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I’m running out of excuses to use for getting out of work to attend interviews. What do you use?

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"Diarrhea” is always good for eliminating follow up questions.

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Me and Gastro right now. Thank GOD I WFH

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Apartment issues - window, maintenance, electric, plumbing. Doctors appointments, checkups, blood draws or tests, weekly therapy. Meeting an old mentor who is in from out of town

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NICE!!!

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A response to everyone who says honesty is the best policy and that ‘any good supervisor will understand,’ No. Knowledge is power; keep it. 3 reasons off the top: -By willfully taking company time to interview, you are technically stealing. Can be cause, if you get on someone’s bad side - By telling a manager, who has a duty to protect the company, you may be the first to be shut outside when it’s good for the company, not when it’s good for you - It WILL affect potential promotions if word gets out you’re not in it for the long haul. Just...avoid.

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Someone on my team expressed that they were interviewing recently. If we need to cut staff, you can guess who’s at the top of the list. Keep it to yourself.

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May I ask why you’re running out of excuses? Are you taking on 3-5 interviews a week and just not landing any gigs? I’d maybe tighten up your offers and not leave your actual paying job for any place that asks you to come in. Otherwise, start asking potentials to bend for you. Go on your lunch break, after work hours, or do a Skype interview.

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I started looking a month ago and I’ve had request for interviews every week. I have turned down some and I’ve went to two. Two in a month can start to send warning signs. One I did not get the second I turned down because we could not negotiate on salary.

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I once told my boss that a snake broke into my house.

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Lol. I hope you used this phrasing!

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Just schedule them in the morning and just say you're coming in late. At some point people know what you're doing ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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So true lol

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There’s something wrong with the gas line in your building (this happened to me and I was constantly having to go home to let the maintenance company in to conduct pressure testing or work on the stove or the dryer) or you are redecorating (you pretty much always have to be home to use the freight elevator). I personally think it’s bad luck to feign health issues

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Doctors appointment and check ups

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Sick dog Sick baby Sick partner (life partner) Sick parent Something personal Car issues Train issues Bus issues Forgot your laptop Forgot your wallet Spilled coffee on yourself Got mugged on the way Meeting your accountant Meeting your lawyer Kids b-day Grandparents b-day Job related workshop ...

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Dermatologist appointment is my favorite - requires frequent follow ups. Not contagious or grave. and definitely won’t elicit too many questions as to what you have.

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Twins!

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I say I'm having a non invasive, non life threatening operation broken into a few procedures. Like a root canal or tooth surgery. Once or twice a week for a few months and may also need to WFH a couple of days to cope with any pain or medicinal side effects. Not only do they not suspect it, but you may even get sympathy. Suckaz!

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Feels a bit weird when you're interviewing but actually do have a root canal. 😂

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Half-day PTO to attend to personal issues, and you won’t owe a further explanation.

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Can you say you’re working from home and schedule interviews for early in the morning or late in the afternoon? PS - hello neighbor (maybe?) and good luck in your search. I’m trying to get the hell out of dodge too.

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What if OP's boss replied to this thread already?

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New Jordan’s got released

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Furniture getting delivered. Have to sign for it.

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"I'm heading to an interview" works too

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when I left my last job, pretty much the entire team knew I had had an interview and I didn’t care

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Why not just say you have an appointment and don't specify (on any occaison) what that is?

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Doing an informational interview with a college student from your alma mater to give them industry tips.

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Working from a coffee shop?

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I’ve had direct reports tell me: if they are stars - I will either fight to keep them or encourage them to further their careers. If I’m indifferent about them, then I wish them all the best. It allows me to make sure my ducks are in a row as far as documentation, redundancy, J/Ds ready, etc. I’ve had direct reports in both camps tell me they’re looking. I will concede that I’ve generally been on teams that haven’t had layoffs. Even at the VP level, you aren’t “management” - and I’ve been a VP at both small and large shops. Re my last search when everyone knew - I didn’t tell anyone but your direct reports know your schedule and when you’re lying about where you are.

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