How to Apply Tips for Students and Graduates

Tips for Students and Graduates

The experience you’ll gain at Credit Suisse will help shape your career and put you on the path to success. The application process is the first step and a chance to stand out from your peers.  Below is information to help you write a great resume, learn how to craft a compelling cover letter and make a great impression in an interview.

Perfect Your Resume/CV

Your resume/CV, is the formal document that describes your academic background, professional experience and relevant accomplishments and interests. It is your professional billboard and a critical first step for getting in the door.

Here’s how to write a great resume/CV:

  • Keep it simple: Stick with a conventional format and an easy-to-read font, such as Arial or Times New Roman. Strange fonts and other gimmicks will only detract from what is important – your education and experience.
  • Try to limit your resume to one page, and don’t worry about including an “objective” statement.
  • Use action words: Provide the basic details about each milestone, such as the name of the organization, position, location and dates. Then provide relevant details about what you accomplished or how you contributed using action words such as “researched,” “produced” or “identified,” with a different word for each bullet.
  • Avoid gaps in dates, as they are a red flag. Offer an explanation for any break in your education or experience.
  • Stick with what’s relevant: Include personal interests and accomplishments that offer real insight into who you are and what you bring to the position. Keep this section short and professional.
  • Be truthful and accurate: Don’t be shy about sharing your accomplishments, but don’t exaggerate your experience. Double check all dates and locations to make sure your story is portrayed accurately and that everything is up to date.
  • Proofread everything: Check for spelling, grammar and formatting errors.
  • Get a second opinion: Ask a mentor or colleague to read your resume and offer feedback.

Tell Us Your Story

A cover letter should complement your resume/ CV, not just repeat it. This is your opportunity to introduce more information about yourself, fill in the gaps, and let us know why you are interested in and qualified for a particular position/program at Credit Suisse.

Here’s how to write a great cover letter:

  • Think depth, not breadth: Pick one or two key points you want to highlight in your cover letter.
  • Focus on addressing the following questions: why you are interested, how you are qualified and why you should be hired.
  • Know your audience: Customize your letter for the position or program to which you’re applying and double check that names and positions are accurate.
  • Show enthusiasm: This is your chance to stand out by sharing why you are excited about the position or program and what you bring to the role.
  • Be concise: Keep your cover letter to two or three paragraphs. 

Interview with Confidence

The interview is an opportunity for you to learn more about Credit Suisse and share more about yourself. Candidates typically go through two or three rounds of interviews. During the first-round interview, which may be conducted via phone or in person, you’ll spend up to an hour with an interviewer, who will ask questions to help determine your competencies, knowledge and potential for success. If you are invited to second or third round interviews, these interviews will be in person, and focused on the program and team to which you are applying.

Here's how to make your best impression:

  • Attend an on-campus presentation or webinar before your interview or participate in our virtual recruitment process and follow up with questions.
  • Bring several copies of your resume or CV, printed on neutral-colored, high-quality paper.
  • Come to the interview with knowledge of what Credit Suisse does and a list of questions about how and where you might contribute your talents.
  • Be prepared to give examples from your background and talk about how your experiences align with the role you are seeking.
  • Stay positive, especially when talking about previous employers or explaining why you made certain choices.
  • Take a moment to think before answering questions, speak clearly (avoid “like” and “um”) and when relevant offer specific examples. Be thorough in your responses but don’t ramble on.
  • Ask questions about the role you’re considering and the company’s culture; it’s an excellent way to show interest and gain information for future interviews. Be cognizant of the interviewer’s time, limiting your questions to one or two that are most relevant to the role.
  • Make a good impression by looking like you already work here — dress in appropriate attire, turn off your phone, and greet each of your interviewers in a professional and friendly manner.
  • Follow up with a thank you and affirmation that you’re ready to explore next steps.