33 Self-Evaluation Questions (Plus How To Make Your Self-Evaluation Meaningful)

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated February 26, 2021 | Published October 27, 2020

Updated February 26, 2021

Published October 27, 2020

If your company performs formal employee reviews, they likely include a self-evaluation as part of the process. Self-evaluations can help employees take a closer look at their own work performance and identify the best strengths, as well as areas for improvement. Reading through a list of self-evaluation questions can help you feel prepared for the types of questions your company may ask during a review. In this article, we share a list of self-evaluation questions, tips for how to make self-evaluations meaningful and what you should do about areas that need improvement.

What are self-evaluation questions?

Self-evaluation questions are questions specifically designed to help you review your own performance in the workplace. These questions usually are designed to promote reflection and encourage employees to spend time considering what they want to accomplish within their careers.

Self-evaluation questions

Here are different types of self-evaluation questions you could include in an employee self-evaluation:

Questions about the job

These questions are designed to help the employee review aspects of their own job:

  1. Review your job description. Are there any areas of the job that take additional time or that you no longer do?

  2. Describe the responsibilities you've taken on or the challenges you've experienced since your last performance evaluation.

  3. What do you like the most about your current position?

  4. What aspects of your job would you most like to change or eliminate and why?

Questions about performance

These questions are designed to help employees reflect on their job-related performance:

  1. What were your primary objectives in your role and to what extent do you feel you achieved them?

  2. What are three things that you did well within the last three months? Why do you believe you were successful?

  3. Where do you think your skills would add the greatest amount of value? Are there any specific areas or projects?

  4. Give an example of a difficult situation that you handled well as the strengths that you used to achieve that end result.

  5. How would you rate your performance since last checking in with your manager? Why do you give yourself that rating?

  6. What is your greatest achievement from the last three to six months?

  7. What goals do you wish you had accomplished since your last evaluation but didn't?

  8. Is there anything that would have helped you accomplish those goals? If so, what?

  9. What work are you performing outside the scope of your current role?

  10. What job-specific goals would you like to accomplish during the upcoming evaluation period?

  11. What steps can your manager take to help you reach those goals?

  12. What can the organization do to help you achieve your goals?

Professional development questions

These questions are designed to help employees think about what areas they want to develop professionally:

  1. What are one or two examples of ways in which you've grown professionally within the last evaluation period?

  2. Do you feel that you spend enough time and resources on your own professional development? Please explain why you feel you did or didn't.

  3. What career growth or professional goals do you hope to accomplish in the next three years?

  4. What support and resources can the company provide to help you accomplish those goals?

  5. What professional goals could you set that could help you improve your performance within your current role?

  6. What specific skills would you like to develop within the coming evaluation period?

Questions to encourage growth

These questions are designed to encourage personal accountability and growth:

  1. Did you work as hard as you could have? If not, why?

  2. Did you set and maintain high standards for yourself? If not, why?

  3. Do you feel that you spent the time to perform quality work?

  4. Did you successfully regulate distractions and procrastination in order to complete your work?

  5. Did you make the best use of the tools, equipment, people and other resources that are available to help you succeed in your role?

  6. Did you ask questions when you needed help?

  7. Did you review your work for errors consistently?

  8. Did you review the best practices for performing your work?

  9. Are you proud of your work? Would you show it to others?

Questions about behavior and values

These questions are intended to help the employee reflect on their performance and how it aligns with company values:

  1. Do you feel that you embody company values? If so, which ones?

  2. Did you consistently deliver on your work-related commitments?

Tips for how to make self-evaluations meaningful

Here are some suggestions for how you can make your employee self-evaluation as meaningful as possible:

Focus on your long-term career plan

While your self-evaluation is partially about your current role, it should also be focused on your professional development and long-term career plan. Take the time to consider where you want to go professionally in your career and then evaluate the skills and possibly certifications that would allow you to achieve those goals. As part of the evaluation process, you should discuss your career progression with your manager and set tangible expectations.

Maintain an ongoing dialogue

Mapping out where you want your career to go is an important first step. However, you should also use the self-evaluation to create an ongoing dialogue with your manager about your career path as it relates to the business. For example, you could check with your manager to identify the companies biggest priorities and whether there's anything in particular that you should be focusing on. You may also want to ask your manager if there is anything you can do to make their job easier.

Remain positive

The majority of your self-evaluation should be positive comments, with a small portion dedicated to areas you could improve upon or further develop. Within that section, you should also develop a plan for how you want to improve in those areas during the upcoming review period. The entirety of the evaluation should be focused on your own performance, achievements and professional development.

Ask how the evaluations are used

It's important during the employee evaluation process to ask how the self-evaluations are being used by the company. For example, you should find out whether they are being linked to promotions or bonuses and who they will be shared with. This can help you understand the tone you should use within the evaluation and the level of detail you should include.

What to do about areas that need improvement

As mentioned above, a small portion of your self-evaluation should be dedicated specifically to areas where you could improve your performance. Here are the steps you should take to improve your performance in those areas:

Request training

After outlining the specific areas where you need to grow to perform better in your role or advance professionally, you should provide a specific plan for how you will improve. Identify specific training that supports your professional development, whether it's a training course or attending a conference. As you review your evaluation with your manager and discuss the next steps you want to take, you should bring up the training with your manager.

Ask for mentoring and guidance

A great way to maintain an open dialogue with your manager after your review is to schedule a regular time to meet with them for guidance, additional feedback or mentoring. Talk to your manager about meeting monthly to review your performance on an ongoing basis. Not only with this demonstrate to them that you're being proactive in improving your performance in the workplace, but it will also provide regular accountability and feedback, which can have a big impact on your overall performance.

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