Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Great question! Everyone has their own interview style, and that could be theirs! Always go into an interview being prepared to carry the conversation. It is unlikely that you would have to do this, but it can occasionally happen and if you are able to do this well, it will be a great win for you! It will showcase your leadership and communication skills. I will often start an interview off by asking “What should I know about you?” I will let the candidate lead from there, and I will engage in a very casual conversational style interview. I will use this style of interview when it is clear that they have the hard skills for the job, and I want to get to know their soft skills and their communication abilities.
When this happens in an interview the best advice that I can give, is to speak professionally, but also like you were speaking to a friend. Companies want to hire folks who can work well with others and also be someone that they enjoy working with. Having a casual conversation can provide insight to how you would fit in well with the team.
It is possible that the interview was having a rough day personally and or professionally. That will happen too, they could have also already found the person that they wanted to hire for this exact position and are having the interview because it was already scheduled. In either one of those scenarios, do your best to engage with them, and highlight your assets. If works, great, if not, move on to the next. Never get too emotionally attached to the first potential job that comes around. I wish you all the best in your hunt! –Nell