Stay Interview


Definition: a Stay Interview is a conversation conducted by a manager (typically by an HR manager) with a current employee, in which questions are asked regarding why he/she continues to work for the organization. These interviews can be taken as structured one-on-one discussions intended to identify specific actions that can enhance and strengthen employees' engagement, commitment and employee retention.

Stay interviews can also be considered to be an antidote to Exit Interviews in that they show that employers appreciate the loyalty and contributions of the valued employees whereas exit interviews are usually conducted too late—when the employee has already submitted a resignation letter.


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