Quiz: Working In Germany

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Quiz: Working In Germany

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