DISCLAIMER: in order to avoid as much as possible subjective views (I'd like an objective view on the matter), I am on purpose not writing any "question-background".
After having read "How can one resign from a new job gracefully?", I would like to understand if a proper (professional/ethical) approach like the one described in the answers to that question can be applied to the following case:
- People are getting fired, so Mr. A begins to look for a job. He is eventually contacted by a company for an interview
- Mr. B goes to Mr. A and asks if he wants to stay. Mr. A says "yes" out of fear of not having a job anymore and Mr. B says "ok, then you stay"
- Mr. A will not stay if the interview results in a contract, but has no hard-feelings with any colleague (including Mr. B), and doesn't want to disappoint them
Are professional bridges going to burn, or is there a least destructive exit-strategy for Mr. A? Is that even an ehtical thing to do? Will Mr. A's career be affected by this choice?