Originally Posted by Minevah
This has happened to me twice,on both occasions an opportunity for an interview had arisen with very short notice ( 1-2 days) and I felt my only option was to call in sick as annual leave in both jobs usually had to be cleared at least a week in advance.....I felt so guilty though for doing it and I would only do it again for a job I felt I couldn't pass up
Was your sick leave paid or unpaid? if it is unpaid, I suppose its not so bad. But I think it wrong to call in sick, go to an interview with another company, and get paid for that.
I know how awkward and uncomfortable it can be to ask for the time off, and I think this is why most people dodge that bullet and phone in sick. Its much easier to pick up a phone that morning and say you're sick rather than face to face ask for time off earlier in the week. But there has to be something you could use as an excuse for leave at short notice, other than sick?
Originally Posted by Manach
It would only be done if I had frontloaded the time (plus a bit extra) extract so as to balance out any missing jobtime
If you know you are applying for other interviews I think it is only decent you should accrue some flex leave if you are able to do this. If not, then you can give prior notice to your employer that you may be needing some odd days off in the near future. You still don't have to say its for interviews, you can just say its for dental treatment. Or that you are getting work done at home and might need the odd day or half day for deliveries, or you need to bring a family member to some hospital appointments....the list of possible excuses is endless. But at least that way you are using your own time and not your employer's paid time. When its all over, they are going to know you were missing for interviews, and when that happens they are much less likely to have a face on if you took your own time.
And now that I think about it, if you are called for an interview, what if they ask for second or third interviews? This could cause you problems with attendence, and this could be mentioned in a reference check. If you take AL or flex then there is nothing can be said about your attendence record.