Someone I commuted with received a “heads up” from her boss that her position might be eliminated as part of a consolidation because her company was being bought. A person with almost 30 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 25 years, the Chairman of the bank she worked for before taking this job 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, 2 very good ones that offered her terrific visibility and a new job. One of the perks in 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 re-hire.
Her search began at her former employer. Yours can too if you treat the exit interview as something more than a waste of time. You don’t have to accept their attempt to extend a counteroffer (nor should you in my opinion).
However, if you have built strong relationships and do NOTHING to burn bridges, you might wind up with a terrific package like my friend did.
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