Exit interviews: a look at an important but seldom discussed human resources responsibility

In the dynamic landscape of modern organisations, the departure of employees presents a unique opportunity for reflection and improvement. Exit interviews have emerged as a valuable tool for facilitating open discussions between departing employees and human resources  representatives. 

Although there is a substantial body of literature on carrying out exit interviews, a literature scan conducted by the author turned up nothing focused on policy research organisations or think tanks more specifically.

This publication aims to address this gap in the literature by providing guidance to institutes interested in establishing a structured exit interview process as an alternative to ad hoc practices when an employee decides to leave. Additionally, it seeks to assist policy research organisations already implementing exit interviews by exploring strategies to enhance their effectiveness, with a specific focus on research staff.