Dear Experts, I've got the chance to work for one day for a friend and make $1000. This is more than I make in a week at my current job. Problem is the gig falls on a work day. Should I call in sick, take personal day or tell boss the truth? What if I tell him the truth and he says I can't go? My other concern is the job is related to TV and there's a shot I'd be recognized. Chances are unlikely, but I still worry. Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question:Q#257 Agree with other experts. Take a personal day for it. (@DebraWheatman) Q#257 Ask 4 a persnl day. No need 2 say Y-Its "Persnl" .U cn B forthright & moral w/o volunteering everything. (@RTResmePro) Q#257 Take a personal day or tell your boss the truth. Is $1000 worth getting fired for, if he finds out you lied? (@AskAManager) Q#257 Don't call in sick if you aren't sick. Dishonesty will get you in trouble. Instead, take a personal/vacation day. (@gradversity) Q#257 VERY BAD idea to call in sick if UR not sick. Pers or vaca day-should not need to explain why. (@keppie_careers) Q#257 If there's potential conflict of interest in 1-day job (vs full-time work), then disclose 2 boss. (@ValueIntoWords) Q#257 Either take a legitimate vacation day. (What you do on your earned vacation time is your biz OR... (@dawnbugni) (1 of 2) Q#257 Seems 'personal day' fits the bill. Personal means just that, and if ur making $ on your 'off' day, more power 2 u. (@ValueIntoWords) Q#257 ...have discussion w/boss & be willing to accept no. Calling in sick (lying) NOT an option- ever. (@dawnbugni) (2 of 2) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.
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The interview is one component of the job search process that most people love to hate. While it serves as a sign from the employer that you are being strongly considered for a position, it also can be a source of angst for candidates who fear they'll make mistakes that will cut them out of the running.
A great way to overcome the anxiety interviews produce is to begin feeling good about the process. Need help getting there? Here are five ways to build confidence for a job interview.
One great way to build your confidence going into the interview is by conducting plenty of research on the company and the position that you're going after. A common question interviewers ask is, "Do you know anything about our company?" Most times, candidates give vague answers, or—in a worst-case scenario—answer, "No."
If you're able to share the company's background information and showcase knowledge of its future goals for the position in question, you'll have an opportunity to impress the interviewer.
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By understanding how to answer common interview questions, particularly behavioral interview questions, you'll build a lot of confidence going into the job interview.
Another great way to build confidence for a job interview is to practice before the big day. You can do this by answering questions in front of a mirror to read your own facial expressions and body language, or you could have a friend help you with a mock interview.
It's also great to find a professional outfit you feel comfortable wearing. Feeling good in your clothes and knowing you've fully prepared can work wonders for boosting your confidence before a job interview.
Make Sure You Have No Skeletons
An important step in preparing for your interview is being able to recall your own career history and discuss prospective goals with the company and in your professional life as a whole. But, as you look back over your career, be sure to research yourself online to ensure there are no skeletons on the internet that could be brought up in your interview.
Remember, companies conduct background checks often via search engines, so it's up to you to ensure your social media profiles are professional and/or private.
It's normal to feel some anxiety before a job interview, but you can take steps to minimize those nerves. We hope these tips help you build confidence for your next job interview and shine in the hiring process!
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