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Excerpted from the Peru Career Guide

Pre-Interview Preparation

Peruvian recruiters expect applicants to do their homework before the initial interview. A candidate should know about the company, its mission statements and vision, main business, major clients, and office locations. This background information will help the candidate establish a more cordial relationship with the interviewer and will demonstrate the applicant’s interest in the job.

Interview Conduct

One of the most important things to remember for an interview in Peru is to arrive on time. Peruvian people tend to be less punctual than they would like to be, so those who can demonstrate punctuality are apt to make an especially good impression. After arriving on time, however, the job candidate must be prepared to wait for the recruiter.

The Interview

Job interviews at Peruvian companies usually are conducted in Spanish. Even when the applicant is a foreigner, employers assume that he or she knows sufficient Spanish to apply for a specific job. On the other hand, multinational organizations sometimes hold interviews in English, especially when fluency in English is specified as a requirement in the job description.

The interview is conducted like a conversation between two or more people (depending on the number of interviewers). This makes it easy for the recruiter to delve into the applicant’s personal life, asking questions about his or her background, family, interests, and physical and mental health.

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Peru Guide.

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