You’ve been caught… going for a job interview!

Let’s be honest.  At some point, someone – maybe even you- skipped out of work to go for a job interview.  Believe it or not, your employer probably knows it.  But, if you get the new job, so what if anyone figures it out?  Well, what if you DON’T get the job and you have to walk in the door at your old job.  It’s bound to get awkward, especially if you are confronted by your boss.

There is absolutely nothing preventing you from wanting to move up in the world, but there are professional and tactful ways to go about it.

1. Address it… IMMEDIATELY. We talk about being open and transparent to our clients, so do the same with your employer.  Tell him/her that you are sorry they found out the way they did.  Explain that you’ve had great experiences with the company, but you need to explore your options. You don’t want to burn the bridge.

2. Compliment your boss. I’m not talking about being a brown noser, though. Tell your boss (honestly) that you’ve learned a great deal while working for the company.  Even though you would want to leave, he/she has probably taught you a thing or two.  Tell them that they’ve set a great example for your career moving forward.

3. Don’t show up in your interview outfit. If your office is causal dress, don’t stroll in with a suit.  At least change out of what you interviewed in. Tip 3a: Try to set up any interview after work hours or take a personal day. This will alleviate any possible conflicts.

4. Don’t flaunt that you’re interviewing. Word travels fast, especially in a small company.  Be respectful of your colleagues and practice discretion. This does not mean you shouldn’t ask advice from trusted mentors. Just keep your chatter to a minimum.

5. Be prepared for some backlash. There could be hard feelings, especially within smaller companies.  Just because you tell your boss afterwards, it doesn’t mean he’ll be all peachy.  There may be a trust issue moving forward.

Keep in mind how you would handle the situation if you were in your boss’ shoes.  It provides good perspective now and in the future.

Been caught or know of someone who was? Let me know your thoughts on this below.

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About JasMollica

"It's never too late to have a life and it's never too late to change one." That's something I tell students, friends, and family all the time. After living and working in New York City, I took my own advice in 2004, switched my career from the television/radio industry and got into public relations. Now, I spend my days as a PR/social media marketing consultant and get inspired daily. It's been a good ride, so far. But the car has plenty of gas left. I hope you'll join along in this guy's journey!

Posted on September 30, 2010, in Job Search and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Thanks for posting the article, was certainly a great read!

  2. So true! It is hard walking back in that door after an interview. It’s just like you said, you must be aware of your boss, and treat them with respect and honesty about how they have helped you learn and grow.

  3. Best to keep this secret at all costs. Many places will simply fire you.

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