“Performance appraisal”, 2 small words, yet with such big effect that they influence employees all over the world! And it is this time of the year, December-January that performance appraisals take place for the past year, and preparations for the coming year, 2012, get planned.
Whether you are at the doorstep of your current appraisal, or have just finished it and are planning for the upcoming one, or even if your company (and how many of them are like that in the Middle East!) does not perform performance evaluations, but you want to ask your manager for a raise or promotion, then you definitely need to be well prepared! Following are some key tips that will help you be prepared for your performance appraisal, with the following..
1- Be Prepared: saw that coming, right? well what does being prepared actually mean? sit down on your own few days before your appraisal, and write down all the accomplishments (at least key ones) that you have performed last year. Do a self appraisal! List all the topics you wish to discuss and that you feel will help you look at your best. Make it a habit for upcoming appraisals to keep track (write down on a notebook) of all accomplishments you make during your work. The more detailed, the better. To view some of the performance form samples that are used across companies, check out our downloads section for few samples.
2- Get Other’s Feedback: you should always come equipped with other’s feedback and recommendations. Try to get such feedback and recommendations from people you have been working with. It’s even useful if you leave the company, so keep them in that same notebook.
3- Be Confident: make sure to answer your manager’s questions with confident tonality and ready answers, (you are prepared right?) and explain how and why you did your last year’s work. If this is a written assessment, then show your confidence in your writing style and the level of details you include.
4- Enlist Challenges: in addition to preparing what you have excelled at, another list you need to prepare would be challenges you have faced during last year. Make sure to highlight these to your manager and show how you were able to overcome them.
5- Give Feedback: this is the right time to give feedback, about the company, your relationship with your colleagues, with the team, but don’t make it personal. Keep in mind the purpose is to help improve or resolve issues, not make things worse and put the blame on others.
6- Praise Your Manager: of course if he does deserve the praise, and if he was helpful to you for making your work experience as successful as needed.
7- Avoid Becoming Defensive: acting in a defensive manner always pushes others to become offensive! So don’t act in a defensive way, accept criticism with good heart and listen to what is being said.
8- Ask For Advise: seek out the help of your appraiser to know how you can improve. What skills you need to work on to succeed and move along your career path, or even to get that raise you’ve been waiting for!
9- Prepare Goals: highlight what you are already doing to improve on your weaknesses, and what you think will be your next year’s objectives in light of your manager’s advise.
Good luck! and do share with us what you think would be other useful tips to be ready for a performance appraisal!