3 Secrets For Taking Time Off For Job Interviews

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You have therefore been punching a clock for a few years. During your career, you have had several promotions that have made you feel financially independent.

But — now you have decided to seek greener pastures and improve your career.

The only problem is—How do you go through a job interview with complete discretion, so that your job search efforts are not exposed?

Do not stress. Today you will learn how to sneak in for a job interview without sounding the slightest alarm bell.

Put your best foot forward to avoid it altogether

Here is the trick:

Most recruiters understand the busy schedules of most working professionals very well and you may not always be able to get time off.

So-when you arrange a face-to-face interview, it’s a good idea to ask if you can schedule a meeting outside of working hours. Otherwise, you’ll have to take a day off or find an excuse for your boss.

This should be pretty easy to organize if you meet a flexible hiring manager or are an amazing candidate, companies go out of their way to hire.

If the hiring manager can’t respond to your request, you can still be smart with your interview time.

Just ask for a slightly interview earlier in the morning or a slightly-late night interview and see where it takes you.

Once you agree on the time, ask the hiring manager to keep things low. You wouldn’t want the company to call for a referral as this could put your current job at risk.

Take a day or half a day off for a job interview

Now, if you can’t meet the hiring manager outside of working hours, the best thing to do is take a day or a half day off.

As Maciej Duszynski, CV expert and career advice writer at ResumeLab, explains,

“The advantage of this tactic is that you won’t have to worry about stepping away from the office and being stressed out, you won’t be back on time.”

You will also have plenty of time to prepare for the interview and, for example, research the corporate culture. Plus, if you wear a casual outfit to work, you won’t have to put on a suit and take it off for maintenance.

So let your boss know that you want to take a day off or at least a half day off as soon as possible. This will increase your chances of success as they will have enough time to cover the shifts.

The best way to break the news? Just tell your boss that you need a day or half a day off. If you have a good boss, he won’t ask you any questions.

Then again, if you had a good boss, you would not be looking for a new job

and googling how to write a resume summary to make your application stand out.

If you are asked to expand, just say that you want to take care of a personal matter. If you think that won’t be enough, read on to see more sure-fire excuses.

Work it around your schedule

Now– let’s say it’s not an option for you to take a day or a half day off. Maybe you’ve run out of vacation days, or your boss won’t let you go.

The good news is, you can still interview a new employer without raising the red flag. All it takes is to build the upcoming interview into your work schedule.

First of all, choose the day when you are not overwhelmed with work. In other words, go for a day with slow times (e.g., fewer meetings) vs a day with busy hours.

After that, you will have to decide when you will have the interview. There are several options:


Early in the morning. If you have a flexible schedule and don’t have to show up for work at a set time (e.g. 8 a.m.), this is a great option. You could do maintenance in the morning and then stay late to finish the job in the evening while flying under the radar.


During lunch time. If it’s common in your business to have extended breakfasts, this could also be a good option.


At the end of the working day. If you have the option of arriving earlier and leaving earlier as well, this could be ideal. You will have done all the work and you won’t have to worry about the length of the interview.


Best excuses to take time off for an interview

So, you need a solid excuse to take time out for a job interview.

Here’s an important thing to keep in mind: Always use a plausible reason that will make sense to your boss.

If your boss starts to think you’re making things up, you might find yourself in hot water.

Also, don’t make up stories about a sick grandfather, a death in the family, let alone a serious illness. This could cause undue concern and lead to follow-up questions.

Here are some strong excuses for taking time off for job interviews:


I need some free time for a personal matter.


I have to pick up a friend from the airport.


I need an emergency car / home / appliance repair.


I am waiting for an IKEA delivery.


I have an appointment with the vet.


I have an appointment at the dentist.


I have to go to the bank to take care of some financial matters.

So what do you think?

Here is.

A huge three secrets to taking time for job interviews with solid excuses. Use them to get away from your job without batting an eyelid.

Now, have you ever interviewed companies while having a full time job? Did anyone find out that you were on a top secret mission?

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