Listen Now: Leaving Your Job? Avoid These Dangerous Exit Interview Mistakes
Leaving your job? Don’t step in any traps on the way out.
When you leave one job for another you get an exit interview. This is when your current HR person will ask you questions including; why are you leaving the company and do you have any suggestions to improve the company. While you might think you have one foot out the door and can share pent-up frustrations, think again.
According to the job resources site Inc.com, human resources isn’t asking you questions to improve the company, they’re asking to see if you will become a PR problem once you leave. If you answer those questions with a list of complaints you could end up with a don’t rehire note in your file. Or you might not be able to use that company as a reference.
In the worst case, you complain about your old boss, they hear about it and badmouth you to your new boss. So what’s the takeaway? Never burn your bridges. Everyone knows someone and you don’t want to upset the one who can help you move up.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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