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At what point in the interview process should you tell your current employer that you are interviewing with another company?

Hey All,


I hope this email finds you saf... shit, force of habit.


Anyways, I am always on the lookout for a new role. Partly, because it's kinda of fun to see what's out there and partly because hustlers can never settle, you know exactly what I'm talking about.


Recently, my dream job became reality at a company I really want to work for. I'm currently working for a start-up so I'm 50% of the sales team. I plan on applying for this new role but have anxiety about when or if I should tell my current employer that I plan to apply.


Any advice would be very helpful!


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specktyr
Praised Answer
+1
Account Manager
Personally, I don't say anything until I have an offer.ย  If you get through the process, and they don't offer you anything - and now your employer knows you're looking; what's their incentive to keep you?

You have to look out for you at the end of the day, not your current/future company.

Get your offer letter, THEN tell your employer.

Just my .02.
exec
Catalyst
+5
Account Executive
+1 on this - it's easy to drink the startup kool-aid with lots of these cultures... but believe me, there's no loyalty. take layoffs as an example... no chance your company gives you a heads up if there are layoffs on the horizon and sadly the longer-tenured employees are the ones who are targeted because they're the most expensive. until you have an offer letter in hand, keep it to yourself. plus, don't wanna jinx it ๐Ÿ˜‰
Savagedoge
Politicker
+7
Account Executive
THIS.ย 
MaoMao
Fire Starter
+2
SDR
.02 sense, more like 200 sense of making the right moves, thanks for the insight
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Needer of Life Alert
Don't say a damn word until you've passed drug tests and have an offer in writing.
MaoMao
Fire Starter
+2
SDR
I'll keep my mouth zipped lol, Thanks!
ARRisLife
Politicker
+3
Account Executive
Yeah- not even sure this is remotely up for debate. You don't say a WORD, I repeat a WORD until you have your offer. You don't owe them anything. Well let me restate, you owe them the proper and respectable amount of time to back fill you. Minimum of two weeks but if you're more senior maybe more time.
MaoMao
Fire Starter
+2
SDR
This gives me confidence! Thanks
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
Kahluapons
When the offer has been provided in writing and your signature's ink is dry. Never before.

The only exception would be is if you're quitting because you're moving or leaving the workforce entirely, in that case I think it's a decent move to give more notice beyond the two weeks.ย 

Bonus tip: Never discuss your intention to leave/other interviews with your co workers, either. Even if you think you can trust them - people often can't keep their mouths shut and it ends up getting back to the wrong person.
MaoMao
Fire Starter
+2
SDR
Thanks for the insight!
Kanyebut4sales
WR Lieutenant
+6
Account Executive
When you have an offer and start date established :)
Wolf
Opinionated
+2
Account Development Executive
I would never tell my current employer that I am even looking until I get the offer. Even then, I would not say anything until I signed the offer.

You do not owe your employer anything. You can easily be replaced in a moments notice so do not rock the boat till something is signed.
CaneWolf
Politicker
+12
Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
When you've accepted the other offer and it's signed.
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