I work for a really small company- less than 15 employees rn. They hired me on when I was still in school and super green- just to file paperwork. They ended up liking me a lot and trained me in everything that had to do with the field. My sister works in a similar position (she's on the contract side and I'm on the project side) and is at a huge company- more than 10,000 employees. She recently sent my resume to one of the directors on the team she's working on. I thought he might just give me some advice or tell me to talk to him again in a year as I only have 1-2 years of experience. He was so excited about my resume that he has pushed hard for my interviews. He told my sister that he created a job description for me. So now, after three weeks, my final interview is tomorrow (Thursday). It took my sister 3 months to get to this point. I'm very excited because this is my dream job, but I'm also feeling really guilty because my tiny company is sending me to a conference this weekend. I leave on Friday!
We set everything up for it months ago and now this other hiring process is going so much faster than I thought it would. Should I not go to the conference? Should I pay back the airfare and conference fees and whatever? Should I warn my company now that this may happen?
Tiny company plucked me up and trained me. Sending me to conference to learn new cool stuff. But gigantic company is swooping in to grab. Should I still go to conference?