Taking time off from my new job to interview for another one. Umm... that'll work.
March 9, 2007 7:40 PM Subscribe
I just started a great new job. My dream company just called to offer an interview. I have no idea how I should handle all this.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (28 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I wanted to ask now because of the anonymous time delay and to avoid my current boss possibly finding out.
I started a new job four weeks ago, and it's great. I don't have any dreams of staying there for years or anything, but I certainly don't want to lose it and the pay is good.
For the last three or four years I have wanted to work at a particular company. After almost a year of sending 12-14 applications to 12-14 different positions, I was called up and asked to do a phone interview (I'm on the East Coast and this company is in Atlanta). They tell me that if they hired me, they are looking for someone who could start within 2-4 weeks. I am very sure that if they like me over the phone, they will ask me to fly down to Atlanta for a face-to-face. I am also sure that if I mess this up I'll probably lose any future chance of ever working for my dream company again.
If I was offered a job at the dream company, I'd take it in a heartbeat; that's not the issue. The issue is how I should handle this with my current job. They have been very great to me and are very supportive of having me as an employee. In fact, my current job is without a doubt a better one than the one I'm interviewing for, but my dream company is one I would be able to work at for years and advance whereas I would not be able to here. My current job is a salaried position at an established organization but one that I would never advance in and would likely stay at no longer than a year or two; the dream job's offer would be for an entry-level training program that does not actually guarantee employment but would be a foot in the door at a company I would love to spend the rest of my life working at, and I would be nuts not to take the opportunity if I was offered it. Ultimately, I would be happy being at either job. I just don't want to become miserable being at neither.
Considering the likelihood I am going to have to explain why I suddenly need a day off, the way I see it, I have the following options:
1. Tell my boss nothing, make up an excuse to be out if necessary, and pray to god the potential job doesn't call up anyone at my current job to ask about me.
2. Be completely honest with my boss, emphasizing (this is true, BTW) that I am NOT actively looking for another job, but it is literally this specific company and this specific company alone that I dream of working for, and I couldn't possible say no to an interview, and let the chips fall where they may.
The worst-case scenario, of course, is that I get fired for looking for another job and fail to get the new one. On a financial and frankly psychological level I don't know how I'd handle that, and that's the possibility that's going to have me awake all of tonight. I can't lose my job, and I can't simply refuse to interview for a dream job and spend the rest of my life thinking "what if."
An obviously, I would love it if I could take choice #2 with more confidence but I honestly don't know how my boss would react if I told her. If I had been here for a year I'd take #2 no question, but after only a month I'm literally 50/50 on "she'll understand and tell me of course I should try to follow my dream" and "maybe we should just hire someone else who's more committed to this organization."
If anyone has every had an experience remotely like this, I would love to hear how you handled it. My phone interview will be on Tuesday, and if anything progresses beyond that, I'll have to make my decision right afterwards as to what, if anything, i tell my current boss.