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A Principal basically interrogated me to ensure I wasn’t planning on exiting in <2yrs , not sure how to feel about it. Anyone else experience something similar? I’m hesitant to take it as a compliment

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Up until the minute you give notice, I wouldn’t tell anyone that you’re planning to exit. When you do, you say that you’re only leaving is for unavoidable personal reasons.

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You’re half way there in your response. Should read: I wasn’t planning on exiting, and this project is exactly what I was looking for since it lines up with my skill set perfectly.

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That’s not a great sign...but there’s nothing wrong with concealing your intentions. Sometimes that’s what you need to do to get by.

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BAH1 nothing personal, I hope my remark didn’t come off as rude. I’m just not open to exposing what could be a sign of weakness for my firm, I really enjoy it here and I want to see everyone succeed. Thank you for your reply though!

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I don't see the issue. The reality is your added value typically comes after your first year once you have your sea legs and are able to relatively independently functional. I can see this being an issue particularly at smaller firms (<400 employees), especially if they unexpectedly got burned recently with people leaving in one year or less, say analysts going to grad school or whatever. It really messed with logistical planning and staffing considerations since hiring is typically fixed on a cycle.

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Agreed, I don't think you're to blame directly or that the principal is after you. But often there are just more corporate planning considerations that they tend to have top of mind and unfortunately don't keep the perspective or context of how you may have interpreted the probing.

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Might be planning on putting you in a critical central role on a project. Customers are often worried about key personnel leaving

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At my work they just give you a huge payday that's tied to staying for the next two years. It's called a signing bonus.

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I know a principal at Deloitte who does something similar to almost everyone he works with. Not so specific to exiting within 2 years, but he wants to know everyone’s real career goals and aspirations and won’t take surface answers or brush offs for an answer. In his case it’s not related to layoffs or anything like that, but I think he does want to know if a person is worth his time to invest in. He also genuinely wants to help people with whatever their goal is, even if it’s leaving the firm.

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I tell people my interests for the future and hope they are also open with me about the same

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