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“I’ve always hated James Bond” – are exit interviews a good thing?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Last week Sean Connery topped the poll of the most popular British actors in the USA.

The American ‘Q score’ charts released their first ever ‘Brit Q’ rankings in which the 83-year-old actor triumphed.

Still recognised for “Bond, James Bond”, you would think that Sean Connery would relish in his 007 fame. But that’s not the case.

He (infamously) said: “I have always hated that damned James Bond. I’d like to kill him.”

So, how important is it to tell your former employees that the job really wasn’t for you?

One way is the “exit interview” which tends to get overlooked by companies here, but they are an effective tactic in understanding why people are leaving and how to most successfully enhance retention.
Important questions any employer should ask are:

  • What are your reasons for leaving? Could they have been avoided?
  • What attracts you to the new position that you were not able to achieve here?
  • Was it a matter of no longer achieving job satisfaction?
  • Was it something to do with your working conditions?
  • Was it a matter of poor working relationships with your manager/colleagues?
  • Was it because you could not see any forthcoming career development?
  • Was it because of perceived management effectiveness, or lack of it?

A well-managed exit interview is a valuable company investment.

While it will not uncover or solve all of the issues within a firm, it will form a crucial part of any thorough HR Strategy.

As a business, wouldn’t you prefer to hear it now, rather than in Sean Connery style, “I always hated that job”, down the line

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