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How to interview for a job… when you already have a job

If you are already in a position, how can you attend job interviews at another company? Do you get sick?

Today, many companies are accommodating when it comes to interviews,” notes Véronique Boutin, CHRP, Director of Talent Management. They offer the possibility of doing them in the morning, at lunchtime or in the evening. »

Technology can also help in some situations: “Conducting an interview via videoconferencing can reduce time away from work, since there is no travel time. »

Candidates who are already employed should therefore not hesitate to ask for an accommodation to pass the interview.

I advise candidates to inform the recruiter of their limitations in this regard early in the hiring process,” says Véronique Boutin. It will be easier for the recruiter to accommodate them later, when possible. »

However, it is preferable to moderate expectations: “Some organizations still use traditional recruitment methods, including calling an interview at a specific time, without flexibility,” warns the director.

In this case, we will have to be away from the office a few times if we want to complete the hiring process. This involves fabricating a few lies or half-truths along the way, to explain one’s absences to the boss – a situation that can make some workers uncomfortable.

Let’s consider the advantages, though. By taking a half-day off to focus your attention on the interview, you avoid arriving at the future employer with “fog in your gut”, ill-prepared, after running from one place to another. You have time to change clothes, prepare your answers and review the job description.

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What “excuse” to choose?

The most popular excuse among workers when a candidate has to take time off from his or her current job to go for an interview at another company is a medical appointment. At least that’s what 44% of Canadians surveyed by Monster in 2013 said. This percentage rises to 54% among Francophones.

This excuse is not without its drawbacks; it stimulates curiosity and raises questions such as: “Oh… is everything okay? »

Perhaps this is why the second most popular excuse is “other”. In many workplaces, it is perfectly acceptable to justify an absence with a “personal reason” without further explanation. The employer will then understand that the absence is of a private nature.

The other most common excuses according to the Monster survey are illness (15%), a daycare problem (12%) and a domestic appointment (8%), such as a mail delivery or a visit from a technician.

In all three cases, you’ll have to expect to cobble together a few lies during lunchtime to satisfy the curiosity of the boss and colleagues!

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