So, I've been applying for a ton of jobs the last month (like, 20 so far). I have a full time job with good benefits and such but the pay is pretty "meh" given the cost of living in my area. I was offered an interview for a place where rent is only 200-300 more a month but my monthly take home (pre taxes) goes up 700. It's a good opportunity for me, puts me closer to a larger "market" so to speak (I work for the Court system) and such. Only issue, I got an Email this afternoon at 4:18 for an interview on Wednesday at 2:00. I currently work in a 3 person department and one person is out all week on vacation so there's no way my boss would let me take the time off for a job interview. And she's a pretty awesome boss that would allow me time off to pursue better opportunities for myself. So, my question is this, am I going against etiquette or, well, the grain in responding to the Email letting them know how short handed my current job is and that I couldn't do an in-person interview on Wednesday but I could do something next week or see if they'd be willing to do something over the phone or like on FaceTime? I feel like that isn't too much to ask but I also worry that by asking that I've shot myself in the foot before the "race" has even begun so to speak. Thoughts?