(Closed) Calling in Sick for other Job Interview – YAY or NAY?

posted 7 years ago in Career
  • poll: On Thursday, I should....
    Take a sick day : (41 votes)
    51 %
    Tell my boss I have personal things to take care of and I will be in 3-4 hours late : (27 votes)
    34 %
    Use a vacation day (don't want to, but I can) : (12 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    46329 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    If I had the option to let my boss know I would be late, I would do that. It’s always better to take the high road.

    Post # 4
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    570 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @gocubbies: I am suprised that your employer if you leave does not pay out your unused sick days along with your vacation.

    Anywho, take a sick day off, ensure that you don’t mention the interview or that it slips up.

    Post # 6
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    3222 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I would take the sick day. Even if you quit your job and your boss puts two and two together – who cares, you already have another job! πŸ™‚

    Post # 7
    Member
    5668 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I’ve always just said “I have an appointment on X day in the afternoon/morning so I’ll need to take a few hours.” I don’t specify further than that and they don’t ask. I wouldn’t take a full day unless you know the interview will last a long time.

    Post # 8
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    83 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I agree with Aure, I think the safest option is to say that you have an appointment and will be in late.  I would just be vague about the kind of appointment, your employer really shouldn’t ask anyway πŸ™‚

    Post # 9
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    9056 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’d go the “I have an appointment” route as well if you just need a few hours off.  But, I have unlimited sick time so I never really think about “days going to waste” if they’re not used.

    Post # 10
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    6893 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Got to admit, I’d take the sick day. Since you don’t get compensated for “keeping” them…..why keep them? Just how I would approach that type of situation. Like a PP said, it’s okay if they figure it out. You’re moving on to bigger and better things. (Btw – Good Luck! Go you!)

    Post # 11
    Member
    5668 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @AmeliaBedelia: She still has to worry about potentially needing a reference in the future. If they feel decieved she may not get the one she’d hoped for. On the flip side, if she doesn’t land the job and they find out she wasn’t actually sick it could be bad. I’d err on the side of caution in this situation.

    Post # 14
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    3871 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    For me, I would personally use a vacation day.  I know I wouldn’t want to but to make myself feel better that I’m not lying to my boss about it.  I do however take ‘mental health days’ as sick days because I’m never sick and sometimes I really do need to mentally have a day off from work.

    Also, for me, if I was interviewing for another job and leaving my company soon, I would need to use up my vacation days anyway, since my company doesn’t pay me cash for vacation days I don’t use. Also, maybe if it’s a nice day and my interview goes well, I’ll celebrate by doing something fun afterwards.

    Post # 15
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    1361 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I don’t think you should take a sick day if you think he will find out, because chances are you will need them as a reference.

    And if you really do want to use up those sick days (who doesn’t), take an extra day off after the interview just so it looks more legit.

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