Going on a job interview can be nerve-racking enough, but just imagine drawing suspicion from your current company while in the act.
“When I was an in-house HR Manager, I could always tell when someone, especially of a manager level or higher, was interviewing or considering leaving the company,” says Christy Hopkins, human resources consultant and staff writer at Fit Small Business. So reports Glassdoor. “‘Doctors and dentist appointments’ occur more frequently, a long lunch or two takes a few hours, or the need to arrive late or leave early begins to pop up.”
Fret not. First of, stay calm and try to remember it may not be the worst thing, Hopkins said. Saying that, you should fess up and talk with your manager or with HR and explain why you are looking elsewhere. They may find a way to address your concerns.
If you’ve decided to leave no matter what, don’t shy away from talking about an exit plan that works out for you and your company. “Unfortunately, though, you can’t always guarantee that an employer will take the news of your departure with grace — especially if you’ll be working with their direct competitor,” Hopkins said. “If an environment becomes hostile, don’t feel pressured to stay longer than necessary. Your well-being should come first.”