While organizations may choose to handle exit interviews differently, for most, the information you share is very important. For example, often information collected is used to help inform the company on whether the culture it desires for employees to work within maps to the actual experience of a staffer.
While what you choose to share in an interview is confidential, it does enable the organization to determine whether there is a need to repurpose programs or address an issue that may be consistently surfacing during the exit process.
Some people may feel hesitant to share their input. They may be uncertain how information will be used. You should confirm how your organization handles information collected so you are aware.
As a whole, companies can use your experience to help them in their recruiting efforts and aid in overall retention of employees. Your candid feedback can ultimately help create a better place for people to work - and potentially influence whether you may want to return to work for the organization at a later date.
Lisa Lim is HR generalist at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide.
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