How to Answer Self-Evaluation Questions

by Tanya Brown; Updated September 26, 2017
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Today, many companies use self-evaluations as an alternative to having bosses assess their employees. According to "The New York Times," getting workers to self-reflect initiates dialogue between management and staff, facilitates employee development and encourages personal growth. If you are used to a boss telling you how well or how poorly you performed, filling out self-evaluation questions can be challenging and introspective as well. Evaluating yourself will empower you by allowing you to take responsibility for your performance and at the same time outline methods of personal and professional improvement.

Step 1

Stay on topic and use preformed replies, if they are available. If you must provide a written answer, avoid rambling or adding information that does not apply to the question.

Step 2

Answer questions honestly. Although you are filling out your own evaluation, keep in mind that your boss is aware of your job performance. Never include statements that are inaccurate or distort the truth. Detail truthfully how you perform your job; report both the good and bad aspects of your job performance.

Step 3

Give thoughtful responses. Be introspective in your self-appraisal. Reflect on your overall performance before filling out your self-evaluation. Never answer questions using the first idea that enters your mind. Think about each question before choosing responding or developing the best and most accurate answer.

Step 4

Demonstrate your ability to learn from your mistakes and move forward in a positive direction. If you have negative responses on your self-evaluation, counteract them with positive statements that show your ability to learn from your errors and correct certain behaviors.

Tips

  • Never leave portions of your self-evaluation blank. Answer each question entirely.

About the Author

Before starting her writing career, Tanya Brown worked as an eighth-grade language arts teacher. She also has a background in nursing, with extensive experience in urology, neurology and neurosurgery clinics. Brown holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and is pursuing her master’s degree in educational psychology.

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