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Five ways to write a great self-appraisal

While you can draw attention to some mistakes you made through the year and projects you may have slipped up on, do not focus on it too much.

, ET Bureau|
Feb 19, 2018, 11.25 PM IST
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After writing your self-appraisal, be sure to read over the final draft.
It’s that time of year when companies begin their appraisal cycle, and the process starts with employees documenting their learnings, challenges and accomplishments over the appraisal period. Employees drafting their self-appraisals should take care to provide an overview of high-impact accomplishments, and should be sure to allocate enough time to this important process. ET brings you expert views on how to write a great self-appraisal.

1. Get Basics Right
It is important to be objective while detailing your key accomplishments, says Sonali De Sarker, head of HR, NetApp India. “It should not be a laundry list but provide an overview of your larger achievements. It is best to categorise your accomplishments under each of your goals over the appraisal period,” she says.

2. Include Essential Parts
A good self-appraisal consists of many parts. Some of these include a detailed description of KRAs and the achievements therein, and highlights of the contributions you made, projects you had undertaken, and your specific achievements. “You should also focus on big wins that you directly brought about, your top learnings during the assessment period, and specific training that you require to further your skills over the next year,” says Chhaya Sharma, team lead of human resources, Capital Float.

3. Be Honest
Honesty is imperative while writing a self-appraisal. “This helps in avoiding exaggeration of achievements whilst ensuring that accomplishments aren’t negated from being addressed either,” says Sharma. Be careful not to badmouth others or be defensive, says Ketan Kapoor, co-founder of Mettl.

4. Don’t Focus on Mistakes
While you can draw attention to some mistakes you made through the year and projects you may have slipped up on, do not focus on it too much. “Instead, it is a good idea to keep the attention on your achievements from the appraisal period, and your motivations for the months coming up ahead,” says Kapoor.

5. Do A Final Review
After writing your self-appraisal, be sure to read over the final draft. “Always review it to see what key strengths and accomplishments of yours are emerging and whether it is clear as to how your accomplishments have positively impacted your organisation or team,” says Sarker.
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