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Get Prepared for These Questions When You Quit Your Job, or You May Get into Trouble

Get Prepared for These Questions When You Quit Your Job, or You May Get into Trouble

Many organisations complain about losing some of their best employees. The truth is that people don’t leave jobs, they leave one organization to another. Knowing this, organisations have put in place mechanisms that allow them to hear the perspective of their outgoing staff. This allows them to receive meaningful and progressive feedback from their outgoing staff. In addition, it builds in the employee the sense that the organisation cares.

Organisations and employer of labor will have to deal with losing an employee at some point. This moment calls for both parties to reflect on their time together rather than focus only on benefit and off-boarding matters. However, for the outgoing staff, it’s important that you are aware of this phase as you prepare to leave an organisation. Here are 10 most common question you will be asked when you quit your job:

1. What do you want from your job, career and life?

This is one of the most common questions in an exit interview. It is an indirect way for the employers to know why you are leaving. Your fulfilment on a job depends on what you yearn for from your, job, life and career. The employer wants to know if your current job lacks the things needed to fulfil your deep aspirations. There are no right or wrong answers to this question. The most important thing is to be open and honest in revealing what you really want out of your job or career. Use this opportunity to talk about your deep motivation. A good example might be:

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“Learning new things has always been a great motivator for me. I like having a job that provides me with the opportunity to learn something new or a new way to look at a problem.”

What you don’t want to do is associating your response to your personal issues like the desire to pay off credit card debts or student loans.

2. Where are you going?

Quitting your current job implies that you have an alternative to rely on. So, don’t be surprised if this is one of the questions that comes up in your exit interview. You need to be ready with an answer to this question before you head for the exit interview. Your current employer may like to know where you are going to have an insight into your reason for quitting. Are you quitting your current job for a higher paying one or you want to go float your company? The answer to this question will be generic depending on the reason behind decision to quit. However, it is important for you to be truthful with your response. Giving an honest answer might help the employer improve their approach to employees.

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3. Why did you accept the new job?

Your employer knows that you are leaving them for another company and you have a right to do so. Letting your employer know the biggest reason for accepting your new job will help them measure how well they are doing against other companies. You have the right to withhold your reasons. However, telling your boss the real reason will help them know how well they are doing and things that might need improvement.

4. What qualities should we look out for in your replacement?

No one knows your job like you do, so don’t be surprised if a question like this comes up in your exit interview. Feel free to tell your HR some of the factors to look for in your replacement. This will help your company hire a replacement that fits the role. An honest answer will also indicate you still have their best interest at heart as well.

5. Were you able to share your challenges with your manager?

This question is helpful in evaluating the interpersonal relation skill of the manger. It could further help the organisation put in place professional development training for the manager. In my opinion, I will recommend an honest answer to avoid a repetition of poor manager to employee relationship.

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6. What five things you will like to see in this organization?

In most cases, employee and manager mismatch have been the common reasons why employee leave a job. If this is not the reason the employee is leaving, there is always room for improvement. The organisation always wants a prioritized feedback from their employee by asking them to name five things they will like to see. In doing so, they can tap into the core perspective of the employee about the organisation. I will employ an honest answer from the employee at this point because it’s all about improving the workplace for another person who could be our friend.

7. Were you updated on new developments in the company?

Transparency is an important element at the work place and its endearing to the millennia’s. This is an opportunity for the organisation to know how you rate them when it comes to open door policy at the workplace. They want to know if transparency shone from the management team to the employee or you as an employee felt left out. I felt left out on my previous job and in most cases, I never knew what the company was up to. The answer to this question will help the organisation review their policy and perhaps is one of the reasons you are losing the best staff. This is an opportunity to let the organisation know are inclusive their policy is.

8. Were you given the resources to perform your task?

The productivity of an organisation lies in the quality of its staff. Every organisation values a productive work force. However, cases may arise when an employee was not adequately equipped for the role there by resulting in low productivity. Find out what the organisation is doing right or wrong in terms of providing necessary support for their staff is crucial. This will help them note an area that needs improvement. Perhaps more training courses or supervision will be needed in the subsequent situation. This is an opportunity to recommend training, tools and suggestion on how their resource pool can be improved.

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9. What were the good and bad moments?

This question can help understand some of the challenges your employees are facing while on the job. It can also point to what makes them feel successful. Perhaps the organisation is to strict or non-evolving and missing the mark. An honest answer will be appreciated as it will further help the organisation improve and create an environment that promotes success.

