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Exit Interviews

I have an exit interview on Wednesday. I would prefer not to do it but my boss says it is obligatory. Is there anything I need to watch out for here? Could I be asked to sign any document which would be to my disadvantage?
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Old 28.11.2016, 10:46
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Do you have any non-compete clauses in your contract or non-vested benefits / compensation?
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Old 28.11.2016, 10:49
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Do you have any non-compete clauses in your contract or non-vested benefits / compensation?
I don't have any non-compete clause. Sorry, but what is a non-vested benefits / compensation?
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Old 28.11.2016, 10:50
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Re: Exit Interviews

The idea from your perspective is to keep things positive (nice company, working environment etc.) or "at worst" neutral about your comments. There is no advantage for you to "rock the boat", so don't. You may need a reference at some time so why go into the stuff you didn't like. You can talk about things such as it was the time for a move, you like the job but the new one was a great opportunity etc. etc.

They will normally try to get you to sign a document about company secrets etc. (not sure if this would even be an issue for your case). If you are not happy with it (too specific, too general, too long a period covered etc), thank your boss and say that you will have it reviewed by your lawyer and you will get right back to them. Don't say you won't sign it just that you want to refer it for a check.
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Old 28.11.2016, 10:50
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I have an exit interview on Wednesday. I would prefer not to do it but my boss says it is obligatory. Is there anything I need to watch out for here? Could I be asked to sign any document which would be to my disadvantage?
Do you have your reference already? If you do then you could be pretty monosyllabic through your exit interview, and they wouldn't be able to force you to sign anything.
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Old 28.11.2016, 10:52
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Do you have your reference already? If you do then you could be pretty monosyllabic through your exit interview, and they wouldn't be able to force you to sign anything.
No, I have not yet received my reference.
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Re: Exit Interviews

Hey!
They might need to get some information from you, and also to give you some back which are important for your reference/performance letter.
Was it you who quit the job? Keep some examples of your performance in the head in case they'd like to put you in the position that you were not good etc.
just for your own sake to be ready to defend, just in case.
Exit interview is kind of normal procedure, so nothing to be worry about in my opinion.
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Old 28.11.2016, 10:56
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No, I have not yet received my reference.
Bummer. Can you score that before the interview?
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Old 28.11.2016, 10:57
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Re: Exit Interviews

exit interviews are the most pathetic time wasting box ticking pointless exercises ever dreamt up by touchie feeling HR muppets.

my last one
why are you leaving ? - i'd rather not say

followed by 15 minutes of HR muppet badgering me as to why, and why I won't say

followed by 30 minutes of me giving her both barrels and royally burning my bridges

but I'd already got my reference
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Old 28.11.2016, 10:58
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Re: Exit Interviews

I thought you wanted to sign up for euthanasia; and was thinking, nah, you seem like a nice guy, don't do it bud. There's so much to live for, the sun rising over the snow capped mountains, the chill in the air after a long summer's day, but then I realized it's probably just a bank or something doing due diligence.....
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I don't have any non-compete clause. Sorry, but what is a non-vested benefits / compensation?
If you have company shares for example that will vest (i.e. become yours) over a period of years then there are normally conditions which need to be adhered to after you leave the company otherwise these benefits (shares) will be nullified. I guess you don't need to worry about this.

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No, I have not yet received my reference.
This could be something you could talk about in the exit interview, if there anything you want to be included in your reference letter.
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Old 28.11.2016, 11:02
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Re: Exit Interviews

I can't get my reference before the interview and as I was let go, I don't see it being very positive anyway.
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Old 28.11.2016, 11:07
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I can't get my reference before the interview and as I was let go, I don't see it being very positive anyway.
They're not allowed to give you a bad reference and you are within your rights to get it changed if it damages your chances of new employment (at least the RAV will get behind you in this regard).
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Is there anything I need to watch out for here? Could I be asked to sign any document which would be to my disadvantage?
You'll likely be asked to sign a rough transcript of the conversation that you will be asked to read through before signing.

My only tip would be to decide if you ever want to work for your employer again in the future before you make comments.

With my exit interview, I decided to be absolutely honest with what I did say, but not say everything that had been of concern. When asked what I believed was the biggest mistake the company had made, I chose a recent decision that I already knew was a matter of regret for the directors and didn't directly impact on me. I used the same decision as my 'low point' of working for the company.

In essence, you need to imagine the highest person you known within the company reading the transcript and agreeing with what you say, even with the bad stuff.
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Re: Exit Interviews

In my experience it is just normal procedure. Normally it involves your boss and a member of HR. It is a good time to thank your boss and that you enjoyed your time at the company but it is time to move on. Depending on how your company works the will give you a list of things they will require back on your last day, this is also to keep your boss in the loop. These things could be your company badge/ID, your parking place card, laptop etc. Your reference will be given to you on your last day. Someone might be able to correct me but i think there is a rule in switzerland that companies cannot give you a bad reference. If you were good they will write about it and if not they generally get around it by writing a neutral reference.
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I have an exit interview on Wednesday. I would prefer not to do it but my boss says it is obligatory. Is there anything I need to watch out for here? Could I be asked to sign any document which would be to my disadvantage?


It's not obligatory. Your employer has to extend the invitation, you do not have to accept it. I have declined in the past.
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Re: Exit Interviews

I really regret joining this company and have hated my time here. I'm a bad liar so intend saying as little as possible. Having said that, I feel I performed my duties well and would still be here if my boss had not found a cheaper replacement.
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Nobody can force you to sign anything, it is only you who can decide if yoiu want to sign or not, just politely refuse, don't even need to give a reason
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Re: Exit Interviews

I think if I where in your shoes I'd just not go to the interview, nothing for you to gain out of it.
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They're not allowed to give you a bad reference and you are within your rights to get it changed if it damages your chances of new employment (at least the RAV will get behind you in this regard).
Sure they are. The above is a misunderstanding. First and foremost, a reference has to be truthful, then it has to be benevolent. But it is absolutely allowed to write a bad reference if it is justified and balanced (i.e. for example, individual minor incidents should not be blown out of proportion and result in an overall bad reference)

Granted, many people abuse this "rule" in exactly the above sense, i.e. insist they get a terrific reference even if they were the crappiest employee around. But in theory, that is not what it's about.


Exit interviews are pointless. Go or don't go, it makes no difference. It's not HR's latest fad, but a few years back, some senior line management thought it was important to know why people were leaving (there was probably a clever study on the subject in HBR). So everybody started doing it, though often only for a certain population and not across the board. In reality, it's either well-known already why someone is leaving and/or no one gives a damn anyway. Don't sign anything.
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