How to handle your exit interview
So, you’ve handed in your resignation and are finally going to get the chance to tell your soon-to-be ex-boss exactly what you think about him/her. Resist the urge. Not every organisation conduct exits interviews, so when they do it’s probably because they care about why you’re leaving and are hoping to gain insights from your departure.
While it’s easy to turn an exit interview into a bitter rant, it is better to deliver the message with some degree of sensitivity and positivity.
Here are some tips to surviving an exit interview:
Ask for anonymity
Ask for anonymity and make sure that you have it in writing. You’re more likely to feel to be open and honest if your employer can guarantee confidentiality. After all, no one wants to upset their boss or colleagues with criticism and complaints.
If a bad boss or toxic work environment is the reason you’re leaving, then say so – but don’t expose other colleagues that may or may not support your view.
It’s important for you to examine your own intentions. Are you trying to help the company or do you want to get back at someone? Our advice: Stick to your own views.
Don’t burn bridges
In today’s highly connected world, it would be foolish to walk off in a huff. If you’ve had a less than pleasant experience – convey it tactfully, but don’t point fingers or come off sounding like a victim. It’s a small world and you may end up needing a reference or working with one of your colleagues again.
Offer constructive solutions
If you feel strongly on a matter, try not to get emotional about it – instead make recommendations and talk more generally. For example, replace “I hate my micro-managing boss” to “The team’s productivity would greatly improve without so many meetings with management”.
Be happy and stay positive
The battle is over. You’ve made the decision to leave, so finish your notice period with a smile on your face and move on.