CHANG­ING CA­REERS?

Han­dling your exit in­ter­view

Healthy Woman - - CONTENTS - words Caro­line Okello

Pre­pare

Granted, you’re leav­ing, so you’re prob­a­bly think­ing you’ll just walk in say your piece and walk out. How­ever, exit in­ter­views are just as im­por­tant as an in­ter­view for a new job. You want to leave a last­ing good im­pres­sion (we live in a small world and you never know if you’re go­ing to be back to your old work­place or whose ref­er­ence you might one day need) so plan for it with the same im­por­tance. If you’re leav­ing be­cause your boss is dif­fi­cult or be­cause the work­place is toxic, you might want to deal with your emo­tions be­fore the meet­ing.

Stick with the facts

The rule is sim­ple: Of­fer con­struc­tive crit­i­cism by us­ing facts to back up your state­ments. Pri­mar­ily, the exit in­ter­view is for the em­ployer to get an hon­est re­view of the job en­vi­ron­ment and cul­ture. And be­cause you’re leav­ing, you’re likely to be more hon­est than cur­rent em­ploy­ees. The in­ter­viewer is likely to ask you your rea­sons for leav­ing, whether it was a neg­a­tive work en­vi­ron­ment, toxic co-work­ers, or if you feel you weren’t grow­ing. This might sound like the perfect time to bad­mouth your for­mer col­leagues or tell your boss he’s a jerk but that’s not a good move. Did you feel that you were not grow­ing? The ben­e­fit pack­age wasn’t so good? If so, back it up with facts. It will help them im­prove.

Re­sist the urge to vent

Re­mem­ber, you want to leave a last­ing im­pres­sion, there­fore, be pro­fes­sional. Even if you hated your boss/co-work­ers or the over­all work en­vi­ron­ment, you’re leav­ing any­way, and a highly emo­tional feed­back won’t do you any good. No threats, no bad­mouthing for­mer col­leagues, no blame games, no call­ing names, no yelling at your boss and don’t leave bro­ken fur­ni­ture in your wake. You never know whose help you might need in the fu­ture.

Be pos­i­tive

Let the in­ter­viewer know of the pos­i­tive as­pects of your job, the parts you en­joyed. This is your chance to leave on good terms. Even if you hated the job, there must be some­thing you liked. Say a stel­lar project you worked on or your col­leagues. Men­tion how much you grew, how your stay ben­e­fited both you and the com­pany, and what they can im­prove on to make things bet­ter for your re­place­ment.

Ask ques­tions

Just like ev­ery other in­ter­view, use this chance to ask about your per­for­mance. What are the ar­eas that the in­ter­viewer thinks you should im­prove on? Do they have tips on how you can do that? The feed­back they give you might turn out to be very help­ful in the new role you’re about to take up.

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