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Why you should ‘lie like hell’ in an exit interview and say only nice things about your boss, according to a careers expert


You’ve finally had enough of your manager and joined the record number of people quitting their jobs.

You want to leave a good impression, so you continue showing up, working hard, and ensuring the handover goes as smoothly as possible. Then a member of the HR team requests an “exit interview” to ask why you’re leaving.

What should you say during the interview?

If you want to leave on good terms, “say only nice things,” even if it means you have to “lie like hell,” said Robbie Abed, the author of the 2017 book “Fire Me I Beg You: Quit Your Miserable Job (Without Risking it All).”

“So many people think that they’re going to be the hero on the way out. The reality is that if you wanted to make a change within a company, you would have done it while you were there,” Abed said in a recent interview with Insider.

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