You’ve just finished packing up your desk, saying your goodbyes to coworkers and friends, and enjoying a slice of “goodbye” cake; now comes the painful part of submitting your resignation. You’re off to a great start in your new career, right?
The exit interview is something you left out. This may seem like a little step in your transition away from your current job, but the impression you provide during this time might have far-reaching consequences for your career. Read on for a list of, and strategies for responding to, typical exit interview questions asked at exit interviews.
Behave like an actual diplomat! Think about the words you use when responding.
In the interest of helping you get ready for your forthcoming exit interview, I have developed a list of frequently requested exit interview questions that you will likely be asked in one form or another.
Please explain why you’ve decided to leave the company.
A seemingly innocent inquiry that could potentially be fraught with danger. Your diplomatic skills will be put to good use in replying to this question. Being honest isn’t always the best policy.
You may find it helpful to focus on the positives of your new job rather than the drawbacks, even if you hate your boss or suspect your coworkers. Don’t share your personal feelings publicly; instead, focus on the practical considerations of your departure.
How satisfied were you overall with the company, your supervisor, the culture, the chances for advancement in your career, etc.?
Start with what you like best about your current organisation. The best way to decrease the effect of negative feedback you may receive in the future is to start with the positive comments you have received.
Even though you had a hard time getting along with your old boss, maybe you were inspired by his commitment to the company and your work, or maybe the early Friday dismissal was the best part of the programme.
Why did you decide to leave your prior employer and join the new company instead?
You need to be careful not to go overboard. If you want to leave on a positive note, you should downplay this exit interview question. You should want to depart on a positive note. In my opinion, financial considerations should not be your top priority. In either case! You might be misleading people about your motivations.
You can leave a lasting impression on your coworkers by spending a little time in advance preparing answers to any variations on these questions that may be asked during your final meeting. It’s important to be on good terms with your boss since you never know if you’ll need a reference from them or if you might want to return to work for the company in the future.