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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 August 19, 2019

How to Succeed in Life on Your Own Terms: 7 Essential Steps

How to Succeed in Life on Your Own Terms: 7 Essential Steps

There is a great deal of advice in the world telling us how to succeed in life, but often we are given advice that isn’t tailored to our needs, desires and priorities. Success means different things to each of us, and living a life that feels genuinely successful to me might be very different to your idea of a successful life.

Naturally, when we follow the advice of someone else, which is tailored to their life goals and personality, we can end up with something that doesn’t deliver on the promise. We don’t get rewarded with our vision of success: we get theirs.

This is why I’m a proponent of self-discovery, introspection and personal sovereignty. So how to succeed on your own terms?

These 7 essential steps are not going to tell you exactly what to do, but they will provide you with the tools and the questions to ask so that you can discover your own path, so you know how to succeed in life on your own terms.

1. Know Thyself

One of Socrates’ most well-known quotes is,

An unexamined life is not worth living.

I argue that an unexamined life is not a successful one. Self-knowledge is something we could dedicate our lives to, but I’m not suggesting you sit around and navel-gaze in order to find happiness and meaning.

Thankfully, there are people who have created techniques and systems that less us fast-forward through a lot of personal philosophizing, and quickly identify some key aspects of what makes us, us.

You might want to find out what your ideal daily schedule is,[1] and you can take tests that reveal just that. Or you might want to figure out what you need to get things done – and yes, there’s a quiz for that too.

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None of these tests are infallible, and some are more scientific than others, but the process of asking yourself questions about your behaviors and traits is invaluable when it comes to determining your path to succeed in life.

For example, if you know you are an introvert and are unhappy in your current workplace, it might be worth considering why that is (an open plan office space perhaps) and what you would prefer.

It’s these little questions that will provoke answers in you that can guide the decisions that truly improve your life now and in the future.

2. Figure out What Matters to You

What lights you up? This is a question that often gets forgotten as we age. A fortunate child will be given the stimulation they desire in the form of bright toys, affection and entertainment. Little by little, the things that bring a child joy get replaced by what society demands on their behalf.

When we return to that question, and ask ourselves what really matters and what brings us joy, we can move closer towards a successful life. It can help to think back to your childhood, and the times in your life when you were in what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls a flow state.[2]

In a state of flow, time slows and our focus is directed like a laser. We are fully present.

Whilst not everything in life that matters to you will conjure up a flow state, it’s a good indication of the kind of activities and experiences you can try to incorporate into your life on a regular basis.

A successful life is made up of moments like this, and when you know what matters to you and brings you a sense of joy and purpose, you can go about creating more of that.

3. Play to Your Strengths

Why spend your time only on mitigating your weaknesses, only to feel average? Instead, playing to your strengths and amplifying those skills and qualities you already have will help you go from average to extraordinary.

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If you’re great at big picture thinking and love dreaming up new ideas, but often lack attention to detail, acknowledge that. Then instead of trying to improve your analytical skills, focus instead on developing your existing skills of imagination and insight. When you need someone with a keen eye for detail, you can collaborate with those people.

Jackson Pollock was an extreme introvert, with no real desire to get his artwork in front of people. Fortunately, he had Clement Greenberg, who was much further towards the extrovert end of the spectrum, to popularize his work and get Pollock the publicity he needed.[3]

Start by identifying your strengths and what comes naturally to you. Then work on developing those and becoming known for those strengths. You can always find someone who will help you in fill in the gaps.

4. Listen to Yourself

It isn’t always clear to us that we’re on a path that leads us to failure or to success. People can spends decades in a job that is unfulfilling and slowly breaking their spirit, without even realizing it – until it’s too late. This is usually because they haven’t learned how to truly listen to themselves.

The challenge we face is that we’re listening to so many other sources of information; whether it’s the news, television, social media, family, friends or colleagues. Many may want to help, but that doesn’t mean they know what’s best for us. Only you know what success means for you, and working this out begins with listening to yourself.

Listening to yourself requires practice. It’s a daily effort, which over time, does get easier. That inner voice of wisdom will get clearer, and the decisions you make will feel more convincing.

To start, you could try to set aside 10 to 15 minutes when you first wake up, in silence. Rather than look at your phone, checking emails or social media, simply sit in silence, listening.

Ask yourself a simple question like, what am I feeling right now, in this moment? Notice the answer that bubbles up, without getting lost in the story. Starting an inner dialogue, without judgment is one of the key tools you can use to start making better decisions in your life.

Learn more about listening to your true self in this guide: How to Listen to Your Inner Voice for Greater Fulfillment

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5. Listen to Others (But Not Everyone)

Listening to yourself is one thing, but listening to others is crucial in order to learn, empathize and be of benefit to your community.

Truly listening to others is not just waiting patiently until it’s your turn to speak. Active listening requires focused attention, and the intention to understand where the other person is coming from.

When you do this, you can ask better questions and discover more about the world and everyone in it, as well as learn how to interact with others in order to succeed in life on your own terms.

However, this doesn’t mean you have to listen to everyone you come across. Trolls on the internet may come into the category of people not to listen to. Some people’s opinions will do more harm than good, as not everyone has your best interest in mind.

It’s worth identifying a shortlist of people whose opinions you will listen to. Brené Brown, author of the New York Times best-seller Daring Greatly, recommends taking a 1-inch x 1-inch square of paper and make a list of people whose opinions matter to you. These are the people who love you and will genuinely support and help you. According to Brown,

“If you need more paper, you need to edit.”

6. Make Time for Reflection

It’s easy to go through life without taking inventory of what you’re actually accomplishing. Missing this crucial step means we end up jumping from one goal to the next, without feeling like we’re getting anywhere.

Make time, ideally each day to reflect. You might keep a paper journal, or an online document. Either way, jot down:

  • What went well today
  • Something you’re grateful for
  • What would make tomorrow even better

Doing this can have measurable benefits to our overall sense of well-being, as well as keeping us focused for more success in the future.[4]

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It also helps combat feelings of lack and doubt, that arise when we compare ourselves to others. When we look at someone who appears to be more successful than us in an area of life, we can forget how far we’ve come and how much we have to be grateful for.

Making time to reflect on what you have accomplished is critical to keep you on track, and just not looking at what others are doing.

7. Don’t Be Afraid to Change Your Mind

Arguably the most important step of all:

Remember that there’s nothing wrong in changing your mind and correcting course.

The path to a successful life is not straight and narrow. It meanders and there’s no harm in going back and picking a different (and better) route.

“I think our life is a journey, and we make mistakes, and it’s how we learn from those mistakes and rebound from those mistakes that sets us on the path that we’re meant to be on.” — Jay Ellis

Be willing to make mistakes, learn from them and change your mind. Ultimately, there’s no better way to succeed in life on your own terms.

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