Participating in Your Own Performance Review: Tips for Employees
The Pre-review Checklist and Preparing for the Review
- the job description and performance standards*
- objectives set from the review period
- your own documentation notes, status reports, or self-assessment
- Before preparing your self-assessment documentation, take a moment to:
- list your main areas of responsibility
- areas you have done well
- areas you need to improve
- what you need from your supervisor to do a better job
- Remember to:
- Be comprehensive, but concise and specific. ["I believe flexibility is one of my performance strengths. This is demonstrated in the way I handled the constantly changing priorities during Fiscal Close in June."]
- Be as objective, honest, and realistic as possible.
- Compare your performance to the expectations, standards, and objectives that were set.
Writing it down and putting it all together
- What are your major accomplishments?
- What could you have done better?
- Do you understand what is expected of you? Are performance standards and work rules clear?
- What training or professional development do you need?
- Would you like to see your responsibilities change? How? Why?
- What career goals do you have? What do you need to attain those goals?
- How are relationships going with your co-workers? What could they do to help you perform your job better?
- What could your supervisor do to help you perform your job better?
*Standards are SMART: Specific; Measurable; Attainable; Relevant; Timely. Do you have Performance Standards for your job? If not, ask your supervisor about them.