I'm a final round candidate (EP) at one of the tier 1 firms. Recently, I got an invitation from my recruiter to have a 'free talk' with a staffing manager at the office which I applied to (the one who will map me to projects if I get hired eventually) about the case staffing process and discuss about my background before the final round interview. According to the recruiter, it's just a casual chat, not a fit interview and has no implication on the recruitment outcome.
I'm perplexed why the firm does so before giving out the offer. Is it a common practice? Anyone out there has similar experience?