I am currently looking for a job as a working student and I got a few invitations for interviews already. Now I am thinking about stuff that would be important for me to feel comfortable at work as I want to be clear about them with my potential employer right from the get go.
A particular issue that bugs my mind is that, I am a person who just doesn't enjoy participating in social events that a lot of companies like to arrange. That would be activities such as attending birthday parties, participating in sports events, dining or things like camping or hiking together with colleagues.
My question is, how should I bring this up, if at all, during a job interview?
Note: Just to be clear, I am not saying that I strictly do not ever want to hang out with work colleagues, I am just saying that my standard position is that I generally don't want to rather than the opposite. This is because for me work colleagues aren't usually people that I'd be willing to spend some of my freetime with. So only if there was to be someone particular that I, over time, have developed a good friendship with, I'd consider fostering this relationship by hanging out together now and then. But again, that is not my standard relationship with all my (prospective) colleagues.
Some more information that might be relevant:
- Being a student I'm looking for a position as a working student (parttime)
- I do not intend this to be a long term employment at this company
- My position is in the field of software engineering
- I am referring solely to events outside working hours
Since some have suggested How can I politely decline my boss's invitations to social events after-hours or on the weekend as an answer: My question differs from the suggested one in that I am asking if and how to bring this topic up to a prospective employer in the job interview. The suggested question, however, discusses the manner in which to decline invitations to such events from your boss.