Appraisal Meeting Dos and Don'ts


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Learn and understand the does and don'ts of an appraisal meeting and avoid making mistakes that could stop you
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Appraisal Meeting Dos and Don'ts

  1. 1. Appraisal meeting dos and don’ts from
  2. 2. Appraisal meeting dos & don’ts Do Bring relevant data to back up the success of your work. Address any outstanding issues from your last appraisal, and give a status update for on-going projects.Don’tDon’t treat the appraisal lightly or use it for idlechat. It’s a formal process meant to evaluate yourwork performance, and it can lead to decisionsthat will have a long term impact on your career.
  3. 3. The appraisal meeting begins… Do Let your boss set the tone of the meeting by listening to what they say first. You will gain insight into their line of thinking, which will allow you to focus on issues as they arise. Address any outstanding topics you’d like to cover at the end of your meeting.Don’tDon’t blame others if questioned about a taskyou didn’t complete. Instead, have a preparedexplanation with reasons to back it up. Presentyour case objectively and base it on facts.
  4. 4. Feedback, good or bad, counts. Do If a colleague or client has sent you positive feedback, present their comments to your appraiser. You can even seek testimonials. Be open to constructive feedback; those you have a strong relationship with will be happy to support you.Don’tIf you are given negative feedback, refrain fromdisplaying emotions. Ask for specific examples so youcan address the issue in future. Focus on solutions,and ask your boss to work with you to make positivechanges.
  5. 5. Demonstrate your worth. Do If you’re requesting training, give an example from your work where extra skills would help you. Be careful not to give the impression that you can’t handle higher-level tasks.Don’tAvoid slumping or crossing your arms. Everything aboutyou will be evaluated, including your body language.Make eye contact, sit up straight, and slightly lean in toyour appraiser; you’ll appear interested and engaged.
  6. 6. Preparation for the future is key.Appraisals can be a nerve-wracking experience,but if you take the process seriously by preparingin advance, you’ll make a great impression onyour boss, which can influence the course of yourcareer.DoThe appraisal is the appropriate time to discusspromotions. Your manager needs to know howyou want to progress so they can help with yourgoals. Discuss the steps you need to take to bepromoted to your ideal role.
  7. 7. Progressing your career.Your performance review plays an important partin the promotion system as it paints a clear pictureof your development in the company, and allowsfor you and your manager to map out where youwant to go next.
  8. 8. Next steps for your career.At the end of your appraisal, you should have a clearidea of where you want to go, and what goals youneed to achieve in order to get there. Do Have a list of your goals, timelines for each one, and an understanding of your employer’s expectations. Keep track of your progress on each task; this will give you the key points to discuss in your next performance review.
  9. 9. For more tips on how to plan your career, and for the latest human resources jobs …… visit
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