Portuguese Job Interview Tips
Working abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. However, a job search in Portugal requires more than just the obvious Portuguese CV writing and translation. You have to pass the Portuguese job interview. You will face issues that probably did not even cross your mind when you begin planning to find jobs in Portugal.
Do not misjudge the impact they can have on the end result of your adventure! For example, you will experience the different immigration rules and habits, job application procedures, the selection trends and the management culture.
Most visits to Portugal are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
Prepare yourself for the Portuguese job interview. Before an interview find out information about the company you want to work for. Bring with you copies of diplomas and letters of reference from former employers. An extra CV can be handy too. Practice (preferably in Portuguese) your one or few-sentences "speech" about who you are and what you do. Do not whine. Do not talk about being jobless. Do not dump on your former employer. Be positive. You will never get a second chance to make a first impression!
Remember, the same keywords you used in your CV will be the foundation for your job interviews. Not only you need to be able to write about your keywords, but also during an interview, you must be able to talk about them in strong and powerful statements that highlight your successes, contributions and achievements.
Remember, how you dress is the one of the most important parts of not being hired.
So, check the Portuguese dress code
Usually there are several job interviews, some psychological and technical tests. Aptitude and psychometric tests are used for candidates up to middle level management. Sometimes graphology is used for senior appointments (no permission is needed beforehand).
Punctuality is important, so arrive at least 5 minutes before a job interview showing your friendly face. Dress professionally, even for service-related positions, such as those in restaurants.
Usually the Portuguese job interview starts with introductions and handshakes with everyone present. Smile. When introducing yourself use your last name without your title. Maintain eye contact while talking to someone. Use professional titles, or Mr., Mrs., Miss with the last name when addressing someone. Try to demonstrate some knowledge of Portuguese history, politics and culture.
Do not sit until invited. Talk effectively demonstrating your knowledge of the industry and/or the company, do not interrupt the interviewer and criticize former employers.
Prepare for all kinds of interview questions about yourself, your skills, qualifications, experience and hobbies. Answer them as fully as you can, avoiding yes and no answers. Ask for clarification if you do not understand the question. You do not have to answer personal questions, but consider in advance how you are going to tackle them.
Portuguese job interviewers often ask about your past successes and mistakes on the job. It is a good idea to prepare a few career success stories and couple that had less than favorable outcomes but were learning experiences.
When listening to a Portuguese talking in English, it is very important to nod showing that you are listen and understand the speaker.
Ask questions about the job, the lines of authority and your future responsibilities, but avoid raising the issue of salary or benefits early in the process. Do not forget to ask, “When can I expect to hear from you?” (if that has not been discussed).
You do not have to answer personal questions, but consider in advance how you are going to tackle them. If you feel uncomfortable with a question asked, simply smile and say, "In my country, that would be a strange question."
At the Portuguese job interview do not volunteer information that the interviewer does not ask for
Before leaving, thank everyone present for interview and shake they hands.
After the interview, do not forget to write a thank you letter and subsequently follow-up by letter, email or phone call. Employers regard this as an indication of your strong interest in the position.
You may have to wait for the results of the job interview due to lengthy consultation process in Portuguese businesses.
Other Portuguese Job Interview Info
We hope that your Portuguese job interview has been successful. Follow up your job interview with a thank you letter. Employers regard this as an indication of your strong interest in the position.
Good luck with your Portuguese job interview!