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Old 02-07-2014, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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I would not tell your employer you are interviewing. I had a similar situation and called in sick from the stomach flu. I was only gone two days, so it was easy. Good luck with your interview!
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:43 PM
 
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Option1: Sick Day:

I agree with the post directly above this one. Just call in sick. Just take a sick day (or two if needed). Don't offer to work from home. Just tell them you're taking a sick day . Normally that means you have the day off.

I swear, work is overtaking our lives, isn't it, if you commonly work from home when you are sick.

Heck, sometimes you're just sick. (just remember, you ARE sick....sick of that job LOL!)

Option 2: Personal Day

If it bothers you to say you are sick, then just call in or leave VM that you need to take the day off and are taking a personal day. Don't offer any more info. Just leave it at that. They don't know if your hot water heater broke or if your entire house is flooded with sewer water or if your dog ran away or if your car has a flat tire. Or if you had to go out of town last minute or if a close friend needed you to help out in an urgent situation.
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Old 02-08-2014, 05:18 AM
 
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No, sorry, but honesty is not always the best policy. In fact there was a thread here about a month or so ago about this very same situation, and the guy found this out the hard way. Lie and hope you don't get caught. Make it a good lie, and don't answer any of their phone calls while you're away either.

This.

If you're in a bad situation, you don't want to put more of a target on your back than there already is.

Tell your current employer that you are having a personal/family issue, and that you need some time off.
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Old 02-08-2014, 05:20 AM
 
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Depends on the boss. Some may insist on the details of the reason and force you to lie. When someone asks me for a day off on short notice I am happy to let them off with something like "taking care of some personal business" and do not question it further as long as they are using PTO and I have no urgent deadline to be met.

And I would follow company procedure on giving enough notice, finding someone to take care of work, etc.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:36 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Never tell your manager or anyone at work that you are interviewing. That is the "kiss of death". Lie, or call in sick.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:54 AM
 
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I am in a bad work situation and looking to leave my current employer. I followed-up with a recruiter after passing a phone screen and phone interview with the hiring manager for a company in a city I want to move to.

Back in december I wrote a post about whether I should quit without another job lined up. Well, this opportunity looks promising, and I feel that all I need to do is make it to this interview, and (fingers-crossed) I will hopefully have an offer by the end of the month. I think my interviewing skills are decent, as I've had many in the early stages of my career.

My question is, should I be honest with my manager that I need to travel out of town to attend this interview? It's too late to request a random vacation day. I guess I could call out sick, but usually the expectation is that I will be working from home or something. Also, I am coming off a couple of days out of the office that were planned in advance.

My manager has asked me about whether I want to stay on the team, and it is a good fit, but of course I said YES-- I need to stay employed! But now that a new opportunity might be on the horizon, I want to ensure that I make myself available b/c I want that job more than this one.

Should I just call out sick, or make up another excuse?
Hell no don't be honest with your current employer. They will fire you on the spot if they know you are looking. The only time to talk to them is to give them the proper notice once you've accepted the new position. At that point, they might fire you anyway. Employers are REALLY weird these days.

Take a vacation or personal day if available, otherwise, go with sick time.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:56 AM
 
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just call in sick or if you want to be creative:

- I have a court date for something I'm not allow to tell anyone during the court proceedings
- Wife is having a baby
- Mistress is having a baby

LOL. Don't use that one. Really. Don't.
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:00 AM
 
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I would just say you need to attend to personal business. Decline to elaborate if pressed. Don't take more than the one day--arrange to fly out after work the night before and that same night coming back. I would avoid telling anything that is a lie like that you're sick or have a funeral because what if the new job then calls your old job to check references? You want to avoid a scenario where they (either the old job or the new job) gets wind you were lying to come out for the interview. You may get this job, or you may not. You want to avoid burning bridges either way.

Moving forward, if you know you are going to be interviewing and looking for a new gig, I would save personal days for that purpose and avoid taking them for other reasons to avoid having taken 3 days to go skiing, then get back to discover you need to take off again not a week later for an interview. If your ultimate goal is to get a new position, make that the priority even if it means temporary inconvenience in the meantime.
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Old 03-03-2014, 05:35 PM
 
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I went. Unfortunately, they are still in the process of interviewing candidates for the role, AND there's a 3rd round. So I will need to take additional leave if I am asked to attend another in -person.

This is frustrating. At least I didn't use sickness as my excuse. I stated I had to leave town for family matters, and was able to work remotely. I guess next time (crossing fingers there is a next time) I will call in sick.
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