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How to Write a Self Appraisal

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It is important for you to know how you are progressing at work and fulfilling responsibilities in your job. Your supervisor should conduct a performance review at least once a year based on mutual goals and objectives. Many companies also ask employees to complete a self-appraisal. This allows personnel to compare how they believe they performed to their supervisors' impressions. In the best-case scenario, the form that the manager and employee use are the same, and both individuals look at the same set of expectations.

Carefully review your written job description and the list of projects you have completed since the last performance evaluation. If you do not have a job description or it needs to be revised, prepare or edit one with advice and final approval from your supervisor. Objectively rate the success of those projects based on the goals, input from others and your personal satisfaction level. Companies use a variety of different evaluation scales, such as a 1 to 5 range from "needs improvement" to "shows excellent ability," or performance levels from "well above performance" to "meets performance levels" to "way above performance." Do you believe you met or surpassed the intended goals?

Define your personal growth. What abilities and work skills did you gain over the past months? How did you acquire these new capabilities? How will they help you in your present job? In future jobs? Where do you see yourself in the company in a year? In five years? What jobs are you considering for promotion?

List the obstacles you encountered. Perhaps you did not have the right training. Or, an assigned project was not your area of expertise. Maybe you had too little time to successfully complete a demanding project. What could have been done to help you with these obstacles?

State your most noticeable job performance strengths. Which accomplishments have made you feel most proud, and why? When did you exceed goals and objectives? If you have difficulty putting your thoughts into words or feel intimidated when talking with your manager, bring an outline or rough "script" with you into the meeting.

Describe the areas of your performance that need improvement. What can be done to enhance productivity? What personal changes can you make, and how can the company help you improve? How can you continue to improve in order to be assigned goals with greater responsibility?


Keep a personal file and summarize each project when it is completed. Do not rely on memory to answer these questions. Record all your projects when it is review time.


Be as objective as possible about your work and the company. It is too difficult for managers to talk with you in generalities.