Tips for your application

Recruitment process for an apprenticeship

To make a professional decision, we want to gain a comprehensive overview of applicants’ abilities, skills and personalities. We wait until early September for all the applications to come in.

School grades and our requirements linked to the apprenticeship are extremely relevant for pre-selection. You can find detailed information about the relevant apprenticeship sections.

Initial meeting
After carefully reviewing your application and making a positive assessment, we invite you and the other candidates to an initial meeting. Depending on the apprenticeship, this involves an assessment (exercises or test), an aptitude test, or a trial half-day or day. The training managers and vocational trainers for your specialist field attend this meeting.

Second meeting
At the second meeting we go into more detail and clarify any questions we have from the initial meeting. This gives you an opportunity to gain some insight into your future activities and contribute as well. The discussion that follows will focus on you and your particular motivation for doing the apprenticeship. We want to know why you are interested in the apprenticeship, whether you are a good fit with us (company culture) and whether you feel comfortable.

We will be happy to introduce to you other team members and/or apprentices. Make use of this opportunity to ask us questions.

Apprenticeship agreement
By the end of October at the latest we will have selected those applicants we want to support as they embark on their careers. If we decide for you, we invite you and your parents to another meeting. During the meeting we will discuss all the details of the apprenticeship agreement, such as salary, working hours and vocational college, and will cover any queries you or your parents may have. The highlight is when all the parties sign the agreement. At the end there is a brief visit to your future workplace, so that your parents know where you will be working during your apprenticeship.

Taster days

Every year we offer high school students several taster days in the laboratory, irrespective of whether they are applying for an apprenticeship. Unfortunately, however, given the great interest in all the other careers, we can only offer this in conjunction with an application for an apprenticeship.

During the taster day, you and other potential candidates visit our workplace and get an initial idea of what day-to-day life during your apprenticeship might look like. In each department there will be a member of staff looking after you and showing you a range of jobs and tasks. An apprentice is usually also on hand. The day is designed to give you an insight into the many varied processes at work. You will have an opportunity during the day to ask any questions you may have.

Please email a cover letter, CV and school reports from the last school year to in advance. After receiving your documents, we will contact you promptly with other information.

Tips for your application

First impressions count, so it is important that we are convinced by your application and that you make a good impression. We have put together some points that you should bear in mind.

Application documents
Apply online for the position you would like. For your application you will need:

  • a cover letter
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a color photo of yourself
  • the results of your assessment test ( e.g. the “Multi-Check” or “Stellwerk” test )
  • copies of school reports from your senior grades
  • if you have them, taster day evaluations, employer references and confirmation of employment

Cover letter
The cover letter is an important part of your application.

It should explain why you are applying to us and for this apprenticeship in particular:

  • mention the apprenticeship you are applying for
  • say which school you attend and what subjects you like, etc.
  • tell us why you are applying for this apprenticeship:
    • What are you interested in?
    • What are you good at?
    • What excites you about this apprenticeship?
    • Why do you want to do an apprenticeship with us?


Document layout
As well as the content of your documents being important, you can also make a good impression with how they are presented.

Pay attention to the following:

  • your documents should look good and be carefully designed – make sure that the layout is clear and sensible
  • keep your cover letter brief and informative
  • make sure you have been thorough and check your spelling
  • ask someone to read through your application before you send it off

Tips for the interview

If your application persuades us that you are a good candidate, you will be invited to an interview at Geistlich Pharma. During this interview we will get to know more about you and you will have the opportunity to find out whether an apprenticeship with us is right for you.

Here are some tips to make your interview a success.

Before the interview

  • Find out about us from our website
  • Give some thought to the questions you would like to ask about the company and about the apprenticeship
  • Note the time and place of the interview and get directions
  • Write down the name of the person who is interviewing you
  • Be punctual or, even better, arrive 5 minutes early
  • Make sure you look smart
  • Consider which questions you might be asked and how you want to answer them. For example:
  • What are your motivations for doing an apprenticeship at Geistlich?
  • What are your skills?
  • What are your hobbies?


During the interview

  • Greet and say goodbye to the interviewer by name
  • Be yourself – we want to find out who you are
  • Maintain eye contact, listen attentively and let the other person finish speaking
  • Consider specific examples and situations when you have been able to demonstrate your skills
  • Ask the questions you have prepared; if anything is unclear during the meeting, ask about it
  • At the end of the interview ask what happens next

If you feel nervous, please don’t worry – that’s completely normal. Just be yourself. We’re looking forward to finding out about YOU!

If you have any questions about apprenticeship recruitment, please contact us

Tel: +41 41 492 55 55