I went on an interview the other day, and it seemed to go well. The position was for a webmaster to maintain a site, improve the search engine optimization (SEO), all that good stuff...
In the interview the interviewer asked me some very detailed questions about how I would handle the SEO on a website. I entertained some of the questions while I explained that I would need to do more research on the site and it's current situation to better answer.
At the end of the interview she asked me to follow up with her after I examined the site more and provided more information as to how I would improve the sites SEO. She said that this would help her determine if I was a good fit for the position.
I found this a bit strange. As a freelancer I am not a stranger to potential clients trying to get information from me while I'm not on their dime, and this seems a lot like what was happening.
In my follow-up I wrote that I enjoyed the interview and would like to further discuss my possible employment with them. I also tactfully mentioned that I was not comfortable with giving her anymore information on my methods until I have secured employment with the company.
Has anyone else encountered a situation where an interview is used to gain information from them?
Was my response appropriate?