Performance Appraisal interviews can be extremely stressful for an employee, considering they know the amount of work they’ve put in doesn’t need to be reiterated. And considering the inflation, and the human need for growth, a positive appraisal is imperative.

So if you’ve come here, we understand that you’re a little nervous about the whole process. Fret not, because preparation is key to excelling in such interviews and if you follow these tips to the T, you’ll not do too badly. 

List down your accomplishments and contribution to the company

It’ll help a lot, since it’s tough to remember all that you’ve done from the top of your head (especially when you’re nervous). Preparing a list will also give you a sense of confidence before going into the interview, because you’ll have things to say when you’re asked about why you deserve a raise. 

Prepare a defense for your weaknesses

We’re all human, and there might be certain aspects of the job that you might not be good at. Do tell your manager about the kind of efforts you’ve made to improve on those areas, and how you plan to improve in the future. That said, don’t get too defensive about negative feedback and pick up an argument with your boss, as that will not help your cause one bit. 

Be cool as a cucumber

Even though emotions may run high, and anger or sadness can seem to get the better of you, it’s important to keep a cool head throughout the interview. Remember that you’re only doing business with your manager and it’s critical to maintain a serious tone every time you answer a question or ask one. 

Be prepared with goals that you’ll achieve if given added responsibility

If you want to get promoted or think you deserve a raise, make sure you figure out ways in which you can add value to the organisation. Set goals, and recommend things that you feel will help the organization progress. 

Ask your boss about where he sees you in the years to come

“Where do you see yourself in five years?,” this is a question a lot of managers ask. But it’s a question that employees need to ask too, since you need to know whether you and your manager are on the same page about your future.