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How to leave work for job interviews?

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? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2014 - 35 answers

Accomodations for heavy lifting -- interview question

I have an interview next week. One requirement is to be able to life 40 pound files, but I have a lifting restriction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2014 - 12 answers

What questions should I ask an insider?

I am beginning the application process for a much-desired position. One of my good friends works in a similar position for the same company on the other coast. I will definitely have her ear during the application and interview process, and I want to make the most of being able to pump her for information. However, I don't even know where to begin. What questions should I ask her that will give me usable insight into the company, that I can turn around and use to strengthen my resume (and hopefully land and ace an interview)?
posted by tippy on Mar 20, 2014 - 8 answers

Should I mention sexual harassment in a job interview?

The primary reason I'm interviewing for another job two months into a new position is because this potential job is a better fit with my interests and will better prepare me to move forward in the field. The secondary reason is because I want to escape the subtle but frequent and unwelcome sexual harassment going on at my current job and the office culture that is aware of this one man's behavior but doesn't see it as a problem. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2013 - 22 answers

Did I box myself in with a low salary?

I just had my first phone interview for a prospective software engineering job, which was a ten minute phone call with an in-house recruiter. I wasn't expecting the topic of salary to come up this early in the process, which I grant was maybe naïve, but they asked me and I gave a lowball offer. Now I'm wondering whether I've screwed myself here. [more inside]
posted by Two Stranger on Apr 30, 2013 - 14 answers

I can do the job, mostly, really

I have a tricky job-application scenario: basically, I can do all the requirements that were advertised, but I have excellent reason to believe they expect the person in the position to semi-regularly do something my health prevents me from doing at all. How do I handle this in the application/resume process? [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Apr 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Subject matter for a job interview micro training session

What are some ideas on subject matter for a 15 minute training session, for a second round job interview. [more inside]
posted by Under the Sea on Mar 4, 2013 - 2 answers

Survey/Interview Data Collection Tool Needed

I will be traveling to a remote location to interview key informants for a research project. I am looking for a convenient interface which to enter the data. [more inside]
posted by powerbumpkin on Jan 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Don't send me passive aggressive emails during a hurricane please. It is the last straw.

Requesting assistance with how to explain in interviews why I am leaving, how/who to ask for references, and maybe just a gauge on whether it really is toxic or not. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Should I disclose my mental health issues to a prospective (and former) employer?

Last year I quit my job due to depression and anxiety. I now have an interview with my former employer for the same job. Should I disclose my mental health issues during the interview as an explanation for my progressively lazy work attitude and subsequent quitting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2012 - 15 answers

Asking Questions about Money and Working Hours During A Job Interview

I have a job interview coming up on Wednesday next week. I want to ask some questions regarding working hours and money. Should I, and if so, how should I frame the questions? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Sep 5, 2012 - 16 answers

The path to programming rockstardom

What distinguishes the ninja/rockstar (Ruby) programmer from the understated kind? [more inside]
posted by vega on Aug 13, 2012 - 17 answers

intervew + funeral

How to handle interview + time off for funeral? [more inside]
posted by House of Leaves of Grass on Aug 6, 2012 - 8 answers

I accidentally re-sent my follow up letter to a job I applied for

I have applied for a job at a small nonprofit. Last night I accidentally re-sent them my follow up letter instead of forwarding it to a relative to read. [more inside]
posted by KoiPond on Jul 25, 2012 - 15 answers

A day late and a note short?

Please help me with post-interview thank-you note timing. [more inside]
posted by thisjax on May 10, 2012 - 11 answers

Best practices for approaching busy ex-employers for reference? And how to explain longer stay at university?

I'm a new grad entering the workforce. What's the best way for me to approach busy busy BUSY ex-bosses (so busy they have phone gatekeepers, cuz they're always on the phone with Very Important People) to use them as a reference? I left them on good terms, but it's been at least two years and no contact in between. Several related questions ahead. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Should I be paid for the work I produced in this interview?

I recently attended a job interview which included a copywriting test - I was given some facts about an upcoming event and asked to write a press release. I did not get the job, however, the press release was released exactly as I wrote it (without my byline) and was picked up by a small local news blog and a local religious newspaper, as well as being used in the organisation's internal newsletter. The headline I wrote was also tweeted with a link to the event info on the organisation's website. [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Apr 15, 2012 - 26 answers

Manager promised what she couldn't deliver

Feel like I got massively screwed over at work for being a trusting idiot - should I make a fuss or just let it go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 19, 2012 - 23 answers

What Not To Wear: The Interview Edition. Help!

Okay. Mr. Anonnymoose is interviewing for an IT position at a large company that is well-known for its offbeat aesthetic. We are very excited! But we have no clue what he should wear. [more inside]
posted by anonnymoose on Feb 8, 2012 - 30 answers

Etiquette regarding followups after an interview? Found an awesome job, but don't want to seem pushy.

I found a job that I would really like to get, but the company is being slow in making a decision. [more inside]
posted by digitaldraco on Feb 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Wanted: Minions (Equal Opportunity Employer!)

Human Resources Voodoo: How does one land a supervisory position without ever having really supervised anyone? [more inside]
posted by jph on Jan 10, 2012 - 7 answers

"give a talk"-style technical interview

There's a computer programming type job I'm going to apply for where the interview process includes a "give a talk to your future team" component. Has anyone done something like this? [more inside]
posted by sarahj on Jan 8, 2012 - 13 answers

of course when it rains, it pours.

I have a job, which I've held since March '11. And now I have two interviews. I'm not sure I'm ready to leave my current job, but one of the interviews is for a much more prestigious company. How do I play this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 23, 2011 - 10 answers

How do I quit a job I just started?

