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Taking Time Off for an Interview

Excuses for Not Going to Work


Businesswoman conducting interview
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What's the best way to take time off from work for a job interview? I always suggest that job seekers try to schedule interviews early or late in the day, or at lunch time. Another alternative, if you can schedule a couple of interviews on one day, is taking a vacation day.

Site visitors (share your excuse) have shared lots of other excuses for not going to work.

Excuses for Taking Time Off to Interview

  • Take a vacation day.
  • Use a sick day.
  • Take a couple of hours of personal time.
  • Volunteer for an extra task, meeting, event, conference of some kind that involves time outside of normal work hours, then take the extra hours worked as comp time.
  • Picking a friend up from the airport.
  • House was burglarized.
  • Plumbing problem.
  • Sick child.
  • Sick parent.
  • Doctor's appointment for yourself or a family member.
  • Medical testing.
  • You have a migraine and need to go home.
  • You have a business meeting.
  • Personal business.
  • Appointment with an attorney to get wills.
  • Financial planning appointment.

In addition to good excuses you can use for not going to work, take a look (and add the worst excuses you've heard) at the bad excuses you've heard for missing work.

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