I've had two recent interviews for different positions where the interviewer ended with collegial talk, complimenting my resume (thanks, MT!) and communication skills ... then complaining about other candidates in the pool. One talked about others not living up to their resume or having loud distractions in a Skype call; the other talked about candidates not following directions or having weak writing.
First question: Is this a new test to see how the interviewee will respond, to get them comfortable and see if they'll join in?
Second question: What's the best way for an interviewee to respond? (Please feel free to move this thread to the Career Management Forum if that's more appropriate.)