How to leave work for job interviews?
July 19, 2014 10:52 AM Subscribe
I was just placed on a civil service test list, and canvassing letters and interview offers are coming in - which is good. Not so good is that I'm working full time and I'm having trouble figuring out how to get out of work for an hour here and an hour there to go on these interviews without raising any of my bosses' suspicions. Any tried and true ways to be out of work for an hour or so, more than once a week?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (35 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I work in a small law office - there's two lawyers (husband and wife) and two admins (I'm one of the admins).
Whenever one of the admins want to take time off, whether an hour for a doctor or a whole day, it is heavily questioned by the attorneys. It's not enough to say I'm going to the doctor, they want to know why.
I have been there for 11 months. In that time, I've had a few legitimate doctors appointments and then was out sick for a few days. I had to take half a day a few months ago to take part of the civil service test and that time I was "going to the eye doctor for a special test" and last months I was out for 2 hours in the morning "getting a cavity filled." Because the fake ones were spread out, it didn't feel particularly like my bosses might get suspicious.
However: I had an interview last week that had me in an hour late, and I have two interview scheduled for this coming week on different days, one which will likely bring me in an hour late and the other likely two hours late.
I've tried to schedule outside of work hours, or tried to schedule all on the same day, but no dice. I don't feel like I can keep having doctor's appointments, or start having car trouble, or suddenly have to take family to the airport.
I'm thinking I might cancel one of the interviews next week so that it's only one, but if the interview requests keep coming in, I don't want to have to turn them down, but I also can't afford for my bosses to fire me because they suspect I'm looking for other work.
If anyone has ideas or advice, I'd appreciate it! Thanks, gang.