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 curriculum vitae

Your curriculum vitae is the formal document that describes your academic background, professional experience, and relevant accomplishments and interests.

Here's how to write a great curriculum vitae:

  • 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 fit your curriculum vitae on one to two pages.
  • 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 leaving gaps in your curriculum vitae – make sure to have an explanation ready for any gaps in your education or work experience.
  • Stick with what's relevant: Add personal interests and milestones that will give the reader an insight into you and your interest in the position. Keep this information succinct and professional.
  • Be truthful and accurate: Don't be afraid to tell us about your achievements, but don't exaggerate either.
  • Proofread everything: Check for spelling, grammar, and formatting errors.
  • Get a second opinion: Ask a mentor or colleague to read your curriculum vitae and offer feedback.

Tell Us Your Story

A cover letter should complement your curriculum vitae, not just repeat it. This is your opportunity to tell us more about yourself and go into detail about any gaps in your career. You can share the reasons for your interest in working at Credit Suisse and cite your relevant qualifications.

Here's how to write a great cover letter:

  • Think depth, not breadth: Pick one or two key points from your curriculum vitae that you want to highlight in your cover letter.
  • Focus on answering the following questions:

1) Why are you interested in the position?
2) What makes you qualified for this position?
3) Why should you get this position?

  • Know your audience: Tailor your letter toward the position or program for which you are applying and double-check whether the names and positions are correct.
  • Show enthusiasm: Specify what aspects of the position or program are of particular interest to you and what you can offer. This is your chance to make a lasting impression!
  • Be concise: Limit yourself 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. It varies depending on the position but, generally, two or three interviews are conducted. The first stage lasts approximately one hour. Here you will have the opportunity to talk to an interviewer, either over the phone or in person, about your skills, field of expertise, and potential. If you are successful in the first interview, you will be invited to attend a second and possibly third interview, which will primarily focus on the program and the team for which you are applying.

Here's how to make a lasting impression:

  • Prepare well and conduct your own research in advance about the field of work and our company.
  • Think about your next career steps and display your motivation and interest for the position.
  • Give honest and genuine answers and try to give a professional impression.
  • Be prepared: Research the areas in which Credit Suisse operates and prepare a list of questions about where and how you can apply your talents to the benefit of the company.
  • Be prepared to give examples from your background and to talk about how your experience is relevant to the role for which you are applying.
  • Remain positive, particularly when discussing previous employers and explaining why you made certain decisions.
  • Take your time before answering questions, speak clearly (avoid saying "erm") and use specific examples where appropriate. Be thorough in your responses, but avoid rambling. 
  • Ask questions about the role and company culture as this shows interest and gives you useful information for future interviews. Be aware of the duration of the interview – focus on the questions that are most important for the role.
  • Give the impression that you are already our colleague: Dress appropriately, switch off your cellphone, and greet each interviewer in a friendly and professional manner.
  • Follow up with a thank you and affirmation that you're ready to explore the next steps.