You have gotten through the final step. You’ve set a start day for your new gig and officially put in your two-weeks notice. All you have to do is make it through your final few work days, make your rounds to make sure you say goodbye to everyone and you will be on your way.
You think the hardest parts of the transition are over, but then you are asked by HR when you can do your exit interview.
You quickly realize there is one final hurdle.
While the stakes of an exit interview aren’t nearly as high as a job interview, it can still be nerve racking. Having to tell your boss you are leaving was awkward and stressful enough. Having to meet with HR and maybe your boss and explain exactly why you’re moving on? Simply put, it is a less than ideal situation.
However, it’s important to realize that everything will be ok. This does not have to be a negative experience. It can actually be beneficial to both you and you’re employer.
Just like any other interview, it’s important to put in some preparation beforehand.
With that being said, here are a few questions you may hear during the interview
Why Are You Leaving This Position?
You were probably already expecting this question, but it is important to know why they are asking.
You will be asked it for a few reasons. One is that your employer will want to know if there was something in particular that led to your leaving. They will also want to know if there is something about the position that they need to improve on for the future.
Did You Have Enough Tools and Resources to Do the Job?
Organizations will also want to know if employees felt qualified for their position. This question helps them gauge that.
You may feel awkward in telling them ways you think you could have been better prepared. Perhaps you thought you could have been trained better or used some help on larger projects. However, it is important to realize your honesty here is helping them improve for the future.
What Was the Biggest Reason You Decided to Take the New Job
You do not need to tell them every detail of the new position, but you should be ready to answer questions like these.
Organizations like to stay competitive with similar companies in their industry, so naturally they’ll want to know how they stack up. Perhaps the pay and benefits are better and they need to address this for future employees.
Maybe the culture at the new company is more inviting and more your style. Whatever the reason is, it will help your now former employer understand where they stand against the competition.
What Was Your Favorite Part of the Job?
While you will have chances to air out the negatives, you will also have the opportunity to speak about the positives you enjoyed on the job.
Usually in an exit interview, you will be asked what parts of the job you liked most. Perhaps it was working with team members, having a large, noticeable impact on the company, or particular tasks you carried out weekly or daily.
Whatever it was, this information helps your manager add to these positive aspects and list them in the job description when looking for their next candidate.
An exit interview may seem daunting on the surface, but if you prepare for these questions you have nothing to stress over. Realize you are just doing your part to help the organization grow and become a better employer.