Quiz: Working In Germany

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As an American in Germany, would you know how to navigate the German office culture? Do you have the right stuff? Find out by taking this short test - it's free, and it's fun! This multiple choice quiz was created for the Germany-USA Career Center by our partner Christian Hoeferle, based on frequently asked questions and issues encountered by U. S. Citizens working or looking to work in Germany. No pressure: with each answer, you will get immediate feedback to let you know if you made the right choice. Let's get started!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    When being introduced to Germans in a business setting you...
    • A. 

      Just nod your head to every person and say "Hallo"

    • B. 

      Hand them your business card before talking

    • C. 

      Shake everyone's hand, wait for them to say their name before you give them your full name

    • D. 

      Keep a formal distance and simply mumble a subdued "Guten Tag"

  • 2. 
      Your German co-worker has her office door closed. She...  
    • A. 

      Is having a bad day and doesn't want to be bothered

    • B. 

      Is preparing for an important meeting and needs to focus without distractions

    • C. 

      Is temporarily tending to personal matters

    • D. 

      Is showing her discontentment with the team

  • 3. 
    When beginning a business meeting, what are appropriate conversation starters?
    • A. 

      Talk about family & friends

    • B. 

      Discuss current events (sports, news)

    • C. 

      Just comment on the weather and move on to the agenda

    • D. 

      Use any of the above sparely and go straight to business

  • 4. 
    What is the proper attire for the professional German business environment?
    • A. 

      A sports coat/blazer and slacks

    • B. 

      Jeans, dress shirt and suit jacket

    • C. 

      Pant suit or suit

    • D. 

      Any of the above - depending on the type of industry

  • 5. 
    It’s your birthday. At the office...
    • A. 

      You receive a cake and small gifts from your co-workers

    • B. 

      You better expect to be pranked by your colleagues

    • C. 

      Your co-workers expect you to provide cake and Sekt (German bubbly) for everyone

    • D. 

      For privacy reasons, nobody is supposed to know your date of birth and it’s business as usual

  • 6. 
    Germans are strereotypically known for efficiency. To prove yourself, you...
    • A. 

      Always work late

    • B. 

      Make sure to leave the office on time

    • C. 

      Work late in on special occasions which require team overtime

    • D. 

      Remind team members to stick to the office hours

  • 7. 
    How do you appropriately address a female business contact?
    • A. 

      "Fräulein" and her last name

    • B. 

      "Frau" and her last name

    • C. 

      "Frau" and the academic title/s (if applicable) and her last name

    • D. 

      Option B or C

  • 8. 
    In a meeting that includes several departments or business functions it is appropriate for participants...
    • A. 

      To speak freely on any topic on the agenda - brainstorming leads to creative solutions

    • B. 

      To speak on topics that touch one’s expertise

    • C. 

      To voice opinion outside one’s expertise when asked by leadership

    • D. 

      Option B & C

  • 9. 
    To enter into a contract with German companies...
    • A. 

      You need to build a strong personal relationship with their leadership team

    • B. 

      You have to win their trust by being sincere and honest, by presenting convincing data and facts

    • C. 

      You need to make your case in perfect German, and avoid (American) English

    • D. 

      Option B & C

  • 10. 
    What are some etiquette taboos?
    • A. 

      Keeping your hands in your pocket when talking to someone

    • B. 

      Avoiding eye-contact

    • C. 

      Moving chairs & tables around in someone’s office

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 11. 
    What do you hear in German hallways during lunch hours?
    • A. 

      The pinging sound of microwaves from the kitchen

    • B. 

      "Mahlzeit!"

    • C. 

      Nothing. Everyone is out eating.

    • D. 

      The sound of fingers pounding on keyboards. Lunch is for losers.

  • 12. 
    You are unhappy with a work situation and need to talk to your superior. You...
    • A. 

      Walk into his office and raise your concern;Germans like the direct approach

    • B. 

      Make an appointment to speak with him

    • C. 

      Ask a colleague to set up a three-way talk

    • D. 

      Go through HR first and make sure they think it's a good idea

  • 13. 
    When giving performance feedback to Germans...
    • A. 

      You use the "sandwich" technique - praise, criticism, praise

    • B. 

      You tell them directly what you dislike about their performance and suggest routes to improvement

    • C. 

      You need to let them save face, so you take part of the blame

    • D. 

      You rely on the team to redirect individual members

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