How to Interview if They Offer You a Job & You Already Have One

Write your job-related emails on your own time.

Write your job-related emails on your own time.

It's nice to be wanted, isn't it? Getting a job offer or job interview while you're still employed elsewhere is certainly a good position to be in, but that doesn't exempt you from putting your best foot forward during the interview process. Take the job interview as seriously as you would if you didn't already have a job, while at the same time showing some respect for your current employer.

Inform the prospective employer that you already have a job, and ask for her confidentiality as you go through the interview process. If your current employer finds out about your exploits he might let you go right away, whether you get the new job or not.

Schedule your interview during your time off from work, if at all possible. Since you've informed the prospective employer of your dilemma she might be willing to work with you and schedule the interview before or after your regular work day. If not, ask to take some personal time or a vacation day to attend the interview.

Avoid talking about your interview with co-workers. Even a trusted friend might let something slip, so don't leave anything to chance. Also, do not use company resources to send interview-related emails or do research related to your job interview. That's just bad form and it also puts you at risk of the employer finding out. Do your research on the company and the job on your own time.

Arrive at the interview well-dressed, on time and ready to speak intelligently about why you want the new job and the skills you have that make you a good candidate. Although you are already employed and don't feel the sense of urgency about getting a new job, you should still present yourself as professionally as possible.

Stay positive about your current employer during the job interview. Even if you hate the job and can't wait to get out of there, speaking ill of your employer is never good form.

Set a date to start your new job, keeping your old employer in mind. If the new employer offers you the job during the interview it's certainly time to celebrate. Just remember that your old employer needs to replace you and might need help training the new person. In other words, he deserves a full two weeks' notice. The new employer will probably appreciate your concern with leaving things in good order before you start your new job.

Tip

  • Send a thank you note to the new employer following your interview. Even if you get a job offer during the interview and have your future secured, it's still a good practice that can start your new job out on the right foot.
 

About the Author

Nicole Vulcan has been a journalist since 1997, covering parenting and fitness for The Oregonian, careers for CareerAddict, and travel, gardening and fitness for Black Hills Woman and other publications. Vulcan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism from the University of Minnesota. She's also a lifelong athlete and is pursuing certification as a personal trainer.

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