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Sample Exit Interview Questions

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These are sample exit interview questions. Feel free to copy and use any combination of these exit interview questions in your organization.

  • What caused you to start looking for a new job in the first place?

  • Why have you decided to leave the company?

  • Have you shared your concerns with anyone in the company prior to deciding to leave? What was the response?

  • Was a single event responsible for your decision to leave?

  • What does your new company offer that encouraged you to accept their offer and leave this company?

  • What do you value about the company?

  • What did you dislike about the company?

  • The quality of supervision is important to most people at work. How was your relationship with your manager?

  • What could your supervisor do to improve his or her management style and skill?

  • What are your views about management and leadership, in general, in the company?

  • What did you like most about your job?

  • What did you dislike about your job? What would you change about your job?

  • Do you feel you had the resources and support necessary to accomplish your job? If not, what was missing?

  • We try to be an employee-oriented company in which employees experience positive morale and motivation. What is your experience of employee morale and motivation in the company?

  • Were your job responsibilities characterized correctly during the interview process and orientation?

  • Did you have clear goals and know what was expected of you in your job?

  • Did you receive adequate feedback about your performance day-to-day and in the performance development planning process?

  • Did you clearly understand and feel a part of the accomplishment of the company mission and goals?

  • Describe your experience of the company’s commitment to quality and customer service.

  • Did the management of the company care about and help you accomplish your personal and professional development and career goals?

  • What would you recommend to help us create a better workplace?

  • Do the policies and procedures of the company help to create a well-managed, consistent, and fair workplace in which expectations are clearly defined?

  • Describe the qualities and characteristics of the person who is most likely to succeed in this company.

  • What are the key qualities and skills we should seek in your replacement?

  • Do you have any recommendations regarding our compensation, benefits and other reward and recognition efforts?

  • What would make you consider working for this company again in the future? Would you recommend the company as a good place to work to your friends and family?

  • Can you offer any other comments that will enable us to understand why you are leaving, how we can improve, and what we can do to become a better company?

End the exit interview meeting on a positive note. Commit to using the information provided to improve your workplace. Wish your employee success in his or her new endeavor. End the exit interview graciously.

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