/ Asked by Tanya
I am interviewing at another employer for a position there. Do I have to tell my current employer?
Answered by Marisella, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Hello,

If you are interviewing for an internal position, it's always good to sit down with your current leader and discuss your interest for a new role. Having these discussions are typically standard if you're applying for an internal role. However, if you're interviewing at completly different company, I would advise for you to make that call depending on the situation. If you're interviewing at different places because you're not sure about your career path or lacking certain learning opportunities, it may be wise to sit down with your leader and have an open discussion around this. If you're interviewing at different organizations for reasons that are out of your control and wont change, then I would keep it confidential. You're not obligated to tell your current employer you're interviewing, but you should discuss it with them once you recieve a formal offer letter and have decided to proceed with the necessary onboarding processes.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, September 2, 2015
You are not obligated to tell your current employer if you are exploring other job opportunities. This is up to your discretion depending on the situation you’re in. If you are looking for advancement opportunities, I would encourage you to have that conversation with your current employer. If there are opportunities within your current organization, your manager should be supportive of helping you navigate your career path. If you do choose to accept an offer with a different employer, you should sit down with your current manager to have that conversation after the offer is received. If you chose to leave your current employer for reasons that are out of your control, this would be a good time to communicate that to your manager as well.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, September 4, 2015
You are not obligated to advise your current employer that you are interviewing outside of your company.  Especially if you feel that it could cause awkwardness if you do not end up getting hired at that other employer.  You would hope that your leaders would be professional and not allow this to happen, but you will have to gauge that.  I would recommend that, if your interviewing process with that other company progresses well and it becomes clear that you will be receiving an offer, to then give your employer a 'heads-up'.  This will show that you appreciate their situation and want to give them as much time as possible to prepare accordingly. 
Answered by Kim, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Good question! You are not required to tell your current company you are seeing employment elsewhere, until a formal offer has been made and accepted by you from said company.  If you interview and are not offered a position, but opted to tell your current employer, it could cause an uncomfortable situation for you both.  I would recommend keeping it to yourself until you have something concrete to tell. Also, please make sure to use personal and not work time for any interviews outside of your current company. 
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