TL:DR Contacted on LinkedIn, agreed to a meeting with an account rep about my experiences at my current company. I'm not sure if she wants to talk job opportunity or looking for me to put her in touch with someone in order to sell their services.
The long of it: Recently (like 2 weeks ago), I started a new LinkedIn account for 2 reasons. To try to network with people and maybe see what kind of job opportunities exist. I'm currently employed so I wasn't actively looking to change that unless something great popped up.
My profile was incomplete for a couple of days while I was putting it all together but had the basic information, my job title, my current employer, and my goal.
I was contacted during that time by someone from a fairly local software engineering company. Its a little hard to get a clear idea of what this company does, they are intentionally broad/vague on their website but they are an established company. A few years back when I was still in school I was at job fair where they had a booth and the rep was very vague and secretive about what they did. It left me and a couple classmates a little turned off (Why would we be interested when they can't interest us?). I think they were just trying to put out a start up vibe even though they had existed for 20 years already.
The message I receive on LinkedIn essentially stated that this person was going to be in the area, wanted to have a quick chat over coffee about my experience at my current company. I didn't put too much thought into it and agreed thinking this would not only be a good networking opportunity but possibly discussion of job prospects as well.
After I accepted, and as I was building up my profile some more, I noticed that the person that contacted me was an account rep or sales rep. Hm. I looked through the companies other LinkedIn employees and there wasn't anyone listed as HR so this had me wondering a couple things.
Is this person trying to solicit some kind of sales contract? My job title listed doesn't peg me as anyone with the kind of position to contract an outside party for work. Our company is pretty big, while some things are in-house at our segment, some things are outsourced, and other things are done from a corporate, global level. I'm not even close to being a contact.
Is she using me to get in touch with someone that is? Why the need to meet in person?
Would an account/sales rep be in a position to also act as a recruiter? My job title also doesn't seem to be solid indicator that I'd be qualified to work for them. My profile is more complete now, and would reflect that better. I don't feel it appropriate to say, "hey, check my profile now for more info." While this was all a pretty informal chat to meet for an informal meeting, I don't want to make the entire thing goofy.
What can be accomplished over coffee? Am I just wasting my time?
It feels a little late to ask for clarification and a bit awkward as well. How should I handle this?
Is there a question similar that has some insight? I can't find one.