I may have something coming through in a different town, but they seem to be insistant on contacting my current employer. Throughout the application and interview process, I stated that they should not contact my current employer, which I have done throughout my career.
Mind you, there is nothing I am hiding by this. However, my current boss has a tendency to let people go right as they put their notice of resignation in and I am unsure how I will be treated (if I am still employed) if word got out that I was looking elsewhere.
Today, I got a soft offer from this organization, pending background, drug and reference checks. However, they were fairly insistant upon contacting my current employer. So I am in a bind. In the meantime, I was told to forward on my performance reviews and we would go from there.
So has this been common? I have had other employers understand not contacting someone current. Could I ask for a concrete and official offer to come through before I grant them permission to contact my boss?
I did a search and saw many examples from the private sector. I wonder how common this is in the public sector though.