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By john_michael_vicente ·
I graduated in the philippines as computer engr. last march but migrated here in spain after two months.Now, after having an spanish courses, i started to find a job.I almost had four(tech support) interviews but nothing seems to happen. I know that i have lack of experience and skills but now, im reading books about systems administration,networking etc.Of all these interviews,when the interviewers asked me how long i've been here in spain and i said 9 months they paused for a while somewhat thinking.I know this could be the problem.Or maybe my interview skills,or because of lack of experience and skills, or maybe i need restart my spanish course.Can someone help me how to be hired with this kind of situation?

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by JoOehrlein In reply to Need help about job inte ...

Why do you think the interviewers paused when you said you had been in Spain 9 months? They might be afraid that you're only there temporarily. If you feel that is the case, you can reassure them that you want to stay in Spain long term. Are there immigration issues -- will there be extra work or paper work if they hire you? Think what you can do to reassure them that it will be worth it without sounding cocky. What have you been doing for the last 9 months? Perhaps you need to better explain your activity to them.

For the interview, I would practice with a friend, preferably a native-speaker of Spanish. Together you can come up with reasonable questions and small talk. Do the whole interview in Spanish. Practice until you feel comfortable and confident. Practice what to do if they use a word you don't know. As tech support, you will likely be interfacing with users -- your communication skills are very important.

Make sure you know the technical terms in Spanish that your interviewers and the users might know. This might not be covered in the basic Spanish classes.

Try to come up with several questions of your own to ask in the interview -- what's a normal day like, what kind of training/mentoring is there at the beginning to help you learn the way they do things, what is a typical user call about. These show interest in the job as a job and not just as a source of income or benefits.

Your job in an interview is to convince them that you're the best person forthe job. Think of it from the interviewer's perspective. If they have other people with the same type of credentials, but who speak better, those people will almost surely get the job. You have to work on your Spanish enough so that it is a non-issue. You want them to be surprised to hear that you've only been in Spain 9 months.

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by estebandelatorre In reply to Need help about job inte ...

They could be afraid that you may leave the company in a couple of months.
Instead of 9 months say 2 years, how happy are you in spain and what are your expectations for the next 2 years.

Good luck

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by RealGem In reply to Need help about job inte ...

Whoa!! I have to disagree with that last one - never lie. If you have emigrated or are applying for citzenship, tell them. If you are on a short term work visa, tell them. It NEVER pays to lie to a potential employer, unless you want to be fired,sued, deported, or whatever.

You could actually ask someone at one of the companies, too. Make sure that it's unofficial, off the record, etc. Is the problem with the 9 months, or is it somewhere else.

I would be more concerned with the lackof experience. It's a vicious cycle to break into, and it may take some time. You've only had four interviews - keep on plugging.

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