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.
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.