I started working at my first full-time job after graduating college a year and a half ago. Due to various factors, I've decided that it's time for me to look for other employment opportunities.
I've been having some trouble figuring out how to schedule phone calls etc with potential employers while still working at my present job. I'm assuming that employers will be looking to conduct phone calls/interviews during normal business hours, while I'm also at work.
I work in a fairly small and open office, so it would be challenging to take private calls in the office, but I do work from home one day every week or two.
So far, I've managed to communicate mostly over email (which can be done in the evenings), or by arranging short phone calls on days when I work from home and starting earlier or working later to make up the time.
I don't want my performance at my current job to be affected by my job search, and I also don't want to take a half day from work every time I need to make a phone call.
Are my assumptions about potential employers' expectations regarding timing inaccurate? How can I effectively respond to requests for phone calls/interviews in a timely manner without requesting many half days off? Do I need to bite the bullet and pick a day or two to take off a few weeks in the future and try to batch all of my calls on those days?