Discovering People



The Exit Interview

Too often companies do not know why they lose good employees. Exit interviews are becoming increasingly popular as companies continue to battle with staff retention problems in the current fluid labour market. Exit or separation interviews are designed to probe for the real reasons people leave a job and it is important to establish any problems and issues to try and prevent other employees from doing the same.

In order to get meaningful information that will enable the company to identify and correct problems that have caused turnover, a well-structured interview must be conducted. It is best that this interview not be conducted by the team leader / manager of the member who is leaving. A member of the human resources staff or another manager should conduct it.

Exit interviews can be extremely positive and productive, they can highlight positive factors to help strengthen current or new staff retention initiatives, as well as identify positive aspects of the job and use them as selling points to future candidates.

Here are some important questions that should be asked in an exit interview.

  1. Questions about the job
  2. What did you like most and least about the job?

    How do you feel about your compensation?

    How do you feel about the progress you've made in this company?

    How do you feel about the working conditions?

  3. Questions about supervision
  4. What did you like most (least) about your team leader's style of managing?

    Does your team leader tend to favour some employees or act unfairly to others?





  5. Questions to sum up the interview

If you could discuss with top management exactly how you feel about this company, what would you tell them?

What does the job to which you are going, offer you that you were not getting here?

Why are you leaving at this particular time?

Latest Unemployment Figures

(ED) Unemployment rate 6.7 per cent in January

11:40 8/2/2001 No.8082

Sydney - Thursday - February 8: (AAP) Australia's unemployment rate was a seasonally adjusted 6.7 per
cent in January, from 6.6 per cent in December, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said. Total employment
fell 3,500 to 9.083 million, adjusted. The participation rate in January was at 63.5 per cent from 63.6
per cent, adjusted, in December.
(adj unless stated)
January December Year ago jobless rate 6.7 pct 6.6 pct 6.9 pct participation rate 63.5 pct 63.6 pct 63.2 pct employed 9,083,200 9,086,700 8,903,400 unemployed 648,900 643,200 654,800 Full time employed 6,642,900 6,687,000 6,571,000 jobless rate (raw) 7.2 pct 6.5 pct 7.4 pct employed (raw) 8,946,000 9,224,500 8,773,900 Jobless rate (trend) 6.6 pct 6.6 pct 6.9 pct employed (trend) 9,072,100 9,081,800 8,924,700 Seasonally adjusted unemployment rate state by state: January December Year ago NSW 6.0 pct 6.0 pct 6.0 pct Vic 6.3 pct 6.1 pct 6.8 pct Qld 8.1 pct 8.2 pct 8.1 pct SA 7.3 pct 7.5 pct 7.7 pct WA 6.4 pct 5.9 pct 6.8 pct Tas 9.7 pct 8.3 pct 9.0 pct If you require any assistance filling your vacant positions, please feel free to contact our office on 9570 2411.

If you have any questions, human resources issues to discuss or would like to give any feedback in regards to this newsletter, please don't hesitate to email me -

Michelle Novotny

Managing Director

Discovering People