An update: After passing the initial phone interview, a dinner interview with a local sales manager here, I was invited to the home office in Rochester, NY. Basically a two day interview, late afternoon tour and meet & greet & dinner the arriving day and a sit down with the the top management the following morning. I was impressed with everyone I met. I received a consistent message from all I encountered, one of job satisfaction, good management, and a decent employer. I was given the opportunity to speak directly with technicians in regards to their experiences. It was all good. This was back on 2/3 & 2/4.
Late last week they made me an offer. I countered with a additional requested vacation week and some more $$$. They agreed and I signed on. I'm still nervous about this whole job change. Heck, I am nervous about the entire economic outlook we all face.
Tomorrow I meet with my current manager and hand in my resignation. I don't trust this guy so I called ahead on Friday and spoke with HR to discuss my resignation & departure in two weeks. Knowing him, he'll attempt to escort me out the door but I wanted to be sure I get paid for two weeks, (HR says YES) and if he remains professional, I do the right thing and work out my last two weeks.