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Acceptable calendar blocks to put while interviewing, suggestions?

I've been on the interview train for about 1.5 months now and I'm almost out of ideas for things to put on my calendar to block for other calls during work hours.


I've burned through the classics:

  • Dr. Appt
  • Vet
  • Dentist
  • Taking car to the shop
  • Attending a virtual conference


Any others that the WR has up their sleeve??

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braintank
Politicker
+7
Enterprise Account Executive
Literally anything -- I just put "busy". Don't overthink it, it's doubtful people are inspecting your calendar.
Tres
Politicker
+6
Account Executive
Agreed. If you're able to mark it as private that should work too - I see people with things blocked off as private all the time and it doesn't raise any suspicions. 
funcoupons
WR Officer
+12
that's queen coups to u
Ask the recruiter to arrange the interview over your lunch time, they should be able to accommodate. "Lunch" on your calendar won't raise suspicions at all, just put it there every day. If anyone asked why you block it off at the same time every day say you do a workout class at that time.

Alternatively you could put “bury hooker” or “recover from meth binge” to make ppl too creeped out to ask questions. 
braintank
Politicker
+7
Enterprise Account Executive
CoorsKing
WR Officer
+13
King of the Coors Knights
I just put “block” or “prospecting” and/or just make it a blank+private block
jefe
Politicker
+8
Sales Director
This is what I was looking for.

So simple
What
Opinionated
+3
Enterprise
“[Target Account] Prospecting Block - DO NOT BOOK!” both frees up the time AND makes you look good!
poweredbycaffeine
WR Lieutenant
+10
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
"Demo review" is a good one -- shows you're taking time to review your calls and see where you can improve...and your boss will think you're still a super star.
SaaSam
Politicker
+8
Account Executive
Marking "busy" is the best suggestion. But putting smart ass stuff is fun. You can also put "interview for new job" and respond in a super sarcastic tone whenever someone asks about it. I pull that kind of shit all the time.
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sickofthetoxic
Politicker
+7
down voters are marketing spies
Really loving the "Focus Time" tag.
Jewcan_Sam81
Politicker
+8
Account Executive
If you ever see on my calendar "Quick Chat with Jonathan" and you're in my confidence, there is no Jonathan, and we have nothing to talk about for an hour
Stardust
WR Officer
+9
President
Great advice.  Yeah, won't raise any interest.
Ch
ChunkyButters
Politicker
+9
AE
Whenever I have personal shit I need to take care of during the work day I just put "Personal block" or "TIME BLOCKED"
Sunbunny31
Politicker
+5
Sales Executive
Demo prep, CRM clean up, prospecting time all work if you don't want to get too creative, which I'd honestly be tempted to do and see who's paying attention.
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+13
Senior Account Executive
How about private or meeting? 
MinisterOfChaos
Politicker
+8
Commercial Account Executive
"Me time" and I make that shit private
Diablo
Politicker
+7
AE
I use "Busy" or "Self Development" 
em
emooney
Opinionated
+2
RSM
Prospecting block for me!
SalesSage
Valued Contributor
+8
National Account Manager
If leadership is spending enough time in your calendar to try to decipher your code leaving is the correct approach and who cares what they think.
GrizzleMcThornBody
Arsonist
+12
EVP - RevOps
busy
Justatitle
Politicker
+11
Mid Market AE
Lunch every day or kids are always a great excuse
saaskicker
Politicker
+13
AE
One more reason to have kids... 
JDialz
Politicker
+5
COO
"Exploratory"
Filth
Opinionated
+4
Live Filthy or Die Clean
"Things & Stuff" is my go to. I like to keep it specific so the manny knows how hard you're working 🤣
Av
AverageJoe
Good Citizen
Account Executive
I make it look like any other meeting or deals I’m working on. “Follow up with ACME” or “AMCE prep” I don’t let people book on my calendar without asking so people respect the space.
harebrained
Valued Contributor
+5
Enterprise Account Executive
'Update Salesforce' 😘
saaskicker
Politicker
+13
AE
Just used this one "Update Pipeline" 
CastleIsland
Politicker
+9
Associate Account Director
Just put "prospecting" or "researching new accounts" or "focus time". These are repeatable and indicate that you are blocking time to focus on the critical tasks of your job.
Fi
FinanceEngineer
Opinionated
+3
Channel Sales Director
I add the initials and either "Call" or "Meeting." So if a call was with Jon Doe, then "Call - JD" and you can go from there.
saaskicker
Politicker
+13
AE
like this approach 
No
Nolongerfucked
Valued Contributor
+3
Account Executive
The key is to delete them a day after. So it looks more clean. Replace it with “call block” and shit like that 
saaskicker
Politicker
+13
AE
I 100% go back and change the names around of some of them. 
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smilendial
Sr. Account Executive
‘Personal appointment’ can’t go wrong. Doubtful people are actually looking at everything you’re doing though. 
Co
Coldcallselling
Business Dev Leadership
Mentor meetings happen regularly

Webinar (put harder to coordinate)

Searching for a new appt so have virtual calls with agent (or buying a new home is a new builder call)

Networking event like Therefore (also good to find new jobs)

Good luck with the hunt
saaskicker
Politicker
+13
AE
Webinar. Good looks.
IanJ
Good Citizen
Enterprise Business Development
I put "Unavailable" no matter what if it's any kind of personal appointment. 
None of your damn business unless I want to tell you. 
TheKing
Old School Bravo
+1
CEO
travel; research; firing off a letter to Congress
saaskicker
Politicker
+13
AE
call blocking to call my local representatives. love this. 
TheKing
Old School Bravo
+1
CEO
Thanks...figuring you know that "firing off a letter to Congress" is a euphemism.  That's why we flush twice...because Washington is so far away.
bareknuckles
Valued Contributor
+4
CEO of my kitchen table
Set invite to private and no one will bother you.
bendandsnack
Arsonist
+7
Inside Sales Rep
Lol I've put fake "busy" blocks on my calendar to fuck with my boss before.

But don't overthink it, people are too self-absorbed to remember your calendar. 

In the holiday spirit, try:

"wallow in self-pity" 
"stare into the abyss" 
"solve world hunger - tell NO ONE"
"jazzercize"
"dinner with me (I can't cancel that again)"
"wrestle with my self-loathing" 
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UPDATE: Manager resigned. CMO just put time on my calendar. Wish me luck!
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