(By Dan Simmons)
There are special situations that arise during the interviewing and hiring process, and one of those situations involves non-compete agreements.
As you probably know, a non-compete agreement is a contract between an employee and an employer, where the employee agrees not to enter into competition with the employer after their employment ends. This agreement is typically in effect for a certain period of time following the end of their employment (i.e., one year).
If you signed a non-compete agreement with your current or previous employer, the recruiter who has arranged your interview needs to know about it as soon as possible. While this is most common among sales professionals, it does extend to other positions, as well.
Many times, non-compete agreements are not even enforceable, depending upon the state in which they were drafted. Seek the advice of a qualified attorney if you’re currently under a restrictive non-compete.
Often, the company that is interviewing you will want you to sign a non-compete should you join them. It’s important to review this document carefully, discuss it with the recruiter, and if needed, an attorney. Non-compete agreements are common and can be equitable.