7 Common Questions HR Managers Ask During Exit Interviews

It takes a lot of courage to resign from a certain position and discuss your exit with your supervisor or the HR. Don’t get stressed thinking about your last days in the company. This is not an anxiety-inducing experience; in fact this time will be productive for both you and your employer if taken the right route. It is always a good idea to leave the organization on a positive note and your exit interview can play a huge part in doing so.

Generally, an exit interview is a part of the exit process in which a dialogue between the employee who has put down his papers and the Human Resources Manager is held. The idea behind this conversation is to receive a constructive feedback from the employee, regarding the work environment, reasons for resignation or any other aspects of the company.

You cannot decide what should be the right or the wrong way to have a conversation during the exit interview. If you want to leave the company on a positive note and have a cordial relationship with your supervisor and colleagues, it is always better to focus more on the positives. Here are some of the exit interview questions and their answers which won’t burn the bridges between your existing employers and you.

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Common Exit Interview Questions You’ll Be Asked


1. Why are you leaving the company? 

You saw that coming, right… This is the most common question asked of those who have resigned. Take this as an opportunity to tell the employers the things you learned at the company and also what were your expectations from the job and your compensation structure. Tell them how you want to add to your skills and salary, and take the next move.


2. Under what circumstances, would you consider returning to the company?

Every company strives to put the right people in the right jobs. It is not unusual for the professionals to return to a position with their former employer. If you are asked any such question, you can tell them if the opportunity is great and if it pays well, then you can surely think of coming back. Never say anything that may close a potential door for you.


3. What do you value about the company?

Let’s face it, we all thrive for good wages, job security and promotion opportunities. However you need to cite these reasons in a professional way, you can say –

‘I loved working here and the company has offered me the best opportunities to grow as a professional. I am in awe of this living and breathing organization that relentlessly works towards making their customers’ as well as the employee’s lives better.’


4. Do you have any advice for us on how we can improve our management?

You don’t want to teach how a corporate workplace is managed, isn’t it? But it’s always a good idea to share some insights and make it a two-way conversation.

Try these –

‘I had a good manager who worked towards this goal; I hope every manager works this way.’

‘Well, it will be interesting to see how the works are being streamlined and how the resources are utilized in the most efficient ways.’

‘You can take out some time to build relationships with both employees and clients.’


5. What did you like the most about your job?

Highlight the positives. You can here say that – ‘My manager provided me the opportunity to work directly with clients and come up with solutions to save time. I also liked working with teams across the company and learn new things every day.’


6. Did you like working with your immediate manager?

Never badmouth anyone. Even if you did not have a good experience with your manager or someone in the team, focus on the positives. Say – ‘Yes, it was a very good experience working with <Manager’s name>. She/he is a great team leader and supported in my growth in all aspects. She/he offered me all the opportunities to prove myself and work independently.’


7. Can we retain you?

Well, you need to be honest if this question comes up. You can say – ‘I think, no! The reasons why I am changing my job is that I like to challenge myself professionally and learn something new. It was great working with such great business leaders here.’

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Your HR manager would appreciate recommendations instead of rants. Never badmouth the company or your manager. An exit interview should be a beneficial activity for both the employee and the employer, where they can share their opinion in a stress-free environment. So take this opportunity to have a valuable and honest discussion about your employment and leave the company on a good note!

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