I am interviewing for a well-known company right now, passed the initial phone screening and have been invited to the final round.
My boss is oblivious to this, and since I am effectively second in charge he confides in me. This morning he told me how he has his full trust in me. How I was doing a good job as a project manager etc.
I am now feeling extremely guilty, I feel that I should come clean and tell him what I am getting up to, but at the same time, I know that if he knows the truth, he would look for a replacement immediately and will never trust me the same way again (not good when you are in management!).
I am also worried that if I do get an offer and decide to leave he may feel that I have betrayed him from giving him the impression I am here for the long run. Baring in mind, if I do get an offer, I will take it up.
Do I have reason to be concerned, I am quite anxious about the impact leaving may have on his attitude towards me. Should I tell him? How do I soften the blow if it happens?