Not sure I want to interview. I’m loyal to my company.

That’s not the “recruiter ploy” it easily could be if I didn’t support it a bit further. There’s even a bit of this my clients might not like as much as I do but it’s what I believe….Here’s a scenario….Rhetticent looks internally  while at the same time talking with 2 of our clients. Both clients AND GD are interested and make more or less simultaneous offers (at least our clients(though probably not GD) would know what’s going on and would wait while it happened). Scott then does what’s best for Scott and family.GD has an edge here. Our clients are good enough that a certain percentage of the time they can beat that edge and they don’t mind competing against it. I’d hate to think that you took a slightly lesser job or a slightly lesser salary because a company that sponsored your clearance and made profits from it is also trying to recruit other people the same way. (Ok, that others do it does not make it more right so throw that point out).Biggest point here is that the only way for you to know is to actually make the comparison. Secondary point is that “companies” are collections of people and companies cannot and do not feel loyalty. I know a guy at YOUR company who came there to work for a guy….that guy left for SAIC the day he started….If you tell me there is one human who sponsored you and that he’d be devastated if you left I’d make a different argument (the one where he’d interview too and bring you along if it was a good opportunity).An introduction might be something like….Rhetticent is trying to find a better home within his current organization. We have persuaded him to speak with you on the condition that this is understood up front and that he may not be able to make a commitment until he is certain the best place for him is not GD. If that is accepted up front he could interview….blah blah…I’d even have you approve the language if you like…I appreciate your willingness to discuss these things and there are no hard feelings here if you don’t pursue this at the moment. Unless you are able to accept that, as hard as we are trying to persuade you to interview, we celebrate that the world could be best served by your getting a better position in GD then this could appear pretty self-serving.But since it happens to be true it is why we have been successful for 22 years and had many guys like you hire us to find people once they find we really ‘walk our talk’.  In any event, we’ll respect your decisions and do what we can to help you even if you choose not to interview.Thanks, Dave.

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Dave Staats places top executives as well as implementation consultants with software companies. He also has made more placements in Artificial Intelligence than any other headhunter. His career began during the SDI (Star Wars) years and included placement of scientists in laser, stealth, and other high-tech fields. During a short hiatus from the recruiting industry in 1994 he obtained a Private Investigator's license which he keeps as a constant reminder that a headhunter is what he really is. Dave is on the Board of Directors of The Pinnacle Society and a founder of The Tennessee Recruiters Association. He has a BA from Western Illinois University. Dave also blogs at Truth, Justice & the American Way of Headhunting


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