I always get a laugh out of all those stupid "build your resume" or "10 interview questions to prepare for" type articles on Yahoo or whatever. First of all, I kind of wonder if there are people out there who actually think Yahoo is a good source for this type of information. Seriously, try reading one of those articles once, but don't do it with a mouth full of milk because you're likely to start guffawing all over your computer.
I was a darn good interviewer in Lima. I was turning down jobs left and right, and when I did take a job I made it a point to set the record for the largest contract ever awarded to a new employee. I've never spent the time interviewing in the US that I did in Lima, although I think some of the things I learned in Lima gave me bad habits for interviewing in the US.
You see folks, it's a whole different ballgame. Employers are looking for something totally different in Peru than in the US.
If you go onto Yahoo, most of the advice tells you to essentially grovel for some table scraps. I think that attitude is BS and it's much better to go in there and give the impression to your potential employers that they're going to be in BIG trouble if they let the competition get a hold of you. Obviously, that's not all that possible with many jobs that you're likely to be interviewing for, but that should be the ideal your striving towards.
In Peru, it's good to go in there like you own the place. You really have to develop that superior Pituco mentality. If you're Caucasian, that's in your favor in Peru (hey...I'm not saying it's right, it's just the way it is)--my friends used to call it "reverse racism" because Peruvians tend to treat you really well just for being white. I don't have any experience in how Peruvians treat people of other ethnicities.
The only problem I could potentially see is that business wear in Peru is very formal and Americans are used to dressing...as my wife puts it..."like slobs." You definitely have to wear a suit, tie and nice shoes when interviewing in Peru. Women should wear heels...again, that's the way it is, I didn't make the rules so don't look at me like that.
Every time I interviewed, I always put things in the context of what I would be making in Peru versus what I could be making in Peru and let them know I was willing to do them the favor and take the job because I wanted the experience. It's always nice when you're letting your prospective employer know that you should be making 3 times what they're paying you, it makes them treat you with the right amount of respect.
Oh, and be able to speak Spanish. This will help you not only in the interview, but when you're dealing with the workplace politics that are inevitably going to be stirred up by the massive contract and favorable treatment you're getting. Yeah, it can be unpleasant at times, but that's the price of being paid three times as much as everyone else.
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