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Advice on how to interview when you can't step out during work and it's hard to get PTO approved from your boss?

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It’s so sad you even have to ask although I’ll pass along advice I received. You have to prioritize your life and can not keep giving everything up for a company that would likely discard you without a second thought. Just block the time and go. It’s advertising someone will do the work. You deserve so much better than that. Glad you are pursuing a move. Just build that boundary in your next role upfront

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That seems more like prison than a job! What would you say if you had a dentist appointment? Or had to see a doctor? Or if you had to pick your child up from daycare? What if you had a friend or relative who needed help getting home from minor surgery? My point is, we all have things that happen in our lives that take precedence over a few hours of the work day. You can’t let yourself feel so afraid that you become trapped. If the department is understaffed—and you actually want to help--just say you need to take the morning off on a certain day but will plan to work late that night. @SVP1 offers great advice.

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You look terribly ill my friend. Better not go in, lest you make everyone else sick. And good luck

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Call in “sick”.

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You're sick. You need to do offsite research. You have a doctor appointment.

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THE PLUMBER WAS LATE AGAIN!!! Who knew??

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Your boss should be approving your PTO - I tell my team to yell at me if I miss the approved email. But if he/she is bad about it, use a sick day! If anyone presses the issue, look embarrassed and mention some sort of bowel trouble. No one’s going to question IBS.

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Sick day for sure. Don’t use PTO.

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What boss doesn’t approve PTO?!

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Long lunches are out of the question since everyone eats at their desk or doesn't eat. My boss doesn't like to approve PTO because he says work is too busy and we are understaffed

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Leave

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Coughcough you’re sick. Btw, good luck w/ the job hunt because you need to LEAVE. Work’s always going to be busy but a good team is always supportive of taking necessary time off.

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Go on your lunch break and take a long lunch if you need to

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Sick with a migraine* - they come fast out of no where and people know you can’t work while you have one, but you can bounce back in the next day without suspicion

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If you have a child, kid is sick and you got a call from daycare or school to come get them ASAP. You have doctor’s appointment you’ve missed twice already and now need to go. Dog got injured and headed to vet being worked into schedule. Funeral for old friend next town over so need whole day. Or simply “personal reasons” and offer nothing more. Not their business why you need a day off.

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Thank you everyone for the advice. I'm aware that this isn't a good environment, but sometimes you can't tell prior to joining a team and then afterwards it's too late and you just have to suck it up until you can leave. Hopefully I can leave asap because there's only so many doctor appointments I can reasonably use as an excuse. Interviews take several rounds and it's been tough getting an offer. Wish me luck!

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You don't even have to provide that. If anyone questions you about recurring doctor's appointments, thank them for their concern, but tell them it's nothing they should worry about. If they pry (they shouldn't, but it sounds like you work with jackals) hint at mental health, and they'll back down quick. They won't want to navigate those waters.

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Diahrrea

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Do whatcha gotta do

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Ask the interviewer to meet you in the morning before work or after work. I would be flexible for you and change my schedule to give you options for us to meet. If an interviewer cannot accommodate your schedule at work, I would not want to work for them. It’s a good test to see their commitment to hiring great Talent. And, it also demonstrates you are valued and needed at your current job.

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As someone who just spent the past couple weeks interviewing for a position on my team, i can say people will be very flexible with schedules. Coming in early or staying late to meet candidates. Take OH1 advice. If they won’t do it, maybe they’re not worth it.

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Sick day. But on the real, if you’re supposed to have pto and you can’t take them when you’re on your way out report him

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contagious genital warts.

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This guy gets it ^

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Say you have a doctor appointment and go during you lunch hour

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