How to Prepare for Your Self-Evaluation Performance Review
What Is a Self-Evaluation?
- What do you like most about your position?
- Are there aspects of your job that you would prefer to eliminate or change? If yes, what are they? Why do you feel this way?
- What areas have you excelled in?
- Looking back through the past year, what accomplishments are you most proud of?
- Are there any areas in which you feel you could use more support? If yes, what are they? Can you describe the type of support you feel you could benefit from?
- Are there improvements that the company or department can make that would make your job easier?
- What were your primary objectives for the past year? Do you feel you achieved them?
- Describe your greatest professional achievement from the past six What factors helped you succeed?
- What professional goals do you have for next year? What steps can your manager, your department, and the company take to help you achieve them?
- How would you rate your overall job performance since your last evaluation?
- Provide us with an example of a difficult or challenging situation that you handled well. What steps did you take to achieve a positive end result?
Why Do Businesses Use Self-Evaluations?
- Self-evaluations help open up two-way communication between employees and their managers. If an employee feels they’re being underutilized, self-evaluations can help them relay that.
- Self-evaluations can spur career growth, as they force staff to think about their strengths, weaknesses, and the areas in which they’d like to improve. When employees take time to think about, outline, and define their goals, they feel accountable for accomplishing them.
- Self-assessments allow employees to reflect on their mistakes, accomplishments, and objectives for the future. As the saying goes, you need to know where you’re going before you can map out the path you’ll take to get there.
Tips for Writing a Self-Evaluation Performance Review
- Define your personal brand. Ask yourself what defines you, drives you, and makes you unique. In what ways do you excel over your peers?
- Know your audience. Ask who will be reviewing your self-evaluation. Is it for your manager, department head, or human resources? Will it be used for future consideration for a promotion or pay raise? Identifying your audience can help you fine-tune your answers.
- Keep track of your accomplishments. When it’s time to write a self-evaluation, most people focus on what they’ve accomplished in the past week, month, or quarter. Keep track of your accomplishments throughout the year, so you’ll be prepared to talk about the big deal you closed in February, or how you helped your team develop a creative solution to a problem in June.
- Be specific. Saying you’ve been a valuable employee is one thing. Backing it up with examples of your work, how you helped your team succeed, and metrics is another. Now is the time to highlight specifically what it is that you bring to the company.
- Don’t be afraid to admit your weaknesses, but reframe them as opportunities for growth. No one is perfect, and your company knows that. Don’t be afraid to admit the areas in which you need improvement, and be sure to outline the steps you plan to take to make yourself stronger in those areas.