The moment you decide to take your career in a new direction, you will feel the excitement of the changes on the horizon, and maybe some worry because you know you will have to tell your boss. If your job is perfect, then there is no reason to leave. However, the average worker remains at their job for 4.4 years, meaning that people face the dreaded exit interview every day. Like most people though, you may have visualized the moment when you are standing in front of your boss’s office door. You take that last deep breath… and you go in.
Exit interviews are important for good business. Employers see value in knowing why their employees are leaving, because they can better plan against future turnover. After all, the lifeblood of any good business is good people.
The important thing to remember in an exit interview is to be respectful, professional and do not drag it out. If you find yourself standing outside your boss’s office, imagining every worst-case scenario under the sun, then stop. In my career, when I left positions, I imagined everything from tears to flying books. Thankfully, I’ve never had a book thrown at me for leaving a job, and my guess is you won’t either.
Of course, this only applies if you can see a better direction for your career. If so, get in there and tell your boss that you are taking another position, and say why. Ultimately, if you are respectful and professional, he or she will understand.