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EP 1671 I received this question from someone about whether they should tell a firm that they are interviewing with another company. 

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“Should I tell my employer that I am interviewing with another company even though I don’t want to switch jobs,” is the question.

“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'm still on a probationary period. I'm wondering if I should tell my boss about my plans.”

Now I am going to cover this in a couple of different ways but I just want to start by saying, “NO! Don't go out there and tell them you're curious about this super prestigious company and that they'll find out. Let start off with, “the find out.” part of this.

What do you think is going to happen? There is going to be a billboard in your city saying, “so and so is interviewing with such and such company and is out looking for a job now.” How are they going to find out?

I will also say that, for most people, when they talk about, “I am curious,” that indicates they're not happy so they’re starting to, “date other people (If you understand the metaphor).” It's kind of like . . . “you're married, I'm happily married, but just curious about that other person over there and have no interested in getting involved with them. But I am curious.” That's how employers take it.

If you think that telling your boss is going to make it any easier, well, it's like someone confessing to their wife, husband or partner that they've had an affair. “I've had an affair. I realize how terrible it was. I love only you.” You feel better because you assuaged any guilt that you have but now you’ve dump 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’s the same thing with your employer. You don't go out there and vomit on them that you are curious about this firm, that you got recruited and you're going on an interview. You feel better; they feel worse. Why would you want to do that?

I also want to come back to the point I made earlier. You are probably not happy with your new job and that's really why you are listening. you say you are curious but I know from experience that if you are completely happy that phone call been responded to by saying, “I really am flattered by the call but not at this time. It is not my time to change jobs. I really like what I’m doing, etc. etc.”

So, my simple answer is don't do it. You're on probation. Why would you risk your probation even going on the interview? That’s really what you our doing, even if you tell them. His reaction or her reaction may 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!” Is that really what you do?

You know, you’re cheating on them. You are saying things that like you're committed to your current employer, but then you or dating other people.

So don't do it. It is really that simple.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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