Are Exit Interviews Out of Fashion?

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My wife just left her job after 20 years for a great new opportunity. As we were packing up her stuff, I was surprised to hear that her employer hadn’t scheduled an exit interview. Then again, thinking back, I don’t think any of my former employers did either.

It’s one of those things I’ve heard of, but I don’t think I know anyone who’s ever gotten one.

Are they something that was once popular but now out of fashion?

Anyway, my wife was mostly happy at her last job, but I think she had a few suggestions her old employer would’ve found useful or at least illuminating. And just the idea of an exit interview was enough to generate this cartoon.

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Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website,