I use rapid set for various reasons, particularly for your
situation, but unless you're experienced using it, it can
Because it sets quickly, it has the potential of not bonding
well if not used exactly right, while typical thinset is more
forgiving to use.
If I need to set just a few tiles, such as with a repair job,
I'll use Home Depot's rapid set, which has a very short
open time, less than 1/2 hour.
Since a hallway could take a couple or few hours with all
the cuts and door jams, the above brand is not practical.
My favorite brand to use when I need a longer workability
of the thinset is a liquid that Laticrete makes called "Rapid
Set". It resembles 2% milk and is mixed with _plain_
(not polymer based multi purpose) thinset. This makes
a strong multi-purpose mix that will have between 1 and 2
hours of open-time, and can be walked on in about 4 to
6 hours. Every hour after 4 hours makes it harder and
harder, so it would be best if you could come home late
that evening, maybe 8 or 9 pm. Better to give it 7 hours
to set then to take chances with 4 hours.
Try to find a tiler who understands this stuff. There's no
reason you should have to leave the home.