Sample Exit Interview Questions

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When you leave your job, the company may conduct an exit interview. An exit interview is a meeting between an employee who has resigned or been terminated and the company's Human Resources department.

The reason companies conduct exit interviews is to get feedback about the job the employee held, the work environment and the organization. Exit interviews are a good way for a company to better retain its employees and reduce turnover, thus keeping hiring costs and the resources needed low.

 

Companies use many different methods and analytical tools in order to assess the information and feedback received from an exit interview. Some employers use surveys and Likert scales while others will engage in a dialog in person or over the phone in order to determine what office practices were more effective than others. Many organizations even permit exiting employees to submit their feedback online. 

The Purpose of Exit Interviews

Companies conduct exit interviews in order to get feedback about the job the employee held, the work environment, and the organization, and why the employee is leaving, if the employee resigned.

There are no right or wrong answers to exit interview questions. This is your opportunity to give feedback on your job, on the company, and on the supervision you received. However, it's important to be polite and respectful, even if you aren't leaving your job on the best of terms.

What Companies Ask at Exit Interviews

Typical exit interview questions include why you are leaving, why you decided to accept a new position, your likes/dislikes in the office, whether there is anything you would change about the company if you would recommend the company to others, and what suggestions you might have for improvement.

Here are examples of exit interview questions you may be asked during your exit interview.

Sample Exit Interview Questions

  • Why are you leaving your job?
  • What were the most important factors in your deciding to take a new job? Salary? Benefits? Time off? Something else?
  • Were you satisfied with your salary?
  • How about the company's benefits package?
  • Is there anything the new company offers that this company doesn't provide?
  • What did you like best about your job?
  • What did you like least about your job?
  • Was there anything especially challenging that you had to contend with?
  • What would you change about your job?
  • How did you feel about the supervision you received?
  • Did did you receive enough training to do the job effectively?
  • Did you receive enough support to do your job effectively?
  • How do you feel about the feedback your received from your manager?
  • What did you like best about working for the company?
  • What did you like least about working for the company?
  • Do you have any recommendations for the company for the future?
  • Would you work for the company in the future?
  • Would you recommend this company to prospective employees?
  • Do you have any questions or comments?

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