In his [url=http://www.manager-tools.com/2006/03/how-to-handle-headhunters-executive... post [/url]Mark Derricutt said:
[quote]Hey guys - just listening this show on headhunting and found it quite timely.
I recently received an email from an ex-manager of my current employer asking to “catch up for coffee” - he’s a good guy, I hadn’t seen him for awhile, so I went. I didn’t really have any preconvieved notion this would turn out to be a head-hunting operation but as I sat waiting for him at the local Starbucks the thought crossed my mind.
Sure enough, after a brief “so hows the office? this is what I’ve been up to” conversation came the innocent enquiry of “so we’re looking to expand and grow - and I thought of you…”.
Normally it’d would have been taken positively, and whilst it was in this instance, I also had a sense of “this startup might be onto a good thing, but they sound technically disorientated” - which in and of itself might be a good thing for me - to be able to bring some order and process to a fledgling organisation.
The conversation however came to an abrupt uncomfortable silence as I was asked “so what do you think? Interested?” Now, I’m not one that takes change easily, if asked a year ago I would likely said yes instantly but now - my current job has turned itself around and the company is a good place to work, and once again enjoyable. So even thou I’m not currently in the market, I’m also no longer in the headspace of wanting to walk.
I had no response for him, I wasn’t about to say yes, but I also hadn’t had any time to even think about it. Even after telling him this an uncomfortable silence remained for 3-4 minutes as thou we were both waiting for someone to somehow end the meeting.
Now, I’m not actually sure what I’m asking you guys, maybe its a generic question on the best ways to actually deal with these kinds of situations where you can’t just say “no thanks ” and hangup on them. I’ve not heard back from the guy and nor have I folllowed it up yet.
Anyway, look forward to the next show… [/quote]