Exit Interview Tips

If you are quitting your job, you will likely be asked to conduct an exit interview. This can be a nerve racking process. Be mindful of the words that you use and your tone during an exit interview.  If you say the wrong thing you could damage your chances of getting a glowing reference from your employer.  It doesn’t matter if you are leaving on good terms or bad,  if you focus on the following critical pieces of information, you can walk out the door in a better position.

Exit Interview Tip #1: Remember the Purpose

It is important to remember that an exit interview isn’t really about you at all. Your employer feels that it is worth the exit interview so that they can refine and retain future employees that are in your position. Your employer is truly looking for valuable and constructive feedback about your time in the position. However, be cautious. Even though you no longer have an obligation to the company, you should remain professional and courteous. If you don’t feel comfortable discussing a certain topic, it is better to avoid it.

Exit Interview Tip #2: Prepare for the Interview

Employees generally have an idea about some of the questions that they will be asked in an exit interview, but it can often be difficult to identify these on the spot. Journaling about the topic and your position can be a great way to focus your thoughts and make sure that you can easily recall critical information on the spot. This will also help you identify some of the strengths and weaknesses of your position and the organization.

Exit Interview Tip #3: Be Specific About the Good

People or certain frameworks that worked well for you during the position are critical to the success of the next employee. Making sure to be detailed about what worked can really help to clarify a message about what works. This also will increase the likelihood that those measures or individuals will be maintained in the future.

Exit Interview Tip #4: Be General About the Bad

At this point, it really doesn’t help to get into the weeds about the things that didn’t work. While it is important to openly discuss those issues, keep it vaguer and about the overall issues that you had.

Following these exit interview strategies can increase your previous employer’s view of you. This last impression can be the first thing that comes up when you are looking for a job reference in the future.

For more tips about Quitting Your Job on a positive note, check out Quitting Your Job and How to Tell Your Boss