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STARR INSIGHTS: Making time for that important interview

by Ryan Waters

Interviewing for a new role can be a stressful time as not only do you have to prepare for the questions you may be asked but you also have to take time out of work to attend. Here I look at the best ways to make space in your diary for interviews.

When you have committed to finding a new role it is best to pre-plan how you are going to fit interviews into your schedule. The last thing most people want to do is arouse suspicion with your current employer that you are searching for a new role. This need not be the case and, whilst we don’t advocate lying, you have a few options other than the standard dentist or doctor’s appointment that has been commonplace over the years:

I would advise taking a day’s holiday or half day as lunch hour interviews can be problematic, especially as you have to factor in travel to and from the location, not to mention interviews varying in terms of duration. The idea is to make this as stress-free as possible so you can focus on the job in hand and that’s conducting a good interview to the best of your ability rather than clock-watch and worry about getting back to your desk.

I appreciate you may not have enough holiday days or you would prefer to use it for time away with the family so being flexible is highly important. This could be through making yourself available before or after work, if necessary. Something worth remembering is that a potential employer will always respect your commitment to your current job and that it may be difficult for you to just leave half-way through the day for no apparent reason.

To recap on these points, when you have committed to finding a new role pre-plan how you will fit interviews into your schedule. As an ideal scenario, use a holiday day or half day so you can focus on the interview. Be flexible and start early or a later interview time and try and avoid a lunch-time rush unless the interview has a set time limit.

If you have decided to find a new role then you have to make times for interviews, ideally without harming your current position or trust with your employers. If you require any further advice on this or any other recruitment questions then please do not hesitate to contact us here at Harington Starr.

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