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January 7th, 2011

How To Interview While Working a Full-time Job

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Looking for a job while you currently have one can be tricky, especially depending on the industry and organization that you work in. Discretion is key as you do not want your current employer to get wind of your plans. Besides the obvious no-no’s such as:

Do not print out job descriptions on the general office printer

Do not print copies of your resume and cover letter at work

Do not let anyone see you perusing external job boards

There are a few more tips that one should keep in mind when they’ve reached the next step in the job-hunting process – the interview. Below are 5 tips that one should keep in mind:

Schedule interviews before work or after work.

Most companies are more than willing to work around your schedule. Schedule early morning interviews or late afternoon appointments in order to keep red flags down.

If the organization you work for has a casual dress policy, keep your interview clothes in a gym bag and change off-site before your interview.

Change in the fitting room of a nearby retail store or if you have a friend that works in the area, change at their office and leave your gym bag with them. Should you change in a fitting room, be sure to give the fitting room attendant a heads up. (This writer has been known to at times walk into a retail store in one outfit and out with another without a word to anyone– usually people are too busy to really notice.)

Take a vacation or personal day and try to schedule as many interviews on that day as possible.

If you are able to schedule an interview a few days in advance, immediately give your employer a heads up that you would like to take some time off.

Take phone-interviews away from the office in a quiet place, not at your cubicle or in your office.

While looking for a new job you don’t want to sacrifice a chance at losing your current one. You do not want someone walk by and overhear your conversation so have them off-site.

If need be, use simple excuses such as a doctor’s appointment in order to sneak away for an hour or two.

Elaborate lies or excuses can get messy and possibly cost you your current job. Should an interview take longer than expected, be sure to stay back in the office to make up the time missed.


About the Author

Genel Ambrose
Genel is SocialtikMag's Lifestyle Editor. She recently completed a MFA in Creative Writing and holds dual degrees in Journalism and Sociology from New York University.




 
 

 
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8 Comments


  1. Hello and thanks! Although after reading those suggestions it seemed more common sense than not, but probably we would be surprised at all of the individuals who had never thought of this or did not know. I left my employer after 30 years to return to school to obtain my MBA and although it was a struggle due to a disability, it was well worth it in the end. Unfortunately, not planning for a drastic change in the economy was a surprise, it all works out in the end I know. Thanks again for sharing these tips for people especially like myself who are going back to work with I hope a more stable employer, the Federal government.


  2. Although after reading those suggestions it seemed more common sense than not, but probably we would be surprised at all of the individuals who had never thought of this or did not know.


  3. ed more common sense than not, but probably we would be surprised at all of the individuals who had never thought of this or did not know.


  4. like myself who are going back to work with I hope a more stable employer, the Federal government.


  5. Awesome blog. I enjoyed reading your articles. This is truly a great read for me. I have bookmarked it and I am looking forward to reading new articles. Keep up the good work!


  6. That’s just plain wrong. You’re asking employees to lie in current employer’s face. That’s so unfair. I’m also an employee but would never do this.

    If you really feel that you need a change, better resign, serve notice period and then start job search & schedule interviews. Being empty for couple of weeks or months shouldn’t hurt.

    You suggest to schedule interview after or before work, but what about the fatigue or mental pressure after interview, would you really be able to work.


  7. Most companies are more than willing to work around your schedule. Schedule early morning interviews or late afternoon appointments in order to keep red flags down.


  8. The tips that you have given in this particular write up on how to take interview while working a full time job is simply informative and with lots of ideas.



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