I went on an interview last Friday, and I'm not quite sure how to interpret the event and would like your opinion.
As soon as the interviewer and I walked into his office, he asked the "Tell me about yourself" question. I can answer this in about 3:30 flat, and I did, but I expected a little more talk as an introduction.
Here's the scene. He sits behind his desk, and I sit on the opposite side. His laptop is open, and he's looking at it occasionally. During my "Tell me about yourself" answer, I interrupted myself to ask him if I should wait until he's not distracted. He told me to continue, so I did. And that was the last time I let the scene phase me.
Between him and me were the resumes of some other applicants for the position. At one point, he reached over to his side where some electronics lay, and he picked up a screw and a screwdriver to fidget with them - very nonchalant, disinterested. He asked me three other questions, and I had four prepared for him.
I still closed him, followed closely to MT advice, and I'm still following up with the job. But if they offer me the position, and it turns out he'll be my boss, I will decline on the spot.