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The Danish recruitment process through expats’ eyes

Recruitment processes differ from country to country. It’s important to be aware of these differences so you can adjust your CV, cover letter and expectations to meet the standards of your new country and to stand the best chance of landing your dream job! To help you navigate the Danish standards, we’ve gathered some honest insights from internationals living and working in Central Denmark.

Genre Karmen Raamat, Lead Scout at Accelerace, Estonian

Karmen"The great thing about Denmark is that employers value passion and personality over ticking every skill in the job description. Instead of only looking for the skills they need, Danish employers are looking for people/personalities they want to work with and are not afraid to take a chance on you."

"My advice is to keep an open mind and, when applying for a job, to be honest, and passionate about what you want."



Cristina Corti, Business Controller at Dynaudio A/S, Swiss-Canadian

Cristina Corti"One of the things that stood out to me in the recruitment process is how much more personal it is in Denmark. In Canada, the focus is primarily on your skills. In Denmark, there is much more focus on making sure that the person fits in the organization and with the colleagues as much as, if not more than, the skills of this person. I find this really cool because, at the end of the day, a person will work long term for an organization if they are happy on the job."

"On the more negative side, the recruitment process is extremely long. In Canada, I got a job in 2 weeks, here the recruitment process took 2 months. If you are not aware of it, and not used to it, it can be very demoralizing!"


Adrian Lupescu, Developer at Heyfunding, Romanian

Adrian Lupescu"The best way that I found work is through volunteering while I was studying here. Volunteering is part of the Danish way of life, and it is the best way to make friends, expand your network, and keep yourself motivated."

"Finding a job in Denmark is borderline impossible without a special skill. It can be as easy as Danish or as complicated as learning to code. However, working in Denmark is one of the best things ever. Because of the people, the system and the social fabric."


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