If a company is threatening layoffs less than six months after you were hired, it could be one of three things:
- The company is in a highly volatile sector, where cash flows experience extreme fluctuations. If this is the case, should you manage to keep your position, you can expect similar cycles of personnel changes. Expect to spend a lot time mentoring and dealing with extra workload as new employees come up to speed.
- The management of this company may be challenged when it comes to forecasting and strategic planning. They may tend to be more reactive than proactive, which could explain the need to layoff employees so close to bringing recent hires onboard.
- They could just be experiencing a temporary downturn of business or cash flow. In either case, the operating budget may need to be adjusted in order to compensate. This may result in fewer perks, less money available for supplies and business-related expenses, and a decrease in employee morale, as people hear the word "No" more often than they used to.
You never know what the new company has to offer you, unless you hear them out. It costs you absolutely nothing, except the time you spend with them on the phone or in person. At the very worst, you get to practice your interview skills. You get to ask whatever questions you want, because, as far as you're concerned, you have a job to go back to if you don't like what you hear. I would keep the interview, but, with as much professionalism as you can muster, make them sell you on why you should leave a seemingly sure thing for an unknown. As an employee, this is one of the few times you actually get to be in the driver's seat, so enjoy the ride...