Just caught up with a friend and wanted to get more takes on this.
Friend (Bob) - high level position at his company (director level more or less). Was hired into current group with the promise of taking over. The VP over his group was set to retire. She told him she would start going over the VP role and hand over things to him...
Well 1 year later he has been doing 2-3 jobs at once, the VP has delayed retirement, hasn't hired anyone to help out in other areas (down 3-4 staff), and the VP is considered blatantly rude/not-a-people-person to almost all staff.
To make matters worse there is a new executive VP over the whole division. This person already recognizes Bob is a key person but Bob is not their person and they want to make a big splash. They have already announced a "global recruitment" for the position and yea Bob will get his obligatory interview but no way is he getting the job.
So Bob applies for a higher level director job in another group in company. More than qualified and group sent him through interviews and called him back yesterday...
But says hey we need to reach out to your boss before we go forward with hiring you.
What? Yes I have seen almost everything but a position that high and Bob doesn't even get a $$ amount or really anything other than Bob knows that the group wants them working for them.
Bob has been tasked with reaching out to his boss before they call her. The boss will flip her lid as she probably doesn't care about Bob or his long-term position with the group but like I said Bob has been doing 2-3 other roles they haven't hired for - and Bob is so good they really will have to hire 2 more people on top of replacing him. She's going to look bad and she's got a TON more work on her schedule if he leaves.
That being said... Should Bob reach out to current boss before getting a formal offer? Is it normal at a company that this would happen?