How to Rate Yourself on an Employee Appraisal


The self-evaluation portion of an employee appraisal can be a good chance for you to help your manager and others who see your evaluation have confidence in you--but only if you treat your employee self-evaluation with respect. If you put no effort into creating an accurate picture of how you see your own performance, your manager may not feel he can help you improve. He will find it difficult to invest in your future if he thinks you do not take yourself and your job performance seriously.

  • Make notes of your accomplishments throughout the year as the year goes on. Write down any mistakes you make, how you were able to identify your error, what you did to correct the error and what you learned from it. Include dates of when these happened and the names of any clients that were involved.

  • Analyze the self-evaluation form, and ask your manager any questions you have about it. For example, if there is no place on the form to write comments, ask if you can submit a separate sheet of written comments with your appraisal.

  • Make an honest assessment of yourself using the scale given on the form. Refer to your notes, and before you fill in this and any other part of the self-evaluation form, give it as much objective thought as possible.

  • Ask a coworker that you trust and that you do a significant amount of work with to help you review your answers on your appraisal, and make notes on his input. Make your appraisal as honest an evaluation as possible; to do that, you need the input of an objective third party who is familiar with your work.

  • Look over the final document to make sure you have filled it in completely and that you are comfortable with your assessment. Your self-evaluation may be used in a performance appraisal meeting, so be very familiar with what you have written before you submit it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Honesty will get you further with a self-evaluation than trying to build yourself up with what you know to be false answers. If your evaluation varies greatly from your manager's opinion, he may lose confidence in your abilities to be objective enough about yourself to work toward improvement.

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