I know most people like to work in quiet environments and employers may boast about how quiet their work environment is. I'm not like that and I actually prefer some noise, I mean not random noise (e.g. construction work, traffic) but the sound of people working. I'm not sure how to best phrase this in an interview because I don't want it to sound like "I enjoy horsing around with my colleagues". Any suggestions?
I thought I could state it as "I enjoy an open communication environment and work well with teams". I was at an interview today. In the interview we talked about how the workplace had a very team oriented atmosphere and people would collaborate all the time. As I exited the interview room and turned the corner (note the door to the room was never even closed) I was startled when I saw 4 or 5 people working around the corner. They were so quiet I didn't even notice they were there (they were women too, and I would've guest if anything women are more talkative than men). I felt a very strong incongruencey from what the interviewer just said about "working as a team" and "strong communication" and seeing these people so quiet (not even hearing the click on their keyboards) I must have not expressed myself well in the interview.
I've worked in call centres and that kind of work environment is more comfortable to me. As an aside, it goes the same for roommates (you don't talk at work, you don't talk at home, where do you talk?)