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How many days were you absent from work last year?

This question has been answered 15 times by professional recruiters and hiring managers. View their answers below.

Advice
The interviewer would like to know about your dedication to being present and on time. A part of being a diligent employee is to ensure that you are always on time and present when expected. It's great to even be 10 minutes early rather than just showing up right on the dot. Talk to the interviewer about your attendance.

Abdominal Sonographer answer example
"I had zero unexcused absences last year. In total, I took 12 vacation days out of my 15 allotted days. I was sick just 2 and those were accompanied by a note from my doctor. Once I was late due to a terrible snow storm and I always try to be 10 minutes early for my shift."
Abstractor answer example
"I had zero unexcused absences last year. In total, I took 12 vacation days out of my 15 allotted days. I was sick just 2 and those were accompanied by a note from my Doctor. Once I was late due to a terrible snow storm and I always try to be 10 minutes early for my shift."
Admin answer example
"I cannot recall the exact number, but I think it was around three days total. All absences were excused and with notice."
Auto Mechanic answer example
"I had zero unexcused absences last year. In total, I took 12 vacation days out of my 15 allotted days. I was sick just 2, and a note from my Doctor accompanied those. Once I was late due to a terrible snow storm, and I always try to be 10 minutes early for my shift."
Basic answer example
"I had zero unexcused absences last year. In total, I took 12 vacation days out of my 15 allotted days. I was sick just 2, and a note from my Doctor accompanied those. Once I was late due to a terrible snow storm, and I always try to be 10 minutes early for my shift."
Border Patrol Officer answer example
"I had zero unexcused absences last year. In total, I took 12 vacation days out of my 15 allotted days. I was sick just 2, and those were accompanied by a note from my doctor. Once I was late due to a terrible snow storm, and I always try to be 10 minutes early for my shift."
Clinical Research answer example
"I had zero unexcused absences last year. In total, I took 12 vacation days out of my 15 allotted days. I was sick just 2, and a note from my Doctor accompanied those. Once I was late due to a terrible snow storm, and I always try to be 10 minutes early for my shift."
Dental Laboratory Technician answer example
"I had zero unexcused absences last year. In total, I took 12 vacation days out of my 15 allotted days. I was sick just 2, and a note from my doctor accompanied those. Once I was late due to a terrible snow storm, and I always try to be 10 minutes early for my shift."
Manager answer example
"I come from the old school way of thinking where if you aren't in the hospital, you show up to work. I can honestly say that the last sick day I took was about six years ago. I expect dedication from my employees which I first need to demonstrate."
Marketing answer example
"This past year I missed three consecutive days due to illness. I am very dedicated to my projects, and my employer. I had strep throat and still worked from home!"
Respiratory Therapists answer example
"I stay calm and composed when issues arise. I slept through my alarm one time and knew I would be late for work. I called my boss immediately and then got ready as quickly as I could! I understand that my tardiness could affect both my coworkers and my patients." Proper planning will get you far, but sometimes life happens and you'll need a plan B. Think about some of the variables in your life that could affect your attendance at work. Sick children, traffic, car breakdowns... the list goes on. Most likely one of these issues has affected you before. How did you handle it? It may not be possible for everything to work out so smoothly, getting your shift covered or still making it to work on time. Your interviewer is looking to see that you are proactive and that you can handle the stress of unexpected situations that can arise."
Retail answer example
"I think I missed ten days, counting vacation time. Of those, five were for my vacation. For three days, I was excused under a doctor's note. The other two absences were pre-approved family days."
Sales answer example
"My current employer allows us to work from home if we aren't feeling well. I take my laptop with me nearly every day anyway so if there is a day that I am under the weather, and potentially contagious, I will just work from home. This past year that has happened only twice."
Taxi Drivers answer example
"In my over 5 years of being a cab driver, I can say that I've rarely missed work. Of course, there were times that I had to call in sick and once, I had to cut my day short to attend to a family emergency. I respect my boss and value our relationship which is why I always make sure to give him a heads-up if I could not come in."
Waiter and Waitress answer example
"The interviewer wants to know that you are a reliable person. Tell the interviewer that you are reliable and do not call off from work unless you would have an emergency or are very ill. Next, share with the interviewer how few times you have called off from work in the past year. If you were sick with the flu and had to call off work 2 days in a row, that's to be expected! Simply tell the interviewer that you had the flu and had to call off 2 days in the past year. We are all human and get sick from time-to-time. Missing work for those 2 days will not be a deal breaker."

