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Old 07-05-2011, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I am going to quit my job tomorrow morning (don't need any advice about this, I've already made up my mind). I have the letter of resignation ready. After reading over the employment agreement, I'm required to give two weeks notice. I would like to leave sooner than that if possible (to avoid scrutiny). I'm thinking about putting the two weeks date on the resignation letter but then tell my manager that I would like to leave as soon as possible. I've already gotten to a point where all of my current tasks are 99% done. I can't complete one of them because it depends on someone else finishing their task. Other then that, there's no reason for me to be there. I'm relatively new anyway. Also, I'm required to participate in an exit interview. I have some part time work secured and it's sort of related to what I'm doing now. I'm worried that they might try and get me in legal trouble. I'm thinking about just saying that I have part time work secured in the meantime that is not at all related to the work I do here. I didn't share any confidential information (wouldn't even know what it is anyway as I am relatively new) but I still want to avoid the whole mess if possible. I remember my last employer had me do my exit interview through some online survey. This one might be a face to face one. I don't know.
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Old 07-05-2011, 07:57 PM
 
Location: 112 Ocean Avenue
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. Also, I'm required to participate in an exit interview.
Like those dudes in the GEICO commercial, I must live under a rock as well, because I've never heard of the above.

I did give a former place of employment the middle finger when leaving, but I don't believe that qualifies as an exit interview.

Or does it?
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:02 PM
 
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I have done exit interviews, just lie, say how great it was to work there, how sad you are to oleave. It is BS. Don't tell the truth, no one cares.
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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Exit interview? What's there to talk about? I'm leaving, your probably going to want to hire a replacement, I'm probably not going to work too hard the last day, so expect to play catch up for a bit... Sounds like some hardcore management B.S. to me.
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:25 PM
 
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I have done exit interviews, just lie, say how great it was to work there, how sad you are to oleave. It is BS. Don't tell the truth, no one cares.
Exactly. You just you enjoyed working there but a better opportunity came along.

No sense in mentioning any problems because no one cares.

And you will need them as a reference down the road anyway.
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Old 07-06-2011, 04:36 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Do you have a no-compete clause that you are violating? If not, what kind of legal trouble could you be in?
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:37 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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exit interviews are standard procedure. The last one I did was online - imagine those surveys you fill out for home depot (from the receipt). Basically get a question, and rate them from 1-5 (completely disagree-completely agree).

If its person to person, it'll be the same thing... but you wont' be able to avoid the follow-up comments.

As others have said, you can either be honest on what you felt needed improvement or just say everything was fine and you're simply pursuing a different opportunity.

There is also no legal obligation for you to participate. Meaning that you can say that you rather not do one. Just as you don't have an obligation to give two weeks.... simply a courtesy thing. Just keep in mind that some fields are small worlds.
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I agree as satisfying as it is, take this job and shove it is rarely beneficial in the long run. Just give the usual BS line as Jasper said I enjoyed working here but found a better opportunity. It is SOP just like those annoying entrance forms where they make you declare your race and where you heard about this job OP.

Giving out a laundry list of gripes probably won't do any good either. HR doesn't care and unless there is a pattern of high turnover for 1 manager they won't do anything.
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:15 AM
 
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Well, hope the supervisor shows up.

My supervisor never showed up to mine.
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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Exit interviews are not a a real requirement. Its just someone up the ladder collects data on why people leave. Just give them some truthful feedback (up to the level you are compfortable with) and don't burn a bridge.
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