10. What did you like about the organisation?

It is also important for an organisation to note what they are doing well. What the employees like about them. These are things and organisation should build upon and fortify in its policy. For instance, I enjoyed the group presentation session at my previous place of work because it allows bounce ideas around. It is imperative to give a feedback on the good things the organisation is doing well so that they can continue to build on it.

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Last Updated on October 17, 2018

7 Natural (And Highly Effective) Ways to Improve Memory

7 Natural (And Highly Effective) Ways to Improve Memory

How is your memory? Is your cognitive function as strong as you’d like it to be?

If not, then you’re definitely going to be interested in the memory improvement tips I’ll be sharing with you in this article.

Despite what you might think – or have been told – improving your ability to recall information is certainly possible. You just need to know the right ways to do it. (Don’t worry, as you won’t need to make any significant lifestyle changes.)

So how to improve memory? Let’s dive straight into the first of seven easy ways to improve your memory significantly.

1. Meditate

We live in a world of non-stop, 24/7 information. It’s like a waterfall that’s endlessly pouring news, data, facts and figures into our conscious minds.

Unfortunately, our brains are not designed to absorb this tremendous amount of information. It’s no wonder then, that most people struggle to remember information and recall things.

Even if you believe you have a good memory and are comfortable with multi-tasking, you’ll also be aware that there’s only so much information your brain can process at one time. And research suggests that the more information and distractions, the harder it is for you to transfer information to your long-term memory.[1]

Fortunately, meditation can help you out.

Even if you just meditate for 10 minutes per day, you’ll boost your ability to focus, which in turn, will make it easier for you to remember important facts.

If you need help in shifting into a meditative state, I recommend trying an app like Headspace – which can assist you to achieve this in a convenient and structured way.

And don’t forget, meditation doesn’t just have to be closing your eyes and sitting in a lotus position. Some people prefer to simply take a short walk in nature. This clears and calms their mind, and still provides the all-important boost to their focus.

2. Get plenty of sleep

If you’re sleep deprived or have not been sleeping well, then I’m guessing you’re not remembering well either. This is because sleep and memory are intimately connected.

If you have a busy life and regularly find yourself not getting enough sleep, then this will negatively impact your cognitive abilities – including your memory.

How much sleep should you be getting?

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Well, according to the National Sleep Foundation, you need a minimum of seven to nine hours of sleep per night. If you get this amount of sleep regularly, then within just a few days, you’ll see a tangible improvement to your ability to remember and recall things.

Now, I’ll be honest with you, maintaining a proper sleep cycle is not always easy (especially when the latest Netflix series has just been released!). But if you care about improving your short-term and long-term ability to remember things, then it’s critical that you try to get at least the recommended amount of sleep every night.

Are there ways to hack the sleep cycle?

Yes, there are.

Try these three things:

  • Have a fixed bedtime (preferably before 10pm)
  • Don’t eat too late
  • Make sure your bedroom is as dark as possible

Sleeping is a precious activity. It regenerates your body, clears your mind, and helps with the storing and retrieval of information.

However, don’t sleep just yet, as I want to tell you about another great way to increase memory…

3. Challenge your brain

When was the last time you challenged your brain?

I don’t mean challenged in the sense of overeating or undersleeping. I’m referring to stretching your mental capabilities through things like crossword puzzles, Sudoku and memory games.

To expand your memory bank, and to make your recall razor-sharp, you need to continually challenge your brain.

Feedback from Lifehack readers such as yourself, has suggested that brain training apps are a super-effective way of doing this. Used regularly, these apps can enhance your focus, attention span, problem-thinking ability and memory.

There are hundreds of these apps available (most of them for free), but I recommend starting out with one of the big three:

  • Peak (Android/iOS, free, 10 million+ downloads)
  • Lumosity (Android/iOS, free, 10 million+ downloads)
  • Elevate (Android/iOS, free, 5 million+ downloads)

If you normally spend a chunk of your week playing computer games, then instead of shooting and killing your enemies, why not let some of them live – while you put your attention into boosting your brain power!

Challenging your brain will strengthen your neural pathways and enhance your mental abilities. But don’t just take my word for it, try one of the apps above and see the positive benefits for yourself.

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4. Take more breaks

When I think back to my days as a budding entrepreneur, I distinctively remember working all the hours under the sun – and many under the moon too!