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How many days were you absent from work last year?
1.
Changing Engine on a Audi A6
2.
Converting a 99 Honda Civic from automatic transmission to manual transmission. Gearbox and engine wiring loom had to be changed, also hole in floor had to be modified to accept manual gear lever and surround changed to suit.
3.
When I was a mechanic in the refinery plant I repared the piston pums there. The toughest job was removing piston and piston rod from the liner.
4.
Replaced a transmission.
5.
I do not have the toughest job .
6.
Working under ground.
7.
Replacing the spark plugs in a Car.
8.
Replacing an engine wrist pin.
9.
The toughest job for me was replacing gas valves inside a helicopter whilst on work experience as the aircraft was so compact and hard to move around.
10.
Dealing with my first warranties as a manager.
11.
Replacing a deck lock on a car transporter.
12.
It is a Ford Expidition... It not starting.. So fual pump not working.. So very hard to find that wiring..
13.
Working in the Copper And Gold mines in Arizona being exposed to highly dangerous cituations and the climate changes also .
14.
The toughest job I've done in the past would have to be working the midnight shift at ups as the irregular package loader.
15.
Changing out all the ABS wires in a Toyota Prius.
16.
When I was watching the mechanic change a transmission, it looked like a really tough job.
17.
Fixing the hydraulic system on a 1965 Mercedes 600 Grosser.
18.
Rebuilding a Honda manual transaxle, It was more tedious than difficult.
19.
Alternator on a Chevy captiva.
20.
I was a Service Manager for 2 years.
21.
Having to take the lead of a team without me having any experience.
22.
I haven't had a tough job yet.
23.
What comes to mind first is a 2015 escape with a harsh engagement transmission Issue. It was the first one we had worked on in the entire shop. The workshop manual had not been revised well and there was not very much room to get the transmission out. A coolant line was damaged while removing the transmission, and after tearing down the tranny to order parts we discovered most of the parts were on back order. With it being a warranty job we had to wait for Ford parts before I could rebuild it.
24.
Working out on the roadside, doing electrics.
25.
Overcoming being bullied.
26.
Changing a heater matrix in our old car.
27.
Removing engine by hand alone.
28.
Getting into this bird in baabar couple of weeks ago, took me 4 hours.
29.
American Eagle Distribution.
30.
Restoring a 1989 GMC surburban. Nothing was right with the electrical. And we had to make it carberated instead of fuel injected.
31.
Server Assistant and Cashier.
32.
Working for Wendy's Restaraunt because it wasn't a friendly work environment.
33.
To be honest nothing, really. Because I put my 100% in my job and sometimes enjoy what I love to do which is being a mechanic.
34.
Cat engine swap in a fright liner buesness class.
35.
Heater core in a dodge intrepid.
36.
Because I am a team player, dependable, I love a challenge and a fast learner.
37.
I believe I got what you are looking for and you will not be disappointed. I am a self started, do not need supervision and highly motivated by my work.
38.
I chose my profession because I want to promote peoples confidence by improving their oral aesthetics.
39.
Do not recall.
40.
I am never late. I rarely miss work that is not scheduled.
41.
Never late for work and only miss days when I am bed ridden with illness.
42.
I am hardly ever late to work and I rarely miss work. Usually I go to my doctor appointments during my lunch hour.
43.
Rarely late, 3 times and missed work about 5 days in the year.
44.
None even when I had to get stiches in my finger I still returned to work that day.
45.
I am never late and missed work once because of the heavy snow and weather conditions.
46.
Once do to traffic on highway. I have only missed work once do to illness.
47.
Never I always left early enough to arrive 30 - 15 minute before my schedule start time and never missed a day of work.
48.
Never late and maybe 4 days out of the year.
49.
Rarely, if ever. In my first year I only worked half of December because I had so much time accrued that I had to use.
50.
1 -2 times being late due to traffic. 1-2 days off due to sickness a year.
51.
I have never been late working at Gamestar and the only time I missed work was when I got sick with the flu when I ended up having to come in anyways because thw whole team was sick.
