You've resigned and have been asked to participate in an exit interview – and are questioning why you need to do this. As nerve-wracking as it may seem, the interview is nothing to worry about. The hardest part of resigning – discussing your resignation with your boss - has been done already.
Jacquelyn Smith, a writer for Business Insider, admits that an exit interview can be a double-edged sword. "Some professionals say the exit interview is the ideal opportunity to be completely honest about your experience with your employer and offer critical and constructive feedback, while others argue that it's awkward and not worth the risk of burning bridges, as you will be offering criticism that won't inspire any significant change," she says.
An exit interview should be seen as a two-way conversation. It's the perfect platform for both parties to discuss their feelings about their overall experience, whether positive or negative.
The exit interview is the last impression you will leave with your employer and it's as important as your first impression. Your reputation is on the line.
As employers use this final interview to gain open feedback that will help the company to attract and retain talent, it's important to be both professional and diplomatic – and to offer and receive constructive criticism. One way of doing this is to list all of the positive things you learnt from the job and your reasons for leaving in a calm manner.
It's best to leave on good terms. You've invested a lot in your career and don't want to damage this by being unprofessional in this final meeting.
"Don't burn bridges. You'll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river." – Unknown.
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