Someone I commute with received a “heads up” from her boss that her position might be eliminated as part of a consolidation caused by her company being bought. A person with almost thirty years of experience, she was a classic target of downsizing and at risk of a long job search.
Except for one thing.
She remembered that at the exit interview from her previous job of almost twenty-five years, the chairman of the bank she worked for told her that if she wanted to return to contact his office.
So, that became her first call to the chairman’s office.
Within a week, she had four interviews with the bank, two very good ones that offered her terrific visibility and a new job. One of the perks of the new job was the ability to add to her pension.
At the HR interview, she was told by the recruiter representing the bank that in his years with them, he had never seen an exit interview report with such glowing comments in it including the word “YES!” written twice next to the checkoff box indicating whether the person should be eligible for rehire.
Her search began at her former employer. Yours can too if you treat the exit interview as something more than a waste of time. However, if you have built strong relationships and do nothing to burn bridges, you might wind up with a terrific package as my friend did.
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