Know what you’re looking for
A lot of potential employees like to hear about team retreats and activities as part of a company’s culture, but when you’re in an interview, be realistic about what kind of environment you want to be a part of. If you have family obligations or small children, you might want to look for a company that does their team building during office hours only. A good team doesn’t have to spend time together outside of work to have camaraderie. And if you join a department that does a lot of team building on weekends or after hours, you risk alienating yourself if you don’t take part. Make sure the team you’re joining is the right fit for you, not just the one that seems like they have the most fun culture.