Your annual or bi-annual appraisal shouldn’t be an occasion to dread, but rather an opportunity where you can discuss recent achievements and what you feel works and doesn’t work in your job.

Your appraisal should give you the chance to openly review previously agreed objectives and to set new ones for the year/months ahead with your line manager.

A golden opportunity

It’s vital that your appraisal should be conducted as a two-way discussion where you can speak honestly about your position, aspirations and potential growth within the company.

An appraisal is also the ideal time to push for possible training and career development opportunities.

We’ve outlined some key tips for you to keep in mind as appraisal time approaches:

  • Set your own objectives in advance and be clear on what you want to get from the appraisal process.

  • Be positive and upbeat. Give a brief but sincere account of your actions and achievements since your last appraisal.

  • Keep records of your achievements and successes. Also jot down any incidents when your achievements received praise or merit.

  • Study your last appraisal and ensure you have met its objectives and can address any issues that might arise.

  • Research and gather information on possible courses you would like to take with a view to future career development.

  • Listen to criticism. An appraisal is an ongoing process so, even if you disagree with what is being suggested, you need to respond in a positive manner.

  • Try to keep the subject on you, your contribution to the company and your future in a relaxed and non-confrontational manner.

  • Follow up on decisions and objectives made during the process. Make sure you get what you were promised.

  • Keep a signed copy of your latest appraisal for future reference.