An exit interview is a meeting between a company representative and the employee who is leaving. They offer the company the chance to do a reality check against their employment policies and offer you the opportunity to address any issues you may have.
They are normally done face to face and often follow a questionnaire format so that the responses can be mapped against the responses of other people who have left. This allows the company to pinpoint aspects that might be common complaints or themes and work on solutions.
You can give as much or as little feedback as you wish to any question you are asked.
Here are a few that are often asked:
- Why have you decided to leave?
- How do you feel about the organisation generally?
- How is the communication between departments?
- How could the company change things to improve the working environment?
- What do you think about the working hours, facilities, conditions etc?
- They may also ask you what you would change if you could