How Honest Should You Be In An Exit Interview? | Business Insider by Jacquelyn Smith


After putting in your two weeks’ notice, there’s a good chance HR will ask you to participate in an exit interview — and there’s an even better chance you’ll be torn about how open you should be during that conversation.

Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of “You Can’t Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work,” says some employees believe the exit interview is the ideal opportunity to be completely honest about their experiences with their employer, while others think that being candid puts them at risk of burning bridges.

But, he says, neither group is necessarily right. “It’s not a black-and-white issue,” Kerr explains. “You shouldn’t think about the exit interview in terms of, ‘Should I be honest?’ or ‘Should I not be honest?’ Instead, you should think about how truthful you want to be, and when it’s okay to withhold details.”


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