I applied for a position in a competitor company. They are now interested in me and wish to conduct an interview. As part of the "standard" process, I'm asked to provide reference letters and an authorization for the hiring company to check my employment history.
My question is how to handle this nicely so I maintain good relationship with both companies.
- I have good relationships with my current manager; they like my work. Resigning would probably be a surprise.
- Moving to a competitor is an option, not a necessity.
- I intend to announce me resigning only after I have secured a better offer. If the interviews go badly (or I don't like the new offer for whatever reason), things should turn out like nothing has happened.
Do people usually ask for reference letters from their managers at the beginning of a job search? Or only after they have received a (maybe "conditional") offer?