Excerpted from the Chile Career Guide
If you plan to look for a job in Chile, you should take some time to learn about Chilean culture and history. It is important that you research the company and position, but recruiters appreciate foreign candidates who know basic yet identifiable details about the country. Topics might include, but are not limited to, major cities, the party leading the government (but do not offer any personal opinion on political parties), basic geography and the main soccer clubs in the country. This guide’s Cultural Advice section can help you with this.
You should arrive to the interview between five to ten minutes early, but not more than 15 minutes early. The reason why it’s best to arrive just a few minutes before the interview is because an earlier arrival might convey anxiety; it also can affect the logistics of an ongoing meeting the recruiter is in, causing an overlap in the presence of the candidates. You should arrive at the interview alone, without a friend or family member present. If you are running late, you should contact the company immediately and give a solid explanation for the delay. Foreigners, in particular, are expected to be on time; you should be patient, however, if the interviewer is a few minutes late. Do not smoke or chew gum, either before or during the interview, and be sure to turn off your mobile phone.
Group interviews, which are popular in the US, have become increasingly common over the past few years in Chile in certain fields and among employers seeking young professionals. Recruitment teams regard these as an efficient way to assess a candidate’s communication skills, as well as organizational, social and problem-solving skills. These types of interviews are used for the first stages of the interview process.
There are two types of group interviews: the classic format, in which each candidate is asked personal questions in order to assess how he or she relates to the rest of the group, and the assessment format, which simulates real-life work situations over the course of a day or two to see how the applicants behave and react. Another interviewing method is role-playing. Interviewers are constantly evaluating other details, such as whether the candidate greeted the receptionist and other candidates, or if he or she assumes leadership positions within the group.
Immediately after the interview, one should send an email and a written thank you note to all interviewers. The candidate should follow up several days later with a question or additional information, if appropriate, such as more information on skills, abilities or experience. It is best to contact the person who ultimately makes the hiring decision.
This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the Chile Guide.