Stay interviews are conducted to
help managers understand why employees stay and what might cause them to leave.
In an effective stay interview, managers ask standard, structured questions in
a casual and conversational manner. Most stay interviews take less than half an
Opening the Interview
To open the stay interview, a manager may use the following (or similar)
I would like to talk with you about the reasons you stay with [Company Name] so I understand what I might be able to do to make this a great place to work for you.
I’d like to have an informal talk with you to find out how the job is going so I can do my best to support you as your manager, particularly with issues within my control.
The following are questions you may ask during a stay
interview. You should have several open-ended questions on hand. It’s important
to listen and gather ideas from the employee about how you and your
organization can retain him or her.
What do you look forward to when you come to work each day?
What do you like most or least about working here?
What keeps you working here?
If you could change something about your job, what would that be?
What would make your job more satisfying?
How do you like to be recognized?
What talents are not being used in your current role?
What would you like to learn here?
What motivates (or demotivates) you?
What can I do to best support you?
What can I do more of or less of as your manager?
What might tempt you to leave?
Stay Interviews help you
Warning signs that indicate a key player needs more support or direction
Ways to keep the employees in which you’ve invested the most time and resources
Low-cost changes that could reaffirm your employees’ commitment and engagement
Give our HR Department a call at (210) 344-2088 for more assistance.