Post # 1
I am currently working as a receptionist part time while I am searching for jobs that are more related to my career goals in health education. I had to take off work this past Monday to go to an interview and they want me to come in for a second one next week and they only had ONE time available which was smack dab in the middle of my normal shift. Normally I wouldn’t worry and just talk to my manager about switching shifts, but she kind of went off on me yesterday about my erratic schedule because of wedding stuff and such and now I am afraid she won’t approve the shift switch and I will have to do something drastic to do the interview. A part of me just wants to tell her why I need to time change because can she really hold it against me looking for a better job when I am working part time? I know I shouldn’t, but I hate lying about why I need the time off. I emailed her yesterday requesting the shift change and I feel like every minute is an eternity until she replies with an answer. Sometimes she does, other times she takes days or never does.
Do you have to deal with this? What do you do when you need to go to an interview during your work hours?
Post # 3
Obviously working salaried full time it’s a little different, but I still try to schedule interviews and appointments outside of my normal working hours. As an employer also, I’m usually willing to come in early (ugh) or stay late to accomodate interviews for people with jobs. I feel that they would give me the same respect were I to hire them – not take off work for every little thing that they could work around with a little effort.
And on the flip side, I know that my assistant could make better money elsewhere and I wouldn’t begrudge her time off for an interview. She isn’t working in her degree field, so I wouldn’t be upset if she left.
Post # 4
@almostmrsj: I told them I get off earlier on mondays and fridays to see if we could move the interview to then but they wouldn’t work with me.:(
Post # 5
I’ve gone out to the parking lot and sat in my car to take phone interviews in the middle of the work day.
But when I actually had to travel to interviews, I took the day off.
Post # 6
I take days off if I know it’s going to be a long intervieew, otherwise I work from home and just make-up the hours or take a long lunch, come in late, leave early etc when I can.
Post # 7
I would probably take a sick day (or maybe even a week if I was lucky enough to get bombarded with interviews). Or if it was late afternoon, I might just ask to leave early due to an appointment, without saying what my appointment was for. Most people just assume it’s for a doctor or something health related.
My current boss is laid back though. As long as work gets done, he doesn’t really care about days off or early leave. Every work situation is different.
Post # 8
I always took a half day when interviewing.
Post # 9
I usually schedule a doctor’s apt or take a late lunch for interviews. Occasionally I take a half day, or call in sick.
Don’t flame me! 🙂
Post # 10
I usually try to do them during my lunch break (or I did prior to my current job) but if I couldn’t I would take time off.