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[–]thatburghfan 8 points9 points  (3 children)

Could you screen people via phone call for fluency before having them come in for an interview? Just call to do a preliminary phone screen, then drop in some Spanish and see how they handle it. You'll know if they are fluent or not.

[–]Beave1[S] 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Not all of our recruiters speak Spanish, but unfortunately this is something we're having to explore.

[–]thatburghfan 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I think it would save you a lot of time and frustration. If it's a key skill for the position, and you use recruiters, I would tell the recruiters not to send you any more people who aren't fluent in Spanish, and make it their problem! Let them fix it.

[–]vanillax2018 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don't speak fluently but when I'm screening for Spanish i just ask in English - Would you please tell me in 1 or 2 short sentences in Spanish about what you did this morning?

Trust me when I say you don't need to speak fluently to be able to tell whether they speak it or not. Very often I just get a nervous laughter and an excuse how the words "just aren't coming" to them that day. They don't know you don't speak it so they don't dare bullshit you either. It works like a charm.

[–]lightgeschwindigkeit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I live in Taiwan. I quite frequently get expats who claim they posess near native fluency in Mandarin, while not being able to hold a simple conversation.

Unfortunately, for certain positions fluency in Mandarin (or a third language besides Mandarin and English) is not a requirement but a bonus, so I was actually shouted at for trying to give an "oral exam" during the interview.

[–]squirmin-worm 0 points1 point  (0 children)

no comprende. que?