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Exit interview questions you’ll probably have to answer

After submitting your 2-week notice letter, you’re just about ready to make it through the last stretch before you bid your co-workers farewell and hit the road to higher career goals. But then, you get that email from HR, inquiring about a suitable time to schedule your exit interview.


If you thought it was as easy as packing up your desk and sneaking out on your last day at the job, think again! Nerve-wracking as they might be, you’ll probably be expected to explain the nitty-gritty details of exactly why you’re quitting.


But here’s the good news: if approached in the right way, the exit interview can be beneficial for you and your soon-to-be ex-boss. Here’s a look at what they might ask you and how you could reply.


Exit Interview Q&A

1. Why are you leaving this position?

This is the first and foremost thing your employer wants you to answer. He (or she) wants to know what the heck caused you to want to pack up and run for the hills. And there are actually a few different reasons why they might as this. Firstly, they need to determine whether or not it was a single event that precipitated your resignation. Secondly, he’s trying to identify any shortcomings with the position that might need attention before calling in your replacement.


2. Do you think you were equipped to do your job well?

Your boss wants some inside info on how qualified you felt, and this is one of the best ways to determine it. If you’ve got any grievances about a lack of training, useless tech, or a team that doesn’t know the first thing about communication, now is the time to speak up. This might really help your current employer improve in the long run. Be honest but never brutal. Keep things professional and don’t burn bridges you might need to cross again one day.


3. What convinced you to take another offer?

Look: you definitely don’t need to share all the details about the greener pastures you’re moving on to. Your current employer wants to get a feel for how his company matches up to others in his or her industry, and that’s why they might ask this question. If it was the pay that swayed you, say it because it might lead your current employer to reevaluate his salary structure. Perhaps it was something about your new company’s culture that appealed to you.

4. What did you dislike most about your job?

This question is where you get to share the not-so-great aspects of your position. Perhaps coordinating staff meetings was a major pain in your neck, or maybe your boss was a pesky micromanager. This is the one and only time you’ll get to voice your concerns and state your complaints that you normally reserved for mutters under your breath.


The exit interview isn’t something to dread. It’s your opportunity to have a valuable and honest discussion with your current employer about the position that no longer serves you. Now that you’re on your way out, you might as well give your opinion. What’s the worst that can happen? It’s not like they can fire you!