PE Headhunters and their little games
My name is Patrick and I am following this forum for at least 5 years. After graduating from a well-known Msc in Finance in Europe and some time in M&A, I am now in PE investments and love the work.
However, something bugs me.
Some while ago when I was trying to switch to the buy side, a headhunter from the UK contacted me. After a short phone interview, we exchanged email and a couple of days afterwards he called me back saying I have an interview at a nice PE firm in my city. I think that I was a good fit for this firm for several reasons, so I wasn't that surprised.
A week after that I saw on LinkedIn that this firm indeed posted the job opening.
I didn't apply, knowing that I already have an interview and it wouldn't even be legal for me to do so (not sure about that) because I delegated that to "my" headhunter .
A couple of days after that the headhunter didn't answer my email.
Obviously, I rushed to apply to the job, but the job opening was already closed.
The HR guy at the firm said he was never in contact with my headhunter or his firm and never saw my CV.
Needless to say, I've never heard back from the headhunter.
My question(s): How should I handle this kind of situation I the near future? Is it market practice/legal to contact a firm to check if the headhunter indeed is negotiating a first-round interview? What was the game the headhunter was playing with me? I am kinda new to this headhunting thing so please enlighten me.
Thank you in advance for your answer my dear chimps