Workplace culture is tricky.
One social mismatch is how I discuss a given conversation topic. Take sports for example. I have trouble relating to the whereabouts of specific players and other details that commonly come up; the discussions are too “down to earth” for my taste.
When it is my turn to talk, I often find fun in variants and what-ifs. What if full-size golf had minigolf like obstacles? How would tackling change if the rugby field was slanted? Sadly, most people in turn can’t relate and the conversation goes nowhere (even if it is "on-topic"). This problem extends far beyond sports and affects both more casual conversation as well as more serious discussions.
Edit: Here is a more concrete example of what I am talking about when I say "creative impulse", albeit in a different context.
Regardless of the job, a good community is important even though breaks are a just a small fraction of the workday. Thus as I search for (most likely) computer programming jobs it would be nice to be able to scout out places where the culture better matches this my "what-if" style.
It is hard to communicate these concepts into a 30 second networking pitch or a google query without using heavily loaded buzzwords like “creative” or “innovative”. Is there a way, such as interview questions, to tease out the answer or at least get a general idea? Also, is it possible have an "order-of-magnitude" of how rare are these cultures I am looking at?