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Sneaking out for an interview

How can you disappear from your desk without broadcasting the fact that you’re looking for a new job?

With analyst bonuses about to be paid, now’s the time when investment banks’ greener employees are liable to nip out to have a few words with alternative employers. Bearing this in mind, blogger The All Nighter is offering handy excuses for getting out of the office without revealing what precisely what you’re up to. Here they are, distilled:

· Dentist, doctor, home delivery (only good for one interview, hard to pull off twice – unless you’re having root canal treatment).

· Complain about back pains from sitting in front of your PC – out of paranoia about law suits, banks will first replace your chair, then (if you keep complaining) pay for chiropractic sessions which will give you the excuse to get out a few times a week.

· Go out for regular cigarette breaks. When you’re gone for a bit longer people will assume you’re drinking coffee as well as having a smoke.

· Wear a suit at all times – that way it will be less conspicuous when you come in wearing a suit for your interview.

The last point may be the most important. We asked a (very) senior banker how he spots people who are going out on something other than company business: “It’s obvious because they are wearing a suit with a tie done up,” he says. “They also leave at odd times and, more to the point, I have a call report system which lets me know precisely what they’re doing at each time of day.”

Is this a problem, we wonder? Apparently not: “I don’t mind that people are going out interviewing,” our senior friend explains. “If I drive it underground then they’ll just respond by creating false meetings and doing it at the weekend. I’ll then know less about them than I do now – if they’re not happy (and want more money) it’s better to know about it.”

Comments (8)

  1. some employers/boss understands. its beter to work up to them and ask for 2 to 3 hours off.
    one can even request that such should be dictducted from his/her payslip

  2. Try to have your interviews either early in the morning (easy to arrive a little bit late due heavy traffic or tube disruption) or late evening (starting 7pm 30 or 8 pm).

  3. I agree with Phi, but still not many companies are willing to do 8am or 7pm. This is a two-way process and I want to stress to those companies who are inflexible with their interview times – we are not begging for your job !!!!

  4. If you don’t turn up for work until 9.30 anyway then no one notices when you have an 8.30am interview!

  5. Well, everybody has the right to get sick one day while one can do his interview! easy ;)

  6. Long lunches are quite good !!

  7. There is no loyalty either from management or staff. The only reason your searching for greener pastures is because it due to short sighted management that sucks. Therefore, you’ll find a stupid vicious circle were management shows staff they are replaceable by interviewing in front of them – usually in the goldfish bowl …those open plan glass partitions – and staff run around job hunting. You’ll have to ask yourself surely somethings got to give – nope it will just continue relentlessly.

  8. 7:15am or 7/8pm is good

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