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Do you get real on an exit interview, or just smile and wave goodbye?

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Get real. But don’t burn any bridges.

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^ This

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Real as hell

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Esp with havas

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Just smile. What’s the point of getting real? HR knows exactly what employees aren’t happy about and they won’t take any action. HR should keep exit interview information confidential, but they often do not If anything changes in your new job and you decide you want to come back, what happens if you were too real in the exit and threw someone under the bus...?

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HR doesn’t care, if they did you wouldn’t have quit in the first place. Make it quick and get out.

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Exactly

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Smile and wave the middle finger

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I got a bit drunk beforehand from a goodbye shindig and got real af

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One exit interview I had discussed my health insurance options and other small things like whether my address and email were up-to-date so they could send my W-2. HR didn’t bother to ask what could have been improved or anything and I understand that. That should be expressed to your boss when you put in your notice. During my second exit interview, the bridge was already burned by bitter people at the agency who saw me as a threat. So I put everything on the table. Speaking with friends who still work there and reading Glassdoor, nothing has changed. So what does honesty bring you? I suggest saving your energy for yourself and your next venture. If you feel the need to “get real,” it was likely a negative experience and venting could only do more harm than good. Be professional and smile. You have the higher ground since you’re the one moving on to better things.

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Wow, that’s a good one... I think as a fellow PM, we think in terms of improvement and sharing areas of improvement should be a default of ours. However if I recognize that I’ve been working with ostriches then I don’t even bother

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Keep in mind HR’s role isn’t too help people with their problems. It is to protect the company from “people problems.” If your feedback is along the lines of “this company is at high risk of being sued for discrimination, harassment” etc then spell it out for them and name names. If your feedback is “this company is a dysfunctional mess and my boss is incompetent”, don’t bother. Smile, goodbye, wish them well, walk away.

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Hr can't do anything about it most of the time. I would say I know it's not in your power to change anything so let's just chalk it up to a better opportunity.

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I spoke with my GCD for 1.5 hours. It was great. We both vented and I’d like to think he’ll consider my thoughts

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Smile and say goodbye

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It’s just a formality.

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I usually bring along a large order of shrimp cocktail - enough for everybody in the room - then wait until the timing is right to tell a real zinger!

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It depends on the situation. If you’re moving to a new industry, or don’t feel like anything negative you say will come back to haunt you, get as real as you want. If you don’t feel like expending your valuable mental and physical energy to explain problems the company won’t do anything about, just “thank u, next” them.

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Left after less than 3 months. Should've been all the "exit interview" they needed. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Is anyone in HR on here? It’s clear the industry agrees that you can’t be trusted to help anyone but the company...no one going to defend themselves? Or so you feel like you have no wiggle room?

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I've gone both ways in an exit interview. The one time I "got real" I had a decent relationship with HR and my interviewer knew I was being honest. I stayed respectful and approached the feedback in a way that is more helpful than just trying to point blame. The information was well received but did anything change there? Probably not. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I would say take a moment to think about WHY you want to get real and, if it's just to vent, do that with your friends and just smile and nod on your way to better things.

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Organizations don’t change based on the opinion of a former employee during an exit interview. Just say thank you for having a job. If at some point you’ll ever decide to go back, it will be a different company anyway, companies change when people change/leave

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