I was approached yesterday by someone working for a competitor to consider them for a role in my company.  Their pitch was that they were more valuable given the nature of their knowledge of the competitor system.  I said thanks but no thanks without hesitation.

This is a challenged marketplace – as evidenced by the number of unsolicited I and other employers receive.  While people need to take steps to ensure their personal situation, there is a question of ethics around this behaviour of effectively offering access to what they consider is secret information.

We have considered employees of competitors before but they had left their last company.

In a business like ours we need to be especially careful.  We expect security over our intellectual property and look for this in everyone we consider for employment.