Most of the advice that I see relating to job seeking, interviewing, etc. assumes that the potential employee is applying to the position. Therefore, he or she creates a résumé, writes a cover letter for the company, and, depending on the size of the company, either emails
jobs@domain that with the résumé attached or uses an online form to submit his or her application.
However, I often get emails from recruiters employed by companies, to the effect of:
DEVELOPER NAME HERE
RECRUITER NAME HERE, reaching out to you from AmazGoogBookSoft.
This usually goes on to mention some of your Github repositories, their rough understanding of your current job, etc., and asks if you want to have a phone call with them about working at AmazGoogBookSoft.
Thus far, I've gotten my jobs through:
- Someone I knew from 2.
So, I don't have any experience with this process, and I've never replied to one of these emails (this usually causes them to send a few more emails until giving up). However, I've read that it's valuable to go on interviews even if you aren't particularly interested in the position, so that you can practice interviewing and keep aware of your market value. Given that, I'd like to start doing that, and since these people are sending opportunities straight to my inbox, it seems like a good place to start.
What is the standard or optimal reply format for these emails? Do I simply say "yes, is time T on day D good for you?"? Should I attach my résumé PDF to the reply, and, if so, do I also need to include some form of cover letter? The latter seems odd, since I'm not the one that is expressing initial interest in the other party.
In an interview, common advice states to "sell yourself" and to express why you want to work at the company. In this case, I'm not necessarily that interested in working at the company, I'm simply not opposed. If I don't get the job, it's not a big deal, and I might be somewhat skeptical of the position to begin with. Assuming that I like my current job, they have to convince me to leave. How does advice for the interview itself change when being recruited instead of applying?
This question is specific to first-party recruiters. Third-party recruiters have a whole different set of incentives, etc., and I'm not sure if I'm interested in working with them at this time.