Recently I was talking to a recruiter about applying for a position and after a few exchanges, he sent me a take home test before I could proceed.
As of recently, I started thinking a lot more about whether or not I feel now is the time to move and I ended up realizing I'm not ready to move yet. However, because the company that contacted me is fairly prestigious in my industry, I also don't want to lose the connection.
I feel I'm in an awkward situation because after being given this take home test, I feel letting the recruiter know I am actually not interested right now might come off the wrong way -- after seeing the test, it might seem like I'm not interested because of it.
What's the best way to communicate with the recruiter if we could follow up in a year? Perhaps I'm over thinking it?