Many employees are fearful of self-review time, because assessment and rating of one’s own performance could not be a comfortable task. However, with some preparation, honesty and a few useful tips, the self-review process could become more productive but also not so challenging as expected.
1. You should get ready through the review period by listing and documenting all the achievements and contributions you have already made. In addition, you should also cover dates as well as notes on results.
2. You had better review directions ahead of self-review process, for example, the directions illustrated in an employee handbook. If you have any doubts or there is no handbook to look at, then you should go see your supervisor or human resources manager for advices. It is strongly recommended that you should get enough information about the process as much as possible in advance.
3. When you examine the way in which you have fulfilled your job’s requirements, you should have a better understanding of the expectations from your supervisor. By doing so, you should have a careful study of your job description. You should examine what you have achieved in your past performances in regard to further improvement, problem solving ability as well as satisfactorily meeting your job requirements.
4. If necessary, you should consult with the co-workers you trust for their advice, for instance, one of your co-workers might remind you of an accomplishment you overlooked or an example of beyond-the-call performance.
5. It is necessary to have plenty of time to write out the self-review. If you do it in a hurry, you would be offhand about ratings and accomplishments, thus reflecting your credibility in a worse way.
6. As for the self-assessment, you should be always honest. Never rate yourself too high or too low. If you are not outstanding in some areas, just rate yourself at a “meets expectations” level. But, if you are really good at in an area or two, then you should offer yourself appropriate credits. In addition, even if you think you have not done so well in a certain area, try to avoid rating yourself too low, because, generally speaking, a mistake and reprimand should not overshadow your other work in that area for the whole year.
7. When you prepare the self-review, remember to keep a positive, constructive attitude. To be overly critical of yourself or make too much emphasis about the downside of your performance would bring no good to you. Furthermore, you should admit your weaknesses while requesting for more training or coaching as expected.
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