52.
Late a few times in 20 years and never missed work except once when I had the flu. Taking the day off is not an option.
53.
I was never late always there ahead. Never missed work. Was only seasonal.
54.
Zero tardiness and maybe one week in the 6 years at my current job.
55.
Well since I've never had a work experience, I can't think of a time where I was late for a soccer or basketball game. It's important to show up on time especially when your teammates are counting on you and I'm sure it goes the same way for work. You're on a team and when someone expects you to be there, it's your job to be there.
56.
3 to 4 in a year, 3 to 4 aside of vacation.
57.
I do not recall ever being late and I rarely get sick so missing work would be even more rare.
58.
Maybe once or twice, but I did not miss a day.
59.
Not sure. Only when I was sick which is very rare.
60.
I have never missed work, however when I used to take the bus to work, I was late on occasion.
61.
I was late around once and I called off around twice.
62.
I Was a 100% percent on time. I Tend to show up early.
63.
I don't think I was ever late and I don't think I ever missed work. I rarely get sick.
64.
I was late once. I never missed a day unless I asked off.
65.
Ive never missed a shift because as an employee I find it to be one the most important attributes to be on time.
66.
Never unless I am too sick to work or there is an emergency.
67.
Very rarely. If I do, there is certainly a valid reason, and I will ensure that supervisors are given enough notice, or I will work to find someone to replace me.
68.
I rarely ever take time off. My jobs have always been rather important to me, and if possible, I avoid taking time off.
69.
I never miss any shifts because every scheduled has given to me I will do it because it's my job to work hard.
70.
If you see the guest how to greet them.
71.
Never. I have never missed any.
72.
So far, I never missed a shift.
73.
I dont miss shifts.
74.
Rarely!hardly never.
75.
Start by start.
76.
Just only twice a month I think .. When im waking up late sometimes.
77.
I cant really come up with an answer, because I normally dont miss shifts, i'm always the one picking up shifts, but I guess if I was really really sick I would find coverage or if I forgot to request a day out, I find coverage at least a day in advance.
78.
I never missed it 'caused it is part of my duties and responsibilities.
79.
I never been miss my shift.
80.
I never miss my shifts!I actually come at work with at least 30 minutes before my shift starts!The worse thing can happen to me is to be late at work!
81.
Never, I absolutely love to work. The only time I would probably miss a shift is if I was 100% genuinely sick. I would work 25-8 if I could :D
82.
I don't mis shifts.
83.
May be if the customer is bad mood or bad situations.
84.
I have never missed shifts.
85.
I have always been on time, no accidents or serious illness, I definitely will not miss shifts.
86.
I have never missed a shift.
87.
I rarely miss a shift, if I am very ill I would call in to notify management.
88.
Ive never missed a shift.
89.
In my last job I rarely took off, if I had to take off I would ask some to cover my shift, if nobody could work for me, I would simply work but I would never just miss a shift.
90.
I do my absolute best to make every shift I am assigned. I will never no call no show, but I might miss about two shifts every 8 weeks.
91.
Not often. I have to give notice beforehand.
92.
I never miss work unless I am really ill.
93.
I hardly ever miss shifts, only if I am severely ill or I have taken a holiday slot.
94.
I am a hardworking person who always go for excellence in everything I do and so I never miss shifts because I care more about work.
95.
Never and hope not in the future.
96.
Time is gold so I never waste one.
97.
Never. Not once. Not. Ever.
98.
I never miss any shifts as I am always early.
99.
I dont miss shift even I am sick if my body can serve people I will . I only missed shift if my body cannot do what the task given.
100.
Only on holidays, and some inbetween when I get the cold. Not often.
101.
I am very punctual. I do not like to miss many shifts because if I dont show up for the shift. The rest of the team suffers. Also if I do have to miss a scheduled shift, I would try to switch shifts around with one of my co-workers.

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