How can I make time to interview for new jobs after just taking a job that I don't like? And, how do I explain to new companies why my availability to interview is so limited? [more inside]
posted by daveindc on Aug 13, 2011 - 8 answers

Take this job and ... give it to me!

Help me ace this job interview, where they're looking for someone to "support a bazillion printers and MFDs for a crap-ton of users and offices all over the world." (my translation of the HR-speak) [more inside]
posted by HopperFan on May 30, 2011 - 5 answers

How to mention that you're unemployed without sounding desperate on your blog

I'm trying to fill out my bio section which anyone who clicks my name on the blog, and I'm wondering if there is a casual and witty, but sincere way of writing it to let people know that I'm available for unemployment (or should I mention it at all)? [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 on May 18, 2011 - 12 answers

You mean you spent your time making money? For shame, for shame.

Trying to enter the field two years after completing my masters: How to spin/represent my unrelated work experience since then? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Apr 8, 2011 - 2 answers

Long Distance Job Searching

What, if anything, can I do now to have a productive - and hopefully successful - job search six months from now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 7, 2011 - 4 answers

Top job candidate was sloppy, didn't hew to gender norms, during the interview. Now what?

I'm having a hard time sussing out whether a recent job candidate's informality (and non-adherence to gender norms) should be a major warning sign, eye-rollingly insignificant, or somewhere in between. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 23, 2011 - 84 answers

Potential hostile interviewer

Should I even go to this job interview? [more inside]
posted by mornie_alantie on Mar 8, 2011 - 19 answers

courting the tallest companies on earth

What do I need to learn, and what experiences do I need to attain to get a top software development job? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Feb 15, 2011 - 7 answers

Need strategies for dealing with rejection at work

Can you help me prepare to not get an internal job offer at work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2010 - 12 answers

I would give you a heads of but I would like to keep my head.

I am in the process of applying for a new job. I have not told my current employer that I am doing so. I would prefer that my new perspective employer not contact my current one. What do you do when they say they will need to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 1, 2010 - 4 answers

Fixing an interview blunder?

I forgot to send a courtesy follow-up e-mail to my interviewer. I was told to expect a decision this week. Is it too late to make things right? [more inside]
posted by null14 on Oct 31, 2010 - 14 answers

How to avoid hiring manipulative people

As part of my job, I interview lots of engineering candidates (but the field doesn't really matter). One of my concerns is hiring manipulative personalities (blaming, perpetual victim, passive/aggressive, covert-aggressive, untreated personality disorders, etc). What are the best things to ask to spot trouble ahead of time? [more inside]
posted by ssqq on Oct 21, 2010 - 38 answers

What to say for an out of town interview

What do I tell my tiny company about my out of town job interview? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 29, 2010 - 10 answers

Drowning in politics and lies at work

How do I navigate this increasingly complicated and uncomfortable situation at work which involves lying on other people's part, future fibbing on my part, being angry at my bosses, and potentially following them out the door? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 31, 2010 - 17 answers

How do I apply for a job a second time?

How do I apply for a job a second time? [more inside]
posted by Gorgik on Jul 19, 2010 - 4 answers

You know I actually do this in my head when I am not interviewing

Metafilter: Would you help me write this thank you letter? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by The1andonly on Jun 29, 2010 - 4 answers

Should I be flattered, or worried?

I thought I was about to get a job offer. When I went in for the final interview, the boss told me another boss at the company was interested in me, too. What happens now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2010 - 14 answers

How do I use an offer from another company to negotiate a raise from my current one?

How do I use job offer from another company to negotiate a salary increase at my current one? [more inside]
posted by reticulatedspline on Sep 17, 2009 - 11 answers

How can I find out which company I'm interviewing with?

How can I find out which company I'm interviewing with next week? [more inside]
posted by sabira on Sep 4, 2009 - 15 answers

Graphic Design interview clothing?

Acceptable interview attire for graphic designers and media. How do I dress for interview and (hopefully) work on a budget? [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Aug 3, 2009 - 20 answers

Hire me! Or, you know, convince someone else to do it for you.

I'm applying for post-grad school jobs. One of them, a bit of a long shot, is within my close-knit current office. Others are elsewhere in and outside of the organization. Difficulty: my two best references are not only in this office but running the first job search. How in the world do I manage this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 21, 2009 - 3 answers

How do I respond to the question(s) Are you currently employed? Why did you leave your last job?

Are you currently employed? Why did you leave your last job? [more inside]
posted by ezekieldas on Dec 18, 2008 - 12 answers

Will Company A wait for me while I interview at Company B? (3-4 weeks from now?)

I am likely to soon get a job offer from Company A. Yesterday, Company B called to schedule an interview for a few weeks from now. I would prefer to work at Company B, but if I didn't get the job, I would want to work at Company A. How do I handle this delicate situation, seeing as we're talking about almost a month until I would have an answer from Company B? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Nov 25, 2008 - 11 answers

Help me decide what's appropriate for this job interview (clothing-wise)..

What should a California girl wear to a job interview in Boston in few (cold) weeks? [more inside]
posted by brynna on Oct 29, 2008 - 8 answers

How do I get off work for an interview?

I being flown out for an interview on Friday the 17th. My current boss doesn't know I've been looking for another job. I need to ask for the time off without telling the truth, but there are a few complications. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2008 - 29 answers

Can I still get the job?

How does this phone-interview fiasco effect my chances at getting a job? [more inside]
posted by brynna on Oct 6, 2008 - 13 answers

How to make the best of a technical interview without any directly related experience?

Upcoming interview for a technical Dream Job. Problem is, I've been working in a similar-ish industry, but don't have any professional experience directly related. How can I better emphasize my broad technical background, autodidact tendencies and passion for the industry to help assuage concerns the interviewer may have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 3, 2008 - 3 answers

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