Interview Conduct

Local experts explain appropriate dress, greetings, interview situations to expect, potential room set-up, punctuality and level of formality in interviews. Below is a brief excerpt from this section:  

Demeanor

  • Be relaxed and sit in a position that will allow a constant view of the interviewer.

  • Avoid the appearance of stress, doubt or impatience.

  • It is best not to smoke, even if the recruiter offers you a cigarette (and especially since smoking is no longer permitted in Spanish office spaces).

  • Your tone of voice should be clear and sufficient in volume to show confidence.

  • Spaniards are used to speaking loudly and often interrupt each other, so don’t be surprised or become disconcerted if you’re interrupted while speaking.

  • Behavior and the ability to socially interact within the company are of great importance for Spaniards. Smile and show enthusiasm during the interview.

It is proper to shake hands again when leaving the interview and to thank the interviewer(s). Simply saying, “Muchas gracias; ha sido un placer conocerle(s),” (“Thank you very much; it’s been a pleasure to meet you.”) can be a useful and positive way of showing appreciation and friendliness while shaking hands before leaving. 

This is just a brief sample of the extensive information in the GoinGlobal Spain Career Guide, which is carefully researched and regularly updated by local career experts.

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