While I am educated as a planner, for the past 4+ years, I've been working on the economic development side of things, specifically handling research and site selection type work. At meetings of various organizations I belong to or committees I am on, which are usually made up mostly of demographers and economists, I routinely run into a few of the same people over and over.
One gentleman, who is a senior economist for a large local energy provider contacts me a few times a year looking for data or my municipality's take on certain issues. Last week he told me he was planning to be in my neighborhood today and invited me out to lunch to, "pick my brain" and for an "exchange of ideas". He and one of his coworkers, his firm's manager of energy forecasting, came today and about 3 minutes into meeting the other guy, I learned that he is currently interviewing folks for an analyst position and the travails of how that's going and how inadequate the applicants have been thus far. The rest of the time I was with them, they only spent about 5 more minutes discussing data sources and our modeling software, the rest of the 60+ minutes was spent discussing how I feel about my bosses, how I like the organization, etc. etc.
Was I secretly being interviewed? If I was interested, I probably should have spoke up when they mentioned the analyst position but I'm pretty thick headed sometimes and didn't. I have already contacted both gentlemen with some data examples that they asked about and will be following up with more tomorrow or Friday.
Would it be unseemly to inquiry about the analyst position that they mentioned? (Nothing relevant is listed on their firm's website) Even if I don't want to switch positions, now my interest is definitely piqued.
What to do? Did I miss my chance to explore this further? (Both of these gentlemen are aware that I am not an economist, accountant, or finance person)