I agree.Friend/former coworker asked me to be a reference for a job he's interviewing for. Sure, no problem. Glad to do it.
He emailed me today. He didn't get it, despite being very qualified, a hard worker, and got through the first round of interviews. In the second round, he apparently asked for some info re: their benefits package, and for each aspect (vacation time, sick time, health insurance, dental insurance, core work hours, etc.), he was told "It's flexible." Nothing concrete.
So after the second interview, he interviewed the HR person he'd met with to ask for some info, and he was told that he was not going to be hired b/c he was more interested in his own personal financial gain than in the actual job and doing the work.
We both think he dodged a bullet.
Toj makes a good point, but you said he asked in the SECOND interview, not the first - I think that makes a big difference. Their answer is also very sketchy; I can see how maybe hours and PTO could be "flexible" but they couldn't answer his questions about insurance coverage? That's not something that CAN be flexible, you either have a plan or you don't. And if they do it some other way and reimburse people for out of pocket costs or something, they're walking a fine line of illegal and you wouldn't want to work there anyway.