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Self-evaluation for Performance Review

Medha Godbole Jul 25, 2020

A self-evaluation for performance review can really be a tight rope walk, since you have to look at yourself neutrally, analyzing your work. Here is some more explaination regarding this topic.
Has anyone ever asked you how do you perceive yourself? Was it difficult to answer this or was it really easy?
If it was difficult, it might be the case that you perhaps are not able to look at yourself objectively, or have not given it a thought. If it was easy, that means you know yourself and can look at yourself objectively.
In today's world, you cannot afford to not know yourself, your strengths and weaknesses.
It is going to be a big help in the corporate world where you may be asked to evaluate your performance yourself, as employee evaluation is an important aspect in the professional arena. You have to balance between correctly portraying what you have been really good at as well as areas where you might have lagged behind.

Why is This Necessary?

To start off, evaluating yourself leads an employee to concurrent introspection, which in turn helps the employee to assess his progress, review goals and delve on job, career, and growth. 
Moreover, it is a stock taking of sorts of an employee's quality and quantity of work by himself, goals and performance enhancement, and future plans for career growth.

How to Write an Effective and Powerful Self-evaluation?

Step 1

Reserve some part of your day for this work. Ensure that no matter what happens, you work on evaluating yourself, and try and finish the whole process in a week.
Mention your accomplishments objectively, where you think you have contributed to the company. Anything which you might have done going out of the way for your company will be a good idea to add here in the appraisal.

Step 2

If you have worked really hard (please be honest here) for the company, then have no qualms about praising yourself. At the same time, be humble. Usage of strong action verbs like produced, received, managed, created, and so on will have a positive impact.

Step 3

Have a clear description of your job responsibilities and mention your nature of daily work. If you worked on a project, state precisely if you handled it solo or as a part of the team. 
If it was the latter, describe about your effective communication skills, team adaptability, and focus on achievement of objectives.

Step 4

Pen down major achievements for the company. Let this reflect that you can apply your knowledge to your best abilities and do your job well. If your small contribution has augured well, mention it.

Step 5

Have a good detailing of your overall performance, including your strengths, future aims, growth and development.
If somewhere down the line, you feel your skills are not being utilized to the fullest, may be you can put a word related to being involved in a project or a job responsibilities which you would find more challenging.

Step 6

To conclude, state what you can do and have done towards the growth of the company and create new and more business opportunities.
Don't forget to mention goals - what are they and how can they be achieved. Also mention how will it affect your job.
To perform self-evaluation for a positive performance review, all you need is to be honest and objective. At the same time, don't hesitate on giving yourself the due credit where it needs to be!
After all, at the end of the day, in such a review, a little bit of self obsession and promotion would not be such a bad idea! Good Luck!