Self appraisal is an important part of the Performance appraisal process where the employee themself gives the feedback or their views and points regarding his performance. Usually this is done with the help of a self appraisal form where the employee rates themself on various parameters, tells about their training needs, if any, talks about their accomplishments, strengths, weaknesses, problems faced etc.
- Be honest Always be truthful and honest while telling your accomplishments or failures. Don’t exaggerate your strengths and don’t hide your weaknesses. Don’t make personal judgments for anybody.
- Do the preparation It’s always better to prepare yourself before the meeting. Get all the lists in place, prepare all the evidences and references.
- Be objective Objectivity is important in self – appraisal. Don’t exaggerate or downplay your achievements or failures. Be specific and concise in your statements and if possible support them with examples or references or evidences with dates. For example: “I responded to all queries within 48 hours” is better than just saying “My customer service was good.”
- Positive attitude Have a positive attitude towards the whole appraisal process. Be co-operative. Don’t hesitate from taking the responsibility of your failures as well as the achievements. Demonstrate enthusiasm to improve in future and take all his suggestions calmly. Don’t complain or demonstrate a negative attitude.
- Cover all the aspects Apart from your strengths, weaknesses, accomplishments and failures, express the opportunities you would like have for your development and improvement. Suggest ways to overcome the problems faced. Assess your capabilities, behaviours and skills and competence.
- Seek future responsibilities According to the assessment of the KSA’s according to your job description, plan the short term and long term for the next year. Try to look for tasks beyond your current job responsibilities. This will help in personal development as well as contributing to the organizational productivity.
Self appraisal should ideally include the accomplishments, the goals achieved, the failures, and the personal growth (i.e. new skills acquired, preparation for the future etc.), the obstacles faced during the period, the efforts for removing them, the suggestions, and the areas of training and development felt by the employee.