Aww, I was about to point that out :(
Stupid crappy low initiative rolls....
There is something woody about this thread, can't put my finger on it though :)
I don't want to go out on a limb here but did you arbor any real desire for the job?
The best interview I ever took part in was for a play leader in playschemes ... the number of people who were not willing to get involved in role play was scary ...
If it is done badly, then the message doesn't come across and leads to people getting the wrong impression of the company and walking out.
If the role play can start with something associated with what the company does then it helps to break this issue down. If you take some of the tasks that certain Army Regt and Corps do when running selection courses for Corporals and Sergeants ... they vary but tend to have scenario based tasks looking at how you deal with people in a range of situations, but some also involve abnormal situations designed to stretch the imagination. Design the perfect sandwich, being a human basketball hoop, work out how to count the number blades of grass on a football pitch on Mars ... they might seem bizarre, but when done right they tell you a lot more about people ... and that is what it is all about ... finding out about how people tick.
Oh god, woodn't you know it, another thread devolving into puns galore xD
Although I'm usually not the quickest with puns, so I'll just plant myself over here in the corner and willow in self-pity... Birches ¬.¬
I've done roleplay before, but it was always obviously related to the job. The interview that I walked out of was a full day affair with 20 candidates and was for a large communications kit manufacturer and they literally just dropped it on us immediately after lunch. The rest of the day had been a shambles, candidates told different times to arrive so the early birds including me were kept waiting from 0845 to 1030, we were given different dress codes, different lunch timings. We were inteviewing for 7 different jobs in different departments. It was like it was two discreet groups and then were all lumped in together! The interview was in guildford, but the job i was actually going for was in southampton, so i was pretty annoyed about having travelled from bournemouth for it.