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Start the selection process

You have already received a few applications for the vacant post? In that case, the selection process can begin. Evaluate the application documents in the usual way,

  • first of all objectively according to the criteria you defined in the job offer. Note that in other countries, the structure of CVs and covering letters may differ from that in Germany. For example, in English-speaking countries it is not customary to enclose a photo. So be receptive even to unusual applications.
  • During the second stage, try not to evaluate the applicant solely according to their formal qualifications or certificates, but take other skills into account too, such as personal and professional experience. Additional language or cultural skills can also be regarded as a plus point.
  • During selection, consider what possible subsequent training (e.g. language acquisition) the person might need and whether you are prepared to support them, e.g. by giving them free time or by paying the costs.

Tip: The BQ Portal provides centralised information on foreign professional qualifications in Germany. On it, you will find comprehensive information on how to better assess and evaluate basic and advanced training qualifications obtained abroad.

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Federal Employment Agency (BA)

Information on admission to the labour market (German, English)

Information for employers on recruiting international qualified professionals (German)

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