"Wow" is all you can say about this one.
From a reader:
I was contacted by a recruiter on LinkedIn. She wanted to meet for coffee and / or lunch to discuss my qualifications. I doubted she actually had a position, as there was no mention of it. Anyways, here is the message:
HER: Thanks for connecting. I wanted to reach out to you and see if you were available for coffee / lunch. I wanted to learn more about what you were working on at your place of employment (presumably for helping to identify a match with a prospective employer).
ME: I typically do not meet with recruiters because I have found the majority do not have any real positions. Many simply want to stick my name in a database. And that's really a waste of my time. In fact, the only recruiters who have ever proven beneficial have never even met me in person.
Hope this message doesn't come across as harsh, it's just business and that's how I handle it (as business, and my time is valuable).
Did that work? Oh hell no! She had to retort, and try to make herself out to be something she wasn't.
HER: I wanted to meet with you to discuss how your company is working around analytics and talk about consulting, not to recruit you. And don't worry, you definitely won't be on my list after an unwarranted response like that.