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Old 07-26-2013, 07:06 AM
 
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We've all had difficult bosses/supervisors etc. And probably quit/got another job because of one. Have you ever told exactly why at the exit interview with HR or someone other than the boss that was the reason for leaving or if a higher up boss (as in your boss's boss) ask why you are leaving? And I am not saying obviously in a hissy fit or wild accusations. Just a professional narration of why.

Or did you simply stick to a generic line such as "Had a better opportunity/Better pay etc etc"
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:28 AM
 
Location: NNJ
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What ever you do or say... don't burn bridges.

I try to sound positive by first stating that my reasons for leaving were driven by personal reasons followed up by a couple tid bits of how things can improve. Go in with suggestions rather than rants.
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Hate those things.

You have nothing to gain from an exit interview, and you can potentially screw up a future reference check.

Lie. Tell them nothing. Smile. Leave.
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:48 AM
 
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Hate those things.

You have nothing to gain from an exit interview, and you can potentially screw up a future reference check.

Lie. Tell them nothing. Smile. Leave.
"I loved working here and thought everything about it was great! And now I'm leaving."

Their minds will be boggled.
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:51 AM
 
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I let my previous company have it, because they don't give references. It felt amazing!
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:00 AM
 
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We've all had difficult bosses/supervisors etc. And probably quit/got another job because of one. Have you ever told exactly why at the exit interview with HR or someone other than the boss that was the reason for leaving or if a higher up boss (as in your boss's boss) ask why you are leaving? And I am not saying obviously in a hissy fit or wild accusations. Just a professional narration of why.

Or did you simply stick to a generic line such as "Had a better opportunity/Better pay etc etc"
I have always been honest, but careful on how I phrased it. I didn't want to burn any bridges. I definitely explained what frustrated me to the point I left, but my frustrations are never something they haven't heard before. When I am offered a new job, I explain my frustrations to my current boss and give the company a chance to fix them before I accept the new job, so the exit interview is always more along the lines of me making sure HR understands everything my boss already knows.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:13 AM
 
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No. Honesty is overrated. Don't be stupid as there's no point - they don't care about your opinion when you are there, why should they care when you are leaving?

One of the VPs told me this after he heard the briefing from HR on one of the exit employee's interview: It's just bunch of XYZ and every exit employee is going to say that.
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:49 AM
 
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No. Honesty is overrated. Don't be stupid as there's no point - they don't care about your opinion when you are there, why should they care when you are leaving?

One of the VPs told me this after he heard the briefing from HR on one of the exit employee's interview: It's just bunch of XYZ and every exit employee is going to say that.
This makes me wonder why they bother conducting them then.
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:53 AM
 
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All the jobs I've had exit interviews requests, I declined them. I just don't see a point to them. I've heard people actually using them to air it all out and I just couldn't do that. I agree with others about burning bridges and references etc.
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Old 07-26-2013, 10:05 AM
 
Location: NJ
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They should already know what the issues are without an exit interview.
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