Whilst it’s common for employers to conduct an exit interview when one of their employees decides to leave the company, a new type of interview is slowly making its way into the workplace. This is better known as the ‘Stay Interview.’ 

Typically, a stay interview is an informal conversation between an employer and the employee. This interview focuses on what motivates the employee to continue working for the business, if they feel anything could be improved and what they envisage the next stage of their career to look like.  

If you are considering implementing this style of interview into the workplace, it’s important to make sure that you are asking the right questions.

So, what questions should you ask at a Stay interview?


Here are four questions you could ask at a stay interview: 


1. What is the best part of your job? 

It’s common for people to prefer a certain part of their job over another. You can use this information to allow your employee to complete work they enjoy more often. 


2. What excites you to come into work?

This answer might vary from employee to employee. If you spot a trending pattern of things that excite your employees to come into work, you can make sure that this continues. This will improve the overall moral in the workplace.


3. Is there anything you dread about coming into work?

The same thing goes for this question, but the opposite way around. If you notice a trend between your employees answers to this question, it’s probably time to take action.


4. What would tempt you to leave the company?

Whilst this might feel like a negative question to ask your employees, it’s important to know the answer to this question. A situation that makes someone think of leaving will want to be avoided.


Conducting a stay interview will make your employees feel well supported and that their overall wellbeing is a priority. This allows for any problems to be discussed and solved before they escalate, or work achievements to be recognised and celebrated.

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