I am currently looking for a new job. My boss is ok with this, he has written a nice letter of recommendation and no dates are set for anything. This is Denmark, so he currently has 4 months of notice if he wanted to let me go, and I have 1 month.
There's this company (500-1000 employees) which I have been interested in joining for a long time, and last month they finally posted a job opening which fit me. I applied immediately ... and didn't hear back.
Then last week a recruiter contacted me saying they had an exciting opportunity for me with the same company. I didn't mention that I had already applied a month earlier. We talked on the phone, but after 30 seconds of describing what I do, they cut me off and said that they didn't think I would fit that particular position, but maybe somewhere else and they would contact the company and talk it over with them. I send them my CV and recommendation as per their request. That same afternoon I got a mail from the company saying they had read my application with interest and would like to have me come in for an interview next week.
I assumed the recruiter had contacted them after reading my documents, so I didn't expect to hear back from them, but yesterday the recruiter called me again. They told me that they had talked with the company and the company didn't have a position available at this time since they had filled a lot of positions recently but the recruiter had another exciting opportunity for me at a start-up doing sort of the same thing - they had already passed my CV on, and the startup was very interested in my profile. I didn't mention the invitation for an interview, since I wanted to see where this was going.
Did this recruiter actually talk with the company or did they have the start-up in mind all along? Is it just a coincidence that I received an invitation for an interview the same day I talked with the recruiter and a month after my application was sent?
I should mention that in the invitation for an interview, there was no mention of the recruiter or specifics about the job application, so I assumed it was a standard-format mail send to everyone invited for interviews.