How would I go about trying something different (for example, a full time job at Organization B) while working full time at a job with Company A? This question addresses the interview part, and I have no problem taking the time off from Company A to do that.
The uncertainty comes in whether I like the job at Organization B enough to quit Company A. I don't think I would be able to determine this based on only the interview, or anything less than 4 weeks of working there. The job sounds interesting on paper, but there are many factors to be taken into account to evaluate that.
I have just been told at Company A that the CIO and HR/Finance has approved my second-level supervisor's request to regularize my position here starting mid-March, so my job will be more stable soon. Of course this has somewhat influenced me to stay with them.
Organization B is looking for someone to start around April 1. I see a few options here if I get to the point where they offer me a job:
- Option 1: Quit Company A. Risk is not being able to come back if I do not like the job at B. There are a few interns at Company A that will be graduating in April, and I know some of them are interested in what I do, so I'm almost certain that my newly-regularized position will be filled promptly if I leave.
- Option 2: Take vacation at Company A when I start at Organization B. Which would only give me 4-5 working days considering the job starts April. I don't think this is enough time to "test drive" (unless I really hated the new job)
- Option 3: Negotiate flexible hours at Company A. Risk is not being flexible enough to fit both schedules. Another risk is burnout, since I'd be working a total of 71.5 hours per week (6 days x 12 hours, which might be OK for the same job, but is likely difficult for two different ones)
There is no conflict of interest between the two jobs as they are completely different industries, and nothing in my contract with Company A prohibits me from seeking employment unless there are conflicts of interest.
I should also note that things have been improving for my team at Company A, and I am not unhappy about working there.
My goal is to test out a job at Organization B with minimal risk. What steps can I take to achieve this goal?