I am employed in a technical capacity for a big company. I am displeased about certain aspects of my work so I decided to try and find a new job. While Job hunting I was interviewed for a huge corporation. I made it to the last step of the interview process but at the end did not get an offer. No interview feedback was given by the company.
A few days ago my manager called me into a room, looked me straight in the eye and said "don't worry about it but I know you are interviewing". He was actually very cool about it and wasn't angry. He named another manager in our company which got a phone call from an acquaintance who is working for the corporation I was interviewing with and that acquaintance asked questions about me. I cannot be sure but it sounded like it was an "unofficial" call between them (i.e. not a company officially contacting another company) ,however, as my manager said to me, "your cover is blown".
I was shocked and embarrassed but mostly just very angry. My manager was also shocked at this breach of trust and unprofessional behavior. It should be noted I never gave anyone permission to talk to my current employer.
My reputation at my current employer is now tarnished, I have no idea who else in the company knows about this.
More than anything I want to find out who did such a thing and tell his employer that this person acts this way (because, as I wrote, it might be just 2 buddies talking) and if there is anything legal that can be done about it.
I have the email address of the HR person who I was in touch with throughout my interviews. Should I contact him and demand an explanation? Contact someone else?
I have a feeling, since the company I interviewed with is a famous one, that this could make some waves however I don't want my name published because of this. That would be the worst outcome of this.
What to do?