Here’s How To Prepare For Your First Performance Appraisal

If you are a newbie, here are some things to prepare you for your first appraisal

Here’s How To Prepare For Your First Performance Appraisal
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If you have completed a year at an organisation, it is time to celebrate. But it is also time to sit down and appraise how has been the year gone by. It is the time for the annual appraisal, and you will need to be prepared for the crucial talk with your boss.

Instead of being intimidated by the appraisal talk, it is better to look at it as an opportunity to speak with your boss.

Prepare In Advance

It is better to prepare month in advance for your appraisal meeting. You will need to note down all that you have learnt in the last one year. You will also have to realistically acknowledge your own shortcomings, and how you plan to resolve these. Anuj Roy, Managing Partner, Fidius Advisory, suggests, “You should through a thorough self-assessment of your positives and negatives before you head to the meeting. And consider your contribution within the larger organisational framework, not limiting your perspective only to your daily work routine.”

Often people feel that you can expect a great appraisal if you have stayed back late, sent a late-night mail or skipped meals. But ultimately, work speaks for itself. Vinayak Garg, CEO & Founder of Zest.Md, says, “You can expect a structured and logical discussion if you go prepared. There should be clarity about expectation between you and organisation.”

Focus On Work

During the performance appraisal, the focus should be on work, and not remuneration. This is a great opportunity to highlight how you can contribute towards organisational goals. You should also be able to show what all you have learnt in the last one year, and how you plan to work further. Vinayak adds, “If you give an ultimatum to quit if the salary is not increased, you are arguing from a point of disadvantage. If you plan to continue working in the organisation, then not discussing salary directly actually gives you a leverage. You can talk about it after they have made an offer of appraisal.”

In ‘Friends’, Rachel reminds her boss that she is a good secretary when her boss ruins her prospects for a better position
In ‘Friends’, Rachel reminds her boss that she is a good secretary when her boss ruins her prospects for a better position

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Prospects Of Growth

You should also be able to showcase your skills, and how they are aligned to organisational goals. Vinayak adds, “If the company is planning to fill in a position for a specific skill, and if you can learn that skill, then you have a position of advantage, by saving them the cost of that position. This especially happens in the field of technology, if you can learn a new computer language.”

Having a logical dialogue, with focus on your work and skills, works better during a performance appraisal, then basing your argument on only salary. Aditya Mishra, Director and CEO of CIEL HR Services, adds, “Remove bias towards the process and the boss because this bias could come on the way of your listening and professional development. You need to win and hence, the attitude to listen to the feedback and consider the inputs seriously is essential.”

These approaches will help you prepare for a great performance appraisal.