I’m not sure that your title doesn’t say it all, Linkat.
I was never subject to being head hunted, except for a board position on a largish field related organisation in my province. I’d attended as a speaker on a symposium of sorts, and caught their attention. It was flattering… yeah, but, no thanks…despite any perceived prestige and no matter how it might look on a resume. No time, no inclination. I turned them down flat.
But, I did mull over an internal promotion just a few years ago. My E.D. asked me to go into the field, first, doing stuff that he used to do, and I did that for a while, but wasn’t entranced. He then asked me to attend and evaluate a training program in my area, which I did, with two others who were eyeballing it for their own area people, also hand selected. He then created three management positions, and called me at home one night to encourage me to apply. I know which position he wanted me to take. I declined. The other two are now management for a different division.
The thing is/was, I had a pretty full life outside the office. I already had a decent job. I did think about it, it was significantly better pay, but once I had made the decision to decline, I felt " relieved. I’ve accepted that I’m not on a rising star path. I’m good with that. Seven weeks vacation, good benefit package, no nights, no weekends, all stat holidays, and somebody else has the headaches. I’m good at what I do, I like my job most days, and, I’m freeeeeee. Money’s not everything. I’m as secure as one can be in this economy. I’m lucky. I know it.
No kidding. I felt relief.
Did I settle? Some might think so.
Having said that, I think you should accept an interview.
Your mileage may vary.