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    Well I just had an interview at a company I’m really interested in. The job is a little bit daunting but I’m sure I could do it. I met with the person I’d be replacing (who seemed to really like me) and another woman that’s recruiting for a similar role at the same time.

    At the end, the man who’d I might replace said that they both really liked me and would like me to come back to meet with the person I’d be supporting. As I’m away next week, I said that I could come back on Friday if they would like me to.

    Now… currently I haven’t told my employer and I know the rule is wait until you have the job offer but I can’t foresee get more time off work unless I have a good reason. And I really like my boss, I hate lying to him about where I am.

    Should I hold on telling him? What should I tell him if they ask me back? The other thing I think is if I tell my boss, he might have to lie to his boss about it until I get the offer… Ugh.

    #668389 Reply
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    It’s tough getting a new job.

    #668392 Reply
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    Kate

    You have to lie, take a vacation day, be sick, whatever. You cannot tell your boss you have a second interview. You have to wait until you’ve got an offer and negotiated it to your satisfaction and are prepared to walk away from your previous job.

    Good luck!

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    Kate

    Or try to get them to schedule the interview really early, like 8? And come in s little late? Or vice versa in the afternoon.

    #668395 Reply
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    Yeah, that’s what I thought you’d say 🙁 I hate being dishonest.

    It’s difficult as they said potentially Friday afternoon and it’s my last day in the office for a week… I might say something like I need the afternoon off to get things ready for school? Or maybe fake a headache during the day?

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    Kate

    Let the new job people know you’re having difficulties getting time off and ask what’s the latest you could meet on Friday. And then just make something up about needing to leave early. You can do it!

    No way you can swing it next week during vacation?

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    Kate

    Or during lunch? Or early? You could say you have a last-minute doctor appointment?

    #668401 Reply
    Nookie
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    I’m physically out of the country next week, bad timing. I will ask when’s the latest I can come… taking an extra long lunch break might look weird, unless I have a good reason. I told them I had a doc’s appointment today so I don’t want to push that button again, my boss is already concerned that I’m dying. 🙁

    But you’re totally right, I have to be dishonest about it. Awful. But I’m putting the horse before the cart; they said they were really impressed but maybe they’ll meet someone during the day that is more impressive. Who knows?

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    ktfran
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    I’m not good at lying either. I’d have a hard time with it. But Kate is right. You have to in this situation. Try to meet late in the afternoon and then make something up. A last minute errand you really need to run. Or whatever.

    Good luck with the new job interview.

    #668411 Reply
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    Thanks @ktfran, I really would like the role though it’s a tiny bit scary too as it sounds quite intense. I guess it’s a good thing that the person I’m replacing is still with the organisation, I can ask questions if I get stuck…

    I think you’re all right, I will ask for the latest possible and then ask if I can leave early as I have things to do before we go skiing next week! We’re leaving pretty early in the morning on Saturday.

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    SpaceySteph

    It shouldn’t be that weird for the new company to hear that you need to deconflict your interview with your existing job. Don’t get so wrapped up in lying to your current job that you start acting shady with the potential future employer– tell them you are short on time off and request either first thing or last thing so you can work the day in between.

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    MissDre

    OoOoOo I have a second interview on Friday as well. Good luck! I’m having a ton of anxiety over my interview, because

    1) the job would be a huge step up in terms of responsibility and
    2) I’m not 100% sure if the company is a good fit for me??

    I feel like so much of the time job interviews are about trying to impress a recruiter, and I have a hard time asking for what I want.

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