Applying for the job next door.
February 2, 2014 6:35 AM Subscribe
I want to apply for a job that, unfortunately, happens to be located a few floors below mine in the same office building I currently work in. We're talking about 20 floors total in the building, so it's not a huge place. If I get an interview, how do I make this work?
posted by J. Wilson to Work & Money (17 answers total)
There are some complications, natch. First, it is a job at a different firm doing essentially what I do now. My boss takes things like this personally, so he would view my application (if he found out) as disloyalty. There's very little doubt in my mind that he would fire me on the spot. (I realize the shared elevator bank could potentially make things awkward if I got and took the new job, but that doesn't concern me much.)
Second, my office is casual. People wear jeans every day. I can wear khakis without people commenting, but that's about as fancy as I can pull off without people noticing. I would, of course, want to wear a suit to an interview. Two ideas I've thought of: (1) find a professional networking event going on the day of my interview, and attend so I have an excuse to be wearing a suit; and (2) tell the new employer about our casual dress code and see if they would be okay with me not wearing a suit to interview for this reason.
Finally, while the "same building" issue is one I could avoid by not applying for this job, it is a small community and the rest of these factors will be present for any potential move. There are some good aspects of my job, but there are enough substantial ones that not exploring my options out of fear is a path I am unlikely to consider.
So, how do I do this with the least risk to my current employment?