Instead of stressing out about a job evaluation, take the time to prepare answers for the questions you may be asked. By coming up with answers before the evaluation, you have less of a chance to be caught off guard and will be able to offer thought-out responses that can strengthen a positive evaluation and improve a poor evaluation.
It is good to go into a job evaluation prepared for any questions you may be asked. Leading up to the evaluation, make a list of anytime you have gone above and beyond what was asked of you in your job. Also make a list of any strengths you feel you have as an employee that you can use when answering any questions on the evaluation. Be prepared to answer questions about any failings you may have had that may be brought up in the review so you are not blindsided by any questions.
Questions that are related to performance can include “Where do you feel your strengths lie” and “Name one occasion you have excelled in your job performance.” When answering these questions, take a two-pronged approach. Answer using the strengths you have listed before the evaluation and then say how they factored into your job performance. For example, answer that one strength you possess is leadership and you used that to manage a team through an important project. While you should always call out your own positive performance, also try to incorporate your co-workers into your positive assessment. This shows your evaluator that you are a team player.
When asked negative questions about your performance, your answers should stay focused on the issue, why it happened and how you plan to alleviate the problem in the future. If you are asked about a weakness you have, answer that you could improve you time management, then follow up with a plan, such as organizing your appointments and projects into a schedule where time is allotted based the importance of each task. If you are asked about a specific time when you did not perform your best, mention the time, then explain how it can be handled in the future. Do not place blame on others or refuse responsibility. Own the mistake and set out how you will move forward.
Questions About the Job Itself
During the evaluation you may be asked about how your employer can improve or ideas for making your job easier to handle. Do not take this time to offer grievances about how long you work or needing more time off or longer breaks. Instead, answer truthfully but respectfully. If you work long hours, state that two people working together instead of one can better handle the job. If you feel your managers do not have an open-door policy, say that you would like a more open form of communication because it can increase morale if employees feel that they are being heard. Every idea offered should be backed up by also answering why it is a good idea.