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dallastiger55
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Interviewing with another company

If my current company finds out I interviewed for a direct competitor do you think they would fire me? Anyone been down this road?

I'm starting to think if I don't get the job I will get let go. It's a small industry and they will find out.


LSURussian
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Yes.


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boosiebadazz
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probably

have you discussed confidentiality with the company you are interviewing with?


dallastiger55
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re: Interviewing with another company
yes i have but its tight knit community and people talk. starting to get nervous


Bayou Tiger
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They are probably asking questions of your references. Also they may be subtly asking questions about you to some other people you have worked with and possibly clients. Companies try to be clever and confidential in the way they ask around, but some individuals are better than others at being discreet.

Another x-factor, as was rumored to have been done at my old company (I did not confirm) is that if your company is big enough they may have a planted recruiter occasionally calling you or your coworkers just to get a feel for who is looking around.


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diat150
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re: Interviewing with another company
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If my current company finds out I interviewed for a direct competitor do you think they would fire me? Anyone been down this road?

I'm starting to think if I don't get the job I will get let go. It's a small industry and they will find out.





I would say it all depends on how good of a worker you are and how important you are to the company.


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ZereauxSum
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They probably would, but couldn't you just deny that it ever happened? The only proof would have to come from the competitor, but what motivation would they have to provide it?

You could just say you we're approached by a headhunter (unsolicited) and they are probably vetting you.


LSURussian
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couldn't you just deny that it ever happened?

So LIE to his employer?

What could possibly go wrong with THAT???

If he is worried about it, he should have a sit down with his current employer, explain the situation and be a man about it.


ZereauxSum
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So LIE to his employer?

What could possibly go wrong with THAT???


If his current employer approaches him about this, he's toast anyway.


Captain Ron
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If my current company finds out I interviewed for a direct competitor do you think they would fire me?


Not in my field.


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LSURussian
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If his current employer approaches him about this, he's toast anyway.


And if his proposed employer finds out he lies to his employers, then what?


ZereauxSum
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And if his proposed employer finds out he lies to his employers, then what?


OK, so he doesn't deny it. Instead, he can avoid the question.

Boss: "I heard from a client that he heard that you interviewed at X Corp. What's going on?"

Dallastiger: Well, someone at X Corp asked me questions with respect to an open position. Maybe they are poking around?

Boss: Are you interested in this position?

Dallastiger: (laughs) well, I don't have an offer from them so there's nothing to be interested in. By the way, can I talk to you about that project you assigned to me last week?

The two walk off to get coffee. No lies we're told. Same result.


LSURussian
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That's a much better approach than lying to his employer. That seems to always come back and haunt the liar.


ZereauxSum
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re: Interviewing with another company
Yeah, "deny" was a poor choice of words. I just don't see any need for him to build his own noose.


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Vols&Shaft83
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Be honest, if you're let go because you were seeking to move up in the world, it's not the worst thing that could happen. I wouldn't work for a company that didn't want me to achieve more in life. And you don't EVER want to develop a reputation for being dishonest.


RickAstley
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re: Interviewing with another company
I don't think they would fire you. It might create mistrust. I know my company and several competitors work with the same headhunters and get feedback when an employee talks with a competitor, through the headhunter.

Fortunately in my field, the demand for work is high, and if you feel undervalued at your current company, you can work it into a raise, bonus, etc... with the threat of leaving. Or you can just get up and go work for someone else. Definitely be careful about lying to your current employer because you never know what kind of discussions are occurring on the other side.

As one poster said earlier, you could be talking to someone hired by your own company?

Good luck!


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lynxcat
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Not in my industry, but recruiters are constantly contacting us.

The one thing my employer does want is a chance to state its case prior to someone leaving (if they really want to keep them). If travel or pay is the issue, then I think they will make some changes.

Once you are having that conversation with an offer in hand elsewhere, I think you are in a tight spot re: longevity with current company even if you do stay.


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