A man is leaving an office, walking out of blue door. The picture illustrates his exit from the companyGetting a job, leaving a job … interviews seems to never stop pursuing us. Exit interview is often a last talk you will have with your employer, before heading for your new career challenge.

Why do employers conduct this interview? The reason is simple. Once leaving the company (perhaps forever, perhaps not), you can speak openly about anything that has happened to you in the office.

Giving feedback on the working environment, on your bosses, colleagues, and clients, on the working process and the team building activities, as well as benefits and rewards you got as an employee with them, you help your employer to understand how to make the company a better place for the employees, and how to ensure they won’t lose quality employees, like you, more often than necessary.

Let’s have a look at the questions you can expect to hear (if you are an employer, feel free to use the list in your interviews with employees who decide to leave the company).

 

Questions for an exit interview

  • Can you name a primary reason why you decided to leave the company?
  • Can you name specific working duties that you did not like in your job?
  • Do you think that our company is a place where one can grow professionally?
  • Looking back, what was most motivating for you in this company?
  • Did you have the feeling that there was appropriate training and guidelines so you can perform your job on highest possible level?
  • What would you improve in our company, related to your position?
  • Were you satisfied with your salary? If not, what salary would you consider appropriate?
  • What do you think about our system of benefits and rewards?
  • Would you recommend our company to your friends, if they were looking for a job?
  • Is there any chance you will stay in this company, if we change something?
  • Speaking about company culture, what do you like the most?
  • Do you think that the team building activities in our company were organized in an appropriate manner?
  • How would you describe the relationships with your closest colleagues?
  • What do you think about the management of the company and their work?
  • If you can recommend someone as a replacement for you, who would it be? (Please include name and phone number.)
  • Who do you personally consider the most valuable worker from your department?
  • Would you consider working for us in the future, on some different position?
  • If you shall pick just one employee from this company, for either a good or a bad reason, who will you pick?
  • Any other suggestion or comments?

 

Conclusion

Two men, one in his late twenties and another one in his late thirties, talk together in an exit interview. The interviewer makes notes. Exit interview is not just a formality. It helps the employer to understand the employees, and why they decide to leave the company.

If you are an employer, you should do this interview with every person that decides to leave you. And if you are an employee, please approach the last interview responsibly, and professionally. You may have a good reason to leave, and perhaps also a good reason to be angry with someone in the company. But you never know what tomorrow will bring. Try to build bridges, not fences…

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