Spanish Job Interview Tips
Working abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. However, a job search in Spain requires more than just the obvious Spanish CV writing and translation. You need to pass the Spanish job interview. You will face issues that probably did not even cross your mind when you start planning to go for jobs in Spain.
Do not misjudge the impact they can have on the consequence of your adventure! For example, you will experience the different immigration rules and practices, job application procedures, the selection trends and the management culture.
Most visits to Spain 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. The Spanish authorities have carried out a number of arrests as a result of investigations into terrorist networks.
Prepare yourself for the Spanish job interview. Before an interview find out information about the company you want to work for. Practice (preferably in Spanish) your one or two 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.
Find out information about the company you want to work for. Remember that business cards, letters of reference and photocopies of academic certificates at initial job interviews are customary. You will never get a second chance to make a first impression!
Be aware that, the same keywords you used in your CV will be the base 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 as well 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 Spanish dress code
Usually Spanish job interviews are on a one-to-one basis. However, depending on the level of responsibility, the panel job interview can follow. The number of job interviews varies, but it is not uncommon to have as many as six job interviews or even more. Do not be surprised by psychological and psychometric test during application process.
Arrive 10 -15 minutes before the job interview and turn off your cellphone. Usually a short, perhaps 20 to 30 minutes, introduction interview is held. The purpose of it is to give you some idea about the company and its operation, and to give your prospective employer a chance to get a first impression.
Shake hands firmly with all present looking each one squarely in the eye. Address those present by their title and surname. Exchange business cards. Look less serious and more cheerful.
If an introduction interview is successful, the psychological and psychometric tests will follow. After passing this initial selection step serial of job interviews will follow. The Spanish job interview carries a lot of weight, since human qualities are perceived by Spanish recruiters to be more important than professional qualities.
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 questions about your motivation, which is the most sought-after quality, about your skills and weaknesses, and what you can contribute to the company.
In addition, an interviewer may ask you to respond to hypothetical questions and to very direct ones – like for example, “Why do you want to work for us?”. Listen carefully to the questions and answer them directly and in an organized manner avoiding yes and no answers.
The Spanish 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.
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 Spanish job interview do not volunteer information that the interviewer does not ask for
When listening to a Spaniard talking in foreign language, 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 responsibilities, but avoid raising the issue of salary or benefits early in the process. Do not bring this up until the company offers you the job and the recruiter starts the discussion, not the candidate. Do not forget to ask, “When can I expect to hear from you?” (if that has not been discussed).
At the end of your interview and before leaving, thank everybody present for interview.
You may have to wait for the results of the job interview due to lengthy consultation process in Spanish businesses. Do not forget to write a follow-up thank you letter.
Other Spanish Job Interview Info
We hope that your Spanish job interview has been successful. Follow up the job interview with a thank you letter. Employers regard this as an indication of your strong interest in the position.
Good luck with your Spanish Job Interview!