I have been contacted by a potential employer with a role that looks very suited to my background.
I am the CTO at my current role. The CEO is a good friend of many years standing, and we have been involved with this business for almost 20 years.
However,for various reasons, I am receptive to this possibility. I have been through several rounds of technical and other interviews via Skype, and now will be required to take a couple of days to go for a series of interviews in person. As the role is in another country, there is some travel involved.
So at this stage, I will either need to be vague (i.e. lie) about what this leave is for, or discuss this with the CEO.
I live in a country where it is reasonably difficult to be dismissed without fairly extensive workplace process, so I am not overly concerned about the security of my role.
I am somewhat concerned about how this will affect my relationship with the CEO generally, and the most professional way to handle this.
What is the best course of action?