apply successfully not only nationally but also internationally.

When applying in English and to international companies, there are some differences to German applications and important aspects to consider:

  • CV: In English-speaking countries, the CV is often more concise and focuses on professional experience and qualifications. Personal information such as date of birth or marital status is usually omitted.
  • Cover letter: This should be short and precise, but should clearly state your motivation and suitability for the position. Direct and clear language is important here. Avoid overly long and cumbersome formulations.


Cultural differences:

  • Cultural differences: Be aware of cultural customs and differences in communication. In some cultures, for example, more value is placed on directness, while in others more value is placed on politeness and formality.
  • Language skills: Make sure your language skills are sufficient to communicate effectively. This applies not only to writing the application, but also to the interview.
  • International standards: Find out about the common formats and standards in the country or at the international company you are applying to. For example, the format of the CV may vary.
  • Emphasise relevant experience: Emphasise international experience, language skills and intercultural competencies that may be particularly valuable to international companies.
  • Use networks: Use professional networks and platforms to find out more about the company and its culture and to make contacts.


Preparing for the job interview

If you are applying to an international company for an English-speaking position, you should be aware that the job interview will also be conducted in English.

We have listed some tips on how to prepare for this here:

  • Improve your language skills: Practise English, especially subject-specific vocabulary that is relevant to your intended career field.
  • Practise typical interview questions: Prepare your answers to common interview questions in English and practise phrasing them fluently in English.
  • Consider cultural differences: Familiarise yourself with cultural differences in terms of communication styles and business etiquette.
  • Mock interviews: Conduct mock interviews with a friend or mentor to get feedback and build confidence.