Out of all of my past jobs, there has been only one that I can remember that I couldn’t wait to leave the company and move on to other opportunities, though every job I’ve held ended with an exit interview. Even though you might be anxious to get out of that job and into one…more fitting than your current one, make sure you leave with a smile. One more interview doesn’t hurt…right?
The exit interview is becoming less popular in the workforce, but is still a relevant part of process. Knowing about and understanding the exit interview is great for learning how to improve for the next position.
Often the exit interview is a meeting between the employee parting from the company and either the current supervisor, the HR Manager, or another selected employee of the company. Just as any other interview, this is a way for both the employer and departing employee to learn from the time spent with the company.
Not Done Yet…
Just like writing a resume, your professionalism has room for editing and revision. Often, an outside party is the best way to see the needed revisions or suggested edits. The employer has a chance to offer information to the departing employee about what they excelled at, how they could improve, and how they could change their approach to different situations. The employee can choose to take the offered information and apply it to their new job. It’s a great learning experience and is always a good idea to receive the information gracefully and see where you can make and apply those changes to your new job to improve your overall performance.
…And Before You Go
At the same time, the employer might ask about your experience at the company. Be honest and professional in your answers, as the company can then use this information to consider their own hiring and screening processes as well as their day-to-day operations.
Don’t Close the Door on Your Way Out
My advice would always be to depart from a company amicably, as this world can be very small when it comes to social circles. Leave a professional and pleasant impression with every past employer and start building strong references for future positions.