If you are a senior professional, it is unlikely that they are going to ask you this question, but, if you are, I just want to make sure you are covered. If you’re a relative beginner, the trap here is they’re looking to see whether you have integrity and if you say, “Well, I took a sick day,” every time you take a sick day and are working for them, they are going to wonder if you are out there interviewing.
So, the best way to answer this is to say, “I had personal time coming to may and I took a personal day. So, I don’t like the idea of lying to my employer and saying that I took a sick day. This is personal.” Thus, what you’re doing by doing this is demonstrating integrity.
Yes, you are interviewing and some people will say that’s a betrayal of your current employer. Who cares?? These people are not important to pay attention to. Just simply say that what you need to be doing is looking at these situations and presenting yourself as someone with integrity and thus answering this question by saying, “I took a personal day,” or “I had personal time coming to me. That’s how I created as the 2-hour window to meet with you.” That is the correct way to answer this.
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