I find myself in a catch-22 type situation. Here is the scenario:
- I am currently employed normally, at company A. Boss at company A does not know that I am looking.
- I had a phone interview with company B, that went really well.
- Company B asks for my references. 'We think you'll be a great match, please send us your references'.
- One of my references obviously my boss at company A.
... so ... I find myself at a quantum quandary here. I can easily confide in a more senior co-worker whom I have worked with at company A to be my references, but then Company B might ask, why didnt you give us your boss's info?
Or, I could simply give them my boss's info, and then be placed in the awkward position at some point of him asking me that he got a call from another company asking about me - am I interviewing around perhaps?
....So - I am not really sure what the proper course of action is here, or frankly, what I can reasonably tell Company B. Is it normal to ask Company B to not contact my current boss unless they give me an offer? Or maybe this is just the way things are?
Would appreciate some insight. Thank you.