Legal and practical issues addressed at exit interview
since I believe it is pointless
You may be incorrect.
An exit interview is often the time when the Human Resources department will cover important legal and practical issues.
- You likely will sign a formal agreement about your precise date-time of separation.
- You will discuss returning any company-owned equipment (tools, keys, laptop, mobile phone, etc.).
- They will remind you of your obligations under any non-compete agreement if you had signed one.
- They may explain compensation policies about cashing out accrued vacation time, and how your final paycheck will be handled such as where you want it mailed.
- Information and documents are conveyed relating to stock options, pensions, and retirement accounts.
- In the United States, they will explain signing up for continuing insurance coverage under COBRA.
So attending the exit interview is quite beneficial to you. This is the opportunity to wrap up all these legal and practical matters as quickly and simply as possible.
Take all the time you need to read through any documents that they ask you to sign. Do not feel rushed. If you are at all uncomfortable with any document, or do not understand it, explain that you cannot sign at the moment, and ask for a copy to take with you. Then you can study further, or consult an attorney or such.
As others have said, you may be invited to give feedback about your experience with the job and company. And as others cautioned, this is a fruitless formality that should be kept short with a polite simple statement. This part may take less than one minute.
The HR person does not really care about the motivations for your departure, so there is no grilling or interrogation. They just need to tick some box in their HR software form. Generally, you are under no obligation to provide them any feedback or commentary. So one of those boxes on that form will be “No comment”, and you may choose that option.
If you have any pending or potential legal issues with the company, check with your attorney as to what to say or not say during the exit interview meeting.