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I’m calling out sick to interview for a new role. Any suggestions on how to do it without being suspicious?

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Dermatologist appointment is my favorite. You’re not contagious or gravely ill but it wont elicit too many questions.

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"Can't come in, I have explosive diarrhea." Also fits that description.

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I just did this- I had a few “doctor’s appointments” on the calendar the last month or so, and no one asked any questions... and now I have a new job! 🤷‍♀️

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Make like you’re really sick and take the whole week off - but then go to a tanning place everyday while you’re off. When you come back with a great tan everyone will think you faked illness to go an a vacation and no one will ever suspect you were interviewing.

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Just say you’re not feeling well, and that you’re definitely not interviewing for a job.

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Don’t tell any of your work friends what you’re doing.

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Take the following day too, makes it look more legit.

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Old reliable.

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Ha! A former colleague used to use the “I got a stiff neck” excuse🤪

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No one actually cares. Don’t over think it or explain to others too much.

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Agree

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Can’t you just just wfh and say you have an appointment ?

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Give no hint and leave no trace. Turn off your Snapchat map feature don’t post on fishbowl about it

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Nobody will ever ask questions when you say the word 'dhiarrhea'

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For extra realism, eat a pound of Taco Bell and give yourself actual diarrhea at the interview

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“I’m sick.............of this job."

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The important thing is dont tell ANYONE at work the real deal. Word will absolutely get out, no matter how much you trust your gossip pal.

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Say something like “I’m sick and can’t come in tomorrow."

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Just say you’re not feeling well and can’t come in today. No need to say more than that.

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Migraine

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Adding to this - what if both you and your partner are interviewing? It’s too suspicious if we both have appointments - suggestions?

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True... But concepting doesn’t seem like something they will schedule around if a meeting pops up

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I always say something really embarrassing so no one would question it. I hate all my coworkers so I really don’t care what they think. (E.g: getting a skin tag removed)

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Just take the time like you would for anything else. Your personal time should be respected and you should not have to make excuses

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Take PTO if you don’t want to worry about keeping your story straight/getting caught in subterfuge.

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