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How many days were you absent from work last year?

19 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
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."

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."

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!"

Retail
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"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 work from home. This past year that has happened only twice."

Teacher
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"Missing a day of work is a challenge for me since I am responsible for locating my substitute teacher and I have to pay them from my budget. For this reason, and the fact that I am a dedicated and truthful person, I will only call in sick in dire situations. Through my six-year career as a teacher, I have called in sick just a handful of times. Thank goodness for ColdFX and immunity boosting vitamins!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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Written by:

Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 01/09/2017
Last modified on: 01/03/2019

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