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World – Jobseekers cite medical issues as best excuse to attend interviews

14 March 2014

A new global poll conducted by global job board Monster found that 44% of respondents believe that telling their boss they have a medical appointment is the best excuse to leave work to attend a job interview. The second most popular ‘excuse’ for leaving work was illness with 15%.

Monster asked "If you had to pick one, which is the best excuse to leave work for a job interview?" and received over 3,000 responses. International findings included:

  • 44% - Medical (Doctor/Dentist) appointment
  • 15% - Illness
  • 12% - Childcare
  • 8% - Delivery/repairman
  • 21% - Other

Breaking down the numbers by region: French respondents are the most likely to create faux doctor's appointments when sneaking out for interviews, with 54% answering that they believe it is the best excuse; conversely. They are also the least likely to fake an illness to excuse an interview related absence, with only 7% selecting it as the best option.

Respondents in the US were the biggest proponents of the call in sick method, with 16% choosing illness as their preferred excuse. Canadian respondents were the least likely to use a delivery/repairman excuse, with under 7% selecting this option and were the most inclined to use a childcare related excuse, with 16% picking this answer.

Mary Ellen Slayter, Career Advice Expert for Monster, commented: "Our research has indicated that employed workers continue to actively look for jobs. Juggling both a job and a job hunt can be tricky. Fortunately, finding a balance is easier than ever. Many parts of your job hunt- from researching industries and companies, to finding open positions and submitting applications, can be accomplished online and off the clock.”

Ms Slayter continued: "Employers should recognise that they have no choice but to be on both sides of this coin. Making it easy for people to be honest is a good approach. That means when you're recruiting, make an effort to schedule interviews before or after work hours, or perhaps at lunch. With your own workers, don't press them about how they're spending their requested time off."

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