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How do you handle sick days?

1 of 17 Direct Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on March 23rd, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know how you handle things when you need to call in sick. Do you email, text, or completely ghost on your employer? Be brief in your answer and reassure the interviewer that you are not the type to call in sick frequently. You can also ask them what their preferred method of communication is, should you fall ill.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I have called in sick just a couple of days in the last year or so. My current employer prefers that I remain out of the office if contagious! Could you share with me your sick policy and preferences?"

Admin
Answer example

"Although I do not call in sick often, my current company does have a specific email related to sick days. We send a note explaining how many days we expect to be absent. This implementation was my idea because we have such a high volume of employees. Do you have a process in place for sick days and day-off requests?"

Manager
Answer example

"What are sick days?! All kidding aside, if I am going to be out for a day, I will call my supervisor directly to ensure the situation is straightened out. He takes on my workload when I am away so I will debrief him on any urgent matters."

Marketing
Answer example

"I perform much of my job on the laptop, so if I am under the weather, I will work from home to avoid getting anyone sick. It's a policy in my current office. Do you have a preference in these circumstances?"

Retail
Answer example

"We run a pretty tight ship in my current job when it comes to scheduling. I know that a sick day can throw a lot of things off balance, for much of my team. I do not like calling in sick. Even if under the weather I will still go in and make it through as much of the day as possible. What is your sick day policy?"

Sales
Answer example

"My company does not offer sick days; rather, we have PTO's which are Personal Time Off. If we need a PTO, we text or email the boss. The expectation is that we do not leave any clients or deals hanging, of course, but we have the benefit of the doubt when it comes to making responsible decisions. Do you offer PTO's or specific sick days?"

Teacher
Answer example

"According to our union, if we are sick, we need to make arrangements for our substitute. I like this policy because it keeps everyone honest when it comes to truly being out for a good reason. Do you have a similar policy here?"

Electrician Apprentice
Answer example

"I have called in sick just a couple of days in the last year or so. My current employer prefers that I remain out of the office if contagious! Could you share with me your sick policy and preferences?"

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
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.
First written on: 02/09/2011
Last modified on: 03/23/2019

View user-submitted Answers

How do you handle sick days?
1.
Technology has improved a lot. Like internet, mobile makes you feel your are always in home. Its not a problem to overcome.
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When im at work I clean to make people feel like their at home and feel more comfortable in the work setting.
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