No one looks for a new job when they love their current job. If the pay is great, the work is fun and the coworkers are friendly, no one would ever leave. So if you are looking at new jobs, there is a good chance that your current job is inadequate.
Still, that does not mean that you want them to know that you are looking for a new job. After all, if you can’t find a good job you still need to work, and you need that work environment to be as pleasant as possible. Going up to your manager and saying “Hey, I need a few hours off for a job interview” is not a good idea. Below are several tips for getting to your job interview.
Scheduling Your Job Interview
- Ask About Early/Late Times
Normal work hours are not the same for all companies. There is no rule that says you must work from 9 to 5. See if you can go in for your job interview earlier or later in the day. Remember, potential new employers understand that you may have workplace obligations that you can’t get out of. See if they can work their schedule around.
- Have a Sick Day
Are you okay? You look like you may be coming down with something. Cough once for yes and twice for no. Calling in sick for work happens all the time. If you have a sick day, use it. Fake a little bit of illness and head off to your job interview.
- Take a Vacation
If you have a decent amount of vacation time set aside, consider scheduling a little vacation for yourself. You are likely going to lose your vacation time anyway if you get a new job, and the extended vacation can allow you to relax after your interview no matter how well you did.
- Plan Ahead
Depending on the type of work you do, you may be able to plan your schedule ahead of time. Simply work longer to complete work early or tell your boss that you have something you need to do in the morning and would like to work at night and chances are you can get the time off. You can also see about working away from the office that day and simply letting people know you need to step out.
- Make Up An Excuse
The reality is that any excuse will do. You have to pick up family from the airport. You have to talk to a loan officer about buying a new car. You have some problems with your home that you need to fix. It doesn’t really matter what the excuse is provided it is believable and that you do your best to get all of your work done.
Doesn’t Really Matter
It doesn’t matter what excuse you end up using. What matters is that you plan it out ahead of time. You do not want to burn bridges as you leave your current workplace. You never know when knowing someone in that office will come in handy.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Find an excuse to get out of work that is believable.
- See if the employer can schedule a late or early interview.