I work in company A, and I was interviewing for company B. Company A and B have no ties whatsoever.
After an initial interview with the HR, she informed me that the department manager (company B) would contact me about a technical interview.
With the name of the manager, I found out that he worked a long time for a company my current CEO owned. I thought he would not disclose my application to my current company. However, I did not directly demand for it to be kept secret.
So one week after the interview, my manager and the VP (company A) told me they received information I was interviewing for other companies, and they would like to offer me a raise should I stay with them. I accepted it.
Fast forward one week, company B sent me an e-mail to discuss an offer by phone. I told them I had reached an agreement with my current employer (company A) to stay.
I felt that it would be better to disclose my refusal of the offer first hand to the VP and the manager, so I told them. They received it well. The VP said the information was only disclosed, because the CEO and him are personal friends of manager of company B.
I have read some articles, but they rarely talk about an insider of the other company leaking the information. So, I have some questions:
- Is it a common occurrence to disclose the candidate's application to his current employer in France?
- Are there some known precautions to reduce the risk of having your application disclosed? Maybe it is a good idea to ask for it to be kept secret?
- Is this a situation that could be reported to HR (company B) due to some legal or ethical violation?