Questions to ask in a Stay Interview

(Note: these questions are not intended to be a programmatic “list” or prescribed set/order.  Browse through the questions to get some ideas of what topics to cover, then pick the ones that you feel are most in line with your own leadership style.)

1.     Overall/General

Purpose/passion or “life” type questions:

  • What are you passionate about?
  • What’s your dream job?
  • What motivates (or demotivates) you?
  • If you won the lottery and didn’t have to work, what would you do? What would you miss about working here?
  • What did you love in your last position that you’re not doing now?
  • What do you think about on your way to work?
  • Do you feel that you are part of a bigger vision and mission? Why or why not?
  • Do you believe that your work has meaning?
  • Do you respect the amount and kind of leadership that you receive from the senior managers?

 

2.     Current Work Situation

 ‘Satisfaction’ and ‘Annoyances’:

  • If you had a magic wand, what would be the one thing you would change about your work, your role and your responsibilities?
  • If you changed your role completely, what would you miss the most?
  • What things would you like to change about your team or department?
  • How happy are you working here on a scale of 1-10 with 10 representing the most happy?
    • What would have to happen for that number to become a 10?
  • What contributes the most to your job satisfaction?  What would make your job more satisfying?
  • What talents are not being used in your current role?
  • What would you like to learn here?
  • Have you ever thought about leaving the company? If so, what caused you to consider leaving? Why did you decide to stay?
  • Have you actively job searched in the past year? Why were you thinking of leaving?
  • Do you feel that you have the necessary control over your job to perform most successfully and productively?
  • What things would you like to start or stop doing?
  • Do you have suggestions about how we can improve as an organization?
What about your job makes you want jump out of bed and come to work? What about your job makes you want to hit the snooze button?
What makes for a great day at work? What’s bothering you most about your job?
What do you like most about working here?

What do you look forward to when you come to work each day?

What do you like least about working here?
What keeps you working here? What might tempt you to leave?
What do you like most about working in our organization? What do you like least about working in our organization?
What do you want to keep the same about your job? What would you like to change about your job?

Manager-specific questions:

  • What do you feel are your specific strengths at work?  How can I help you build on those?
  • What can I do to best support you?
  • What can I do more of (or less of) as your manager, to help you succeed?
  • How do you like to be recognized?  What kind of recognition would be meaningful to you?
  • How can we work together to make your work more meaningful?
  • What type of feedback would you like to receive about your performance that you are not receiving now? From me? From coworkers?
  • What style of communication and leadership do you respond to best?
  • What kind of coaching and guidance would you like from me?
  • What skills and talents would you like to contribute every day?
  • What new things would you like to learn this year?
  • How are we helping you learn and further develop your skills?
  • What are your current job and career goals? What can I do to support your goals?
  • As your manager, what can I do to help you be more successful and happier at work?
  • Is there anything else that is important to you that we did not cover during this meeting?

 

3.     Future Work Situation

  • What would you like to work on in the future?
  • What would you like to learn?
  • What projects might be interesting to you?
  • What other departments would you like to learn about, or spend time with?
  • Are there other areas in the company that you would want to transfer to, in a “next career move”?
  • As you look forward, what will be important to keep you engaged in the future?

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  1. Pingback: Leadership: Building Trust through Stay Interviews | Real. Simple. Leadership.

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