At that time, I believed that breaks were for the weak, and to become wealthy and successful, I needed to shed blood, sweat and tears.

However, I was wrong.

Taking regular breaks is the best way to keep yourself productive, creative and alive to opportunities. It’s also the best way to learn new information.

Let me explain.

Typically, when studying lots of new information, most people will spend hours reading it – in an attempt to learn and remember the content as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, they’ve overlooked something.

Namely, extended study sessions are rarely a good thing, as your ability to retain information naturally declines after a certain period of time.

It’s similar to physical exercise. You wouldn’t attempt to train vigorously for four hours in a row. Instead, you’d take regular breaks to give your lungs, heart and muscles adequate time to recover. Failing to do this will result in muscle cramps and overexertion.

It’s the same with your brain. If you overload it with information, you’ll suffer from mental fatigue.

What’s the answer?

Make sure you take regular breaks when learning new information. I recommend at least a 10-minute break every hour. (You may also want to take a look at the Pomodoro Method.)

If you don’t want to be as regimented as that, then take breaks as soon as you find yourself losing the ability to focus on the new material. Your brain will thank you – and your learning aptitude will move up a level.

5. Learn a new skill

I love this quote, as it’s 100% true – but frequently overlooked:

“Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci

From my experience of helping to develop the careers of dozens of Lifehack employees, I can definitively say that participating in meaningful and purposeful activities stimulates the mind. It also reduces stress and enhances health and well-being.

Let me give you an example of this:

Imagine you work for a global financial institution in one of their call centers. You take over 100 calls a day – many of them complaints. When you started the job a few months back, you were excited to be in full-time employment and working for a household name.

Unfortunately, your initial enthusiasm quickly turned into frustration.

The endless complaint calls began to take their toll on you. And the supervisors irritated you too, as they were far too interested in micro-managing you – rather than letting you work in your own way.

Now, in the story above, the ending could be that you put up with a job you didn’t like, and led a dull and frustrated working life for years and years. However, an alternative ending is this: you channeled your dissatisfaction in to learning a new skill (computer coding). It took you a year or two to get up to speed, but it allowed you to successfully upgrade your career – and the ongoing learning made the call centre job much more bearable.

Clearly, learning new skills gives you impetus, focus and something to aim for. Your brain loves to learn, and you should tap into this by always seeking our new information. And when learning becomes a habit, you’ll find your ability to remember and recall things effortlessly, becomes a habit too.

6. Start working out

If you’re not already working out regularly, then here’s another reason to do so:

Exercising for 20-30 minutes three times a week will improve your long-term memory.

Regular exercise increases blood flow in your body and supplies the brain with extra oxygen and nutrients. And a well-nourished brain is a well-functioning brain!

“But I just don’t have the time?,” I hear you say.

Not a problem.

A research has shown that a daily burst of 60 seconds of high-intensity exercise, offered many of the benefits of the longer exercise routines.[2] So, if you’re short on time – now you know what to do.

Interested in getting started?

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Here are five different ways that will help you work out:

  • Join a gym
  • Join a sports team
  • Buy a bike
  • Take up hiking
  • Dance to your favorite music

7. Eat healthier foods

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression: “You are what you eat.”

This applies to your brain too.

The food that you eat helps determine your brain’s capacity to store and recall information. A poor diet (think junk food + soda!) harms not just your physical health, but your mental health too.

Fortunately, there are several foods that are especially good for your brain and your memory. These include: blueberries, celery and dark chocolate. But anything high in antioxidants will have a positive effect on your brain and memory.

Conversely, highly-processed foods and those loaded with sugar will have a negative impact on your memory. This is due to them providing insufficient nutrients for your brain – leading you to easily suffer from mental fatigue.

Want to be mentally healthy? Then eat and drink an abundance of these for brain health:

  • Turmeric – helps new brain cells grown
  • Broccoli – protects the brain against damage
  • Nuts – improves memory
  • Green tea – enhances brain performance, memory and focus[3]
  • Fish oilfish oil supplements can increase your brain power

Here’re more brain food options that improve memory!

Final thoughts

I sincerely hope these seven memory boosting ways that I’ve covered in this article will be of help to you.

You don’t need to implement them all. I suggest just trying the ones that appeal to you.

But, if you’re serious about dramatically improving your memory, then make a start right now on adopting one or more of the ways I’ve suggested. I’m confident you won’t regret it.

Featured photo credit: Eric Ward via unsplash.com

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