Someone has already asked something along these lines here: Is it normal to be asked to sign an NDA before an in person interview?
I’m in a similar situation, except I’m being interviewed by a company that pretty much already is a competitor to my current employer. It is a software engineering role. There are some things that we both do currently, and some things that my prospective employer does that my current employer want to do.
An excerpt of what is covered by the NDA is
…trade secrets, technology, inventions, developments, know-how.
That seems quite vague to me.
I can’t really go into an interview and firstly say to everyone I meet (there are 5 in total) that they’re not allowed tell me anything about their tech, developments or know-how. That’s exactly the sort of thing that gets discussed at an interview.
I am in quite a senior role at my current employer and so I cannot be in a position where I am unable to contribute to any of their future developments because of this NDA.
I am UK based. My current thinking is to decline the interview.
What to do?
Edit: To follow up on this. The morning of the interview I emailed them to tell them I couldn't sign the NDA and so would not be attending the interview (I didn't have anyone's phone number). They took it quite well actually and arranged a phone call where we discussed my issues with the NDA. I now have another call with one of their lawyers to see if my concerns can be addressed.