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How do you go on interviews while working?

Dear Donna,

The last time that I was job searching I had no job at all so going on interviews was no problem, but how do you do interviews when you are working? I have a reputation for never calling in sick. How do I not raise attention when interviews are done Monday through Friday?

Needs Time for an Interview

Dear Needs Time for an Interview,

You have a few options. You can request a personal or vacation day, which is what many people do when they schedule interviews. It’s usually not a good idea, for many reasons, to call in sick for something other than sickness.

Your other option, if you don’t have any personal or vacation days available, is to let the prospective employer know this and ask if an exception can be made for an interview during early morning hours or before you go to work or later in the day or after you get off work.

Another option: Tell your current employer that you need to either come in late or leave early one day for a personal matter and that you will happily make the time up on another day (if that is possible) by coming in early or staying later. This in itself is certainly not suspicious as people have personal matters to attend to such as medical appointments, family obligations and so on during regular work hours all the time.

If all of the above is not an option for whatever reason, you can also request a full day or half day off without pay.

Where there is a will there is always a way.

Best wishes,


By | 2021-05-07T16:36:39-04:00 June 3rd, 2015|Categories: Nursing Careers and Jobs|0 Comments

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Donna Cardillo
Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP, is president of Known as The Inspiration Nurse, she is a keynote speaker, retreat and seminar leader, and author of "Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional" and "The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career." She brings more than 25 years of clinical, management and business experience to her role as career guru.

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