BLUF: Was mentioning weekly O3 meetings in an interview a mistake?
I interviewed for a job this week and just received a rejection email. I thought the interview went relatively well and the Interviewing series certainly helped me prepare some good answers that I think were effective. However one of the questions that I think didn't go down well was about my management style. Part of my answer was about me being as communicative as possible with my team, and that I had introduced weekly O3 meetings with each of my directs.
My answer drew a surprised look from the HR guy on the panel, and he asked in a surprised voice "You have a weekly meeting with your 6 directs?". I responded that I found that those meetings actually save me time as my directs no longer feel the need to knock on my door in between those times, and the 30 mins per week is time well spent in improving relationships and communication.
Despite my best efforts, I fear that he thought I spent my whole time in internal meetings rather than doing 'useful work'. Was I wrong to mention the O3s in an interview without knowing if they are a convert to the idea?