Excerpted from the Spain Career Guide
Interviewees should always be on time in Spain, although they should be prepared to wait for the interviewer for up to 30 minutes.
The best way to prepare for a job interview in Spain is to research the company’s website or reference books. Spanish recruiters are impressed with applicants who have knowledge about the company’s chief executives, products and services, competitors and clients. One should also review the job requirements carefully in preparation for the interview.
For an interview, dress should be formal or classic, although this might vary depending on the professional sector and company philosophy. Men’s business attire consists of a conservative but well-fitted suit, including a jacket and tie. Women generally wear stylishly tailored dresses or suits. Black or brown shoes for men and high-heeled shoes for women are preferred. Nowadays, in the creative sector, as well as in communication and new technology-related companies, the dress code tends to be less formal; men are not required to wear ties while women are not always expected to wear tailored dresses or heeled shoes. In these professional categories, a smart-casual look for both men and women is usually welcome and valued as a sign of modernity and originality.
Spaniards tend to be very conversational, and there is always casual discussion before entering into business. Personal relationships are very important, both socially and in business.
The interview starts with a 20- to 30-minute introductory speech from the interviewer about him/herself, the company and the content of the job. The purpose of this is to give the candidate some idea about the company and its operations, and to give the prospective employer a chance to form a first impression.
After the interview, it is acceptable to follow up with a phone call or an email with the main interviewer. It is advisable to avoid calling the first thing in the morning. This follow up communication will thank the interviewer for his/her time, and offer him/her the opportunity to get further information, including information about references.
This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Spain Guide.