I have not been searching for a new position but have been contacted by a recruiter about a potentially interesting opportunity. I would like to proceed to at least confirm mutual interest and talk in more detail with the hiring company. However, the hiring company is (1) fairly small, (2) a former supplier for my current company, and (3) lead by a personal friend of my current boss.
Any suggestions for how to proceed without risking word of my interest getting back to my boss? If things proceed well or if they were to decide that they aren't interested in me, I'm obviously not too concerned. However, if they were interested and I determined that it wasn't a fit, I'm a little worried about this fact getting back to my boss.
The recruiter would like to share more detailed info about me with the hiring company. I've thought of (1) just ignoring my concerns (sending resume, having phone interview if appropriate, etc.), (2) having a conversation with HR at the hiring company and asking for complete confidentiality but don't send them anything, or (3) sending them an anonymous resume for them to review and gauge whether there is mutual interest.
Any tips or other suggestions? Thanks.