Brush up your intercultural skills

Brush up your intercultural skills at Introducing: The German Way workshop

If you are a reader of this blog you most likely heard about the latest news regarding jobs at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant. The German car manufacturer went public with an interesting stat: So far they have received some 18,000 applications and hired 100 people. That means, out of every 180 applicants one got a job at VW. If you don’t want to be one of the other 179, you not only should get your resumé up to speed. You may also want to brush up your intercultural skills.

USA vs Germany flags

The good news coming out of VW’s HR department: They will likely hire more than the originally announced 2,000 employees because some components for the car to be assembled at the plant could be produced at the facility.

If you want to increase your chances at landing an interview and getting one of these jobs, I recommend educating yourself. Of course, having some basic German skills won’t hurt, but depending on the position you’re seeking, language may not be much of an entry barrier.

Cross-cultural skills however, will be indispensable. When dealing with Germans, there are certain things you should know and be aware of. Even though the German post-WW2 culture has seen strong American and British influence there are many differences – some are rather obvious, others are more inconspicuous.

Don’t put yourself at a disadvantage by your lack of knowledge of particular aspects of German business practice. Instead, sign up for the upcoming workshop Introducing: The German Way. Join Höferle Consulting and ORMS on July 28 at the Cleveland/Bradley County Chamber of Commerce for a full-day seminar.

While this workshop is mainly targeted at educators, it will also address many important issues of the business community. When talking about Germany, her people, the school system and how it intertwines with the economic sector there are some fundamental basics that are going to be covered during the event.

For example, Introducing: The German Way will talk about office etiquette and protocol, management styles, leadership and decision making, presentation styles, meetings and negotiations, communication styles, and about how the German society is somewhat more feminine than the American.

Date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Location: Cleveland/Bradley County Chamber of Commerce
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 noon and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Admission to the workshop is $59. Since space is limited, advanced registration is recommended. Teachers and staff members of the Cleveland and Bradley County School systems can attend at NO charge thanks to the generous support from the Safe Schools & Healthy Students initiative.

A flyer and an application form for the workshop can be found here.

One thought on “Brush up your intercultural skills

  1. Christian, Thanks for the info. Unfortunately I will be out of the city the date of your seminar, but would nontheless enjoy meeting you for a drink at your convenience. Let’s try to pencil in a meeting in later july or august. 308 2906. best regards, West Oehmig

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