Many companies will not conduct an exit interview if you leave voluntarily, whether it is for a better fresh graduate job or just because you decide not to work there anymore. However, you can request one. The problem with exit interviews, as most companies view them, is that they aren’t likely to get real information and if they do, they might suspect you’re working up to filing a lawsuit against them. It can be a tricky decision to opt for an exit interview, even if you have real issues you want to discuss.
Assessing the Pros and Cons of an Exit Interview
Before you clamor for an exit interview, go over what might happen if you decide to lay out claims that your boss was a bully or harassed you in any way in your entry level job. You may get the following to happen if you do file a complaint upon leaving with Human Resources (HR):
They Monitor the Boss More Closely - While they may fire the individual upon further research, they will need more than just your word to fire a supervisor. They may opt to wait for the next complaint.
They May Launch a Formal Investigation - If your allegations are about illegal behavior or something that puts the company at risk, they may decide to launch a formal investigation. After that, it can be hard to manage your reputation.
They May Do Nothing - They may file your complaint as you getting things off without doing much because they’re not proactive or believe your boss when he tells them you’re incompetent or a liar.
Normally, you have a duty to notify Human Resources (HR) if illegal things are taking place in the company. Just remember that HR and your boss hold the key to your future job references. You can always look for fresh grad jobs online at boards like FirstJob.com, and do without all the drama.