Boss asks if you're interviewing

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May 11, 2018 38 Comments

How would you respond if your boss asked you if you're interviewing?
Imagine you're interviewing, are anticipating offers in the next few days, and are planning to quit immediately after receiving said offers.

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TOP 38 Comments
  • “Why do you ask?”
    May 11, 2018 8
    • “Is there anything I should know“
      May 11, 2018
    • ”Are you?”
      May 11, 2018
    • Salesforce Skies&sht
      I would say “I’m always having conversations with people to understand my value in the market and exploring what’s out there.”

      That way when you quit in the next week he/she won’t feel lied to.
      May 11, 2018
    • Oscar / Eng
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      Fuck you, but wats up bro.
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      “I heard Bob was interviewing.”
      May 11, 2018
    • Expedia group-e
      “I wasn’t till you asked”
      May 11, 2018
  • Snapchat QAAL16
    OP
    Thoughts on maintaining a positive relationship with this boss in the the event that I say "no I'm not", then quit a week later?
    May 11, 2018 6
    • Intel rnEn17
      Burning the bridge is putting career ahead?
      May 11, 2018
    • Microsoft / Design 206wrkr
      Don’t worry about that. Until you have a locked-up offer, you are not interviewing.
      May 11, 2018
    • Tableau NpAr35
      If this is someone who is not mature enough to handle an employee leaving, who gives a shit.

      Saying you are interviewing would burn a bridge with that personality type anyway.

      Be polite if you decide to leave “sorry I wasn’t more open about it, I wasn’t totally sure what direction I wanted to go in, and didn’t feel comfortable discussing interviewing”. People are adults, they will understand.
      May 11, 2018
    • Intel rnEn17
      True a reasonable manager should not ask this kind of stupid question to begin with.
      May 11, 2018
    • New baQn60
      The q managers should ask is “are you unhappy working here? Is there something i can do to make it better?”
      May 12, 2018
  • Jet Uooo55
    The answer is yes. I’m always interviewing. Everyday I show up is an interview for my next promotion. Internally. It’s a trick question.
    May 11, 2018 0
  • TrueCar Sb667
    “No. Why do you ask?”
    May 11, 2018 0
  • Goldman Sachs / Eng Truth()
    Ask your boss "Are you interviewing too ? I can help you with Leetcode"
    May 11, 2018 0
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    • Snapchat QAAL16
      OP
      Accurate, but what kind of response could I derive from that belief?
      May 11, 2018
    • Salesforce Hookem
      That was the response
      May 11, 2018
  • CIT bkuG11
    “Aren’t you?”
    May 11, 2018 0
  • Qualcomm cppgeek
    Just say you went to a couple of networking events
    May 11, 2018 0
  • New baQn60
    “Yes. I am interviewing managers to study management behavior. Would you like to participate?”
    May 12, 2018 1
    • Oscar / Eng
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      Fuck you, but wats up bro.
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      😂
      May 12, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng Cleaner
    “Of course I am. Tech workers need to measure their value. You should do it too.”
    May 12, 2018 0
  • Pinterest LuMg00
    tell them tc or gtfo
    May 12, 2018 0
  • SK hynix / Eng Memory Sol
    "Uh oh, should I?"
    May 11, 2018 0
  • Facebook public
    Yes always or arent you
    May 11, 2018 0
  • Lyft ki92juo
    If asked in such a direct fashion, contrary to sv norms, I would assume the boss knows for a fact that you're interviewing. maybe he has connections where you interviewed.
    In which case I would not answer.
    You can either work on a delicate evasive answer, or decline explicitly.
    May 11, 2018 0
  • Amazon -anon-
    "Yes, I'm interviewing to see where the market is at now". I would say that even if I'm not interviewing if I was asked that.
    May 20, 2018 0
  • Oscar / Eng
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    Oscar Eng

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    Depends on how much you want to retain that relationship after departure. Also, I heard a Blind member who went back to Google from Facebook like 6 months later and his/her boss just took he/her in again because facebook just wasn’t for this member.

    Don’t burn bridges too soon. You should just tell your manager that you are considering a move. If he/she cares enough or just generally value your skills, he/she will want to know why. You can give your manager some short and nice reasons without going too deep like work relationship and what not.

    Also, what makes you think you will get the offer. Until paper is signed, save bridge.
    May 11, 2018 0
  • Apple John!
    Did your boss actually ask you or are you just asking?
    May 11, 2018 2
    • Snapchat QAAL16
      OP
      Asking to prepare a responses
      May 11, 2018
    • Apple John!
      Boss never ask such questions unless they are insecure.
      May 11, 2018
  • Daimler Okays
    “Idk, am I?”
    May 12, 2018 0
  • Ampersand / Eng
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    Unless you have a strong relationship with your boss (in which case you probably already told them), say “no”. Equivocation means “yes”
    May 11, 2018 0
  • Netflix FUnderwood
    “I never say no, but rarely say yes.” 😶
    May 11, 2018 0