Ep 714 Should I Tell My Employer That I’m Interviewing With Another Company Although I Don’t Want to Switch?

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"Should I tell my employer. I am interviewing with another company although I don't want to switch jobs? I have an interview scheduled with a super prestigious company and maybe my current employer will find out. I don't want to switch jobs; I just want to experience that crazy hiring process. In my current occupation. I am still in a probationary period. I am wondering if I should tell my boss about my plans."

I would cover this in a few different ways but I just want to start by saying," NO!!!" Don't go out there and tell them that you are curious about the super prestigious company and that they'll find out. Let me start with the "find out" part of this.

What do you think is going to happen? Do you think is going to be a billboard in your city saying that so-and-so is interviewing with such and such company? He is out looking for a job! NO!!! How are they going to find out? I also say that for most people when they talk about being curious, that indicates that they are not completely happy and they are starting to "date" other people. It's kind of like when you're married and think to yourself, ". I am happily married, but I'm curious about that other person over there. I have no interest in getting involved with them but I am curious." That's how employer stated.

If you think that telling your boss is going to make it any easier, it's like someone confessing to the wife/husband/partner that they'd had an affair." I've had an affair. I realize how terrible it was. I love only you." You feel better because you have assuaged any guilt that you have but now you have dumped it off on them and you expect them to go, "I am so glad you told me about this." It doesn't quite work that way, does it? It will be the same thing with your employer.

You don't go out there and vomit on them that you are curious about this on the firm to which you got recruited and you're going on this interview. You feel better; they feel worse. Why would you want to do that?

I want to come back to a point I made earlier. You're not completely happy in your job and that's why you are listening. You say you are curious, but I know from experience that if you are completely happy that phone call would've been responded to by saying, "you know, I am really flattered by the call but not at this time. This is not my time to change jobs. I really like what I'm doing. Etc. etc."

A simple answer is, "Don't do it." You are on probation. Why would you risk your probation by even going on the interview? That's really what you're doing. Even if you told them his or her reaction could be to say to you, "You know, get out. Now. Don't pass go. Don't let the door hit you in the rear. Just get out." That's really what you're doing; you are cheating on them. You are saying things that translate into that you are committed to your current employer, and are dating other people. Don't do it. It's really that simple.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

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