A new global poll conducted by Monster, the worldwide leader in successfully connecting people to job opportunities and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. finds that 44% of respondents consider telling their boss they have a medical appointment to be the best excuse to leave work for a job interview. Another health related excuse, illness, was the second most popular choice at 15%. Monster asked “If you had to pick one, which is the best excuse to leave work for a job interview?” and received over 3,000 responses. International findings included:
- 44% of respondents answered “Medical (Doctor/Dentist) appointment”
- 15% of respondents answered “Illness”
- 8% of respondents answered “Delivery/repairman”
- 12% of respondents answered “Childcare”
- 21% of respondents answered “Other”
Slayter continues, “Employers should recognize that they have no choice but to be on both sides of this coin. Making it easy for people to be honest is a good approach. That means when you're recruiting, make an effort to schedule interviews before or after work hours -- or perhaps at lunch. With your own workers, don't press them about how they're spending their requested time off.”Tips for Job Interviewing While Still Employed:
- Speak with the potential employer. Consider asking for a slot first thing in the morning or in the early evening to cut down on absence time. Some employers may even offer slots outside of working hours if you ask – and they’ll respect your dedication and work-ethic.
- There is no need to lie. Think of using words like ‘appointment’ or ‘commitment’ that don’t invite a lot of questions but equally aren’t untrue. The problem with citing medical appointments is that they are questionable after a while – especially when you’re looking fit and healthy.
- Utilize your time. If you have the opportunity to work flexi-time then consider using that option to ensure you don’t need to miss work at all. Alternatively, see if you can take a day or even half a day’s annual leave and line up more than one interview for the same day.
For tips on navigating the interview process, please visit: MonsterWorking.com.About Monster Worldwide Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW),is the global leader in successfully connecting job opportunities and people. Monster uses the world's most advanced technology to help people Find Better, matching job seekers to opportunities via digital, social and mobile solutions including monster.com®, our flagship website, and employers to the best talent using a vast array of products and services. As an Internet pioneer, more than 200 million people have registered on the Monster Worldwide network. Today, with operations in more than 40 countries, Monster provides the broadest, most sophisticated job seeking, career management, recruitment and talent management capabilities globally. For more information visit about-monster.com.