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Choose your words carefully in exit interview

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Q: I’ve quit my job in large part because of a terrible boss. My last day is coming up, and I’m tempted in my exit interview to tell the HR people exactly what I think. I mean, they should know. And I’m not afraid to tell them. Is there any reason to hold back?

A: You bet! If you come across as bitter or lash out, you lose credibility. Leave on a professional note. When you discuss your reason for leaving, calmly mention that a stronger relationship with your boss might have increased your job satisfaction. But don’t go into details. If the interviewer presses you, say, “If you still want to talk about this a month from now, give me a call at home and we’ll see.” This puts the onus on her to follow up. And it keeps you in contact with your former employer, which can only work to your advantage if you’re thinking of returning down the line.

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