How can I politely decline to answer an exit interview question?

Do not be pressured to answer every exit interview question. Remember that your exit interview is part of your permanent record and may be accessible in the future if other employers contact the company for a recommendation. If a question takes you by surprise, think about your answer and try to phrase it in a cordial business manner. You may opt to pass on certain questions that you feel are too personal or that you cannot answer without seeming unprofessional. Because the exit interview is usually optional, the interviewer is unlikely to press you for answers if you elect to keep quiet.