Employees: How to Have a Successful Exit Interview

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Over the past few days, we’ve gone over the much debated exit interview, focusing on employer’s side of things and helping folks decide whether or not the exit interview is the right tool for them.

Since the employee’s perspective is just as important in the exit interview as the employer’s–they are, after all, the ones being interviewed–we thought it would only make sense to talk about how you can successfully “exit” your job as you move on to the next step in your career.

Take a look below:

  • Be honest, but not brutal. Honesty is essential when it comes to having a successful exit interview. However, try to keep your level of honesty in check. There may be plenty of things you’d like to say about a colleague or supervisor, but it is better to stick to the facts and leave the colorful complaints out if you want your criticism to be taken seriously.
  • Keep it professional. You may be leaving your job, but that doesn’t mean your former employer will go away for good. Avoid going too over the top with negative criticism. There is no need to beat down on your former employer and let them know everything you hate about them, especially if you still want a recommendation from them. Keep things professional unless you want to kiss that recommendation goodbye.
  • Explain the good and the bad. When it comes to being criticized, employers are no different from you. Try to mix things up when giving them feedback. Mixing in the good and bad can help to soften the blow of your criticisms, as well as prevent your employer from thinking you are just jaded and bitter about them. In turn, they will be more likely to accept what you’re saying rather than shrugging it off as pointless banter.

Exit interviews may not be the highlight of your career, but going into one with a positive outlook and a sense of professionalism is a great way to tie up any loose ends and ensure that you are ready to move on to the next step in your career

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