It pays to be honest with your boss when you need a day off. But when you need the day off to interview for another job, it might be better to keep that to yourself.
The employment website Monster.com asked more than 3,000 workers around the world for the most common excuses to go to a job interview they told their current boss.
The survey revealed we’re not as creative as we think: 44 percent used the tried-and-true “medical appointments,” while 15 percent went with, “faking an illness.” Perhaps the lamest excuse came from the 8 percent who said they needed to wait at home for a delivery or repairman.
While Monster.com didn’t offer too many country-by-country comparisons, it did reveal that only 7 percent of French workers said they would fake an illness. Perhaps they read this British survey of 1,000 bosses, which found 600 of them don’t believe their own employees when they call in sick.
So what are you supposed to do if you have a job interview during work hours? Monster.com didn’t offer better excuses, but it did offer this advice…
- Be honest with your potential employer. Ask to schedule a job interview during a time that doesn’t conflict with work — and tell them why. They might just respect your work ethic and dedication.
- Only “sort of” lie to your current employer. Use words like “commitment” instead of “appointment” so you get questioned less and it’s not entirely untrue. The problem with claiming you have an “appointment” is that you may be asked for documented proof.
- Use time wisely. If you know you only have one day off and you’re job hunting, try to line up all your interviews in one day.
But if you just want a good excuse, that British survey had some revelations. Certain excuses — like vomiting bugs, viruses, and abdominal pains — are more likely to be believed. And f you’re going to lie, go big. Here are 10 of the wildest excuses bosses had heard. If they don’t work, at least you’ll get points for creativity…
- I was swimming too fast and smacked my head on the poolside.
- I drank too much and fell asleep on someone’s floor – I don’t know where I am.
- My toe is trapped in the bath tap.
- I’ve injured myself during sex.
- I am stuck in my house because the door’s broken.
- I am hallucinating.
- My new girlfriend bit me in a delicate place.
- I’ve had a hair dye disaster.
- I’ve been bitten by an insect.
- A can of baked beans landed on my big toe.