Self-Assessment Examples by Job Title

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Performance evaluations are regularly occurring retrospectives that happen between managers and workers to ensure they speak to ways to improve. These evaluations often contain a celebration of successes as well. These assessments serve as an opportunity for managers and workers to set goals together. These goals can be individual, team-related, and company-related.

When performance evaluation time comes around (normally an annual basis), your manager may ask you to perform a self-evaluation. These are assessments where you have an opportunity to speak to six main topics: your strengths, your weaknesses, your core values, your accomplishments, and your feedback.

Sections Within Your Self-Evaluation and What They Mean

Your Strengths

Your strengths section is an opportunity to speak to what you feel makes you a great employee. From your dedication to taking on additional responsibilities or having flexibility. Spend time to reflect on how you feel you’re providing value to your manager, to your team, and the company.

Your Weaknesses

This is the part of the evaluation where you can show vulnerability. Listing no weaknesses is not ideal. Spend time to think about situations or areas where you might be able to improve.

Your Core Values

Core values should be a reassurance to your manager that you believe in certain work culture staples. This would be mentions of teamwork, coordination, cooperation, transparency, team building, relationship building, or any other work culture factors that are conducive to success and results.

Your Accomplishments

Accomplishments is a section where you can reflect and remind your manager about great successes over the past six months or year. Don’t be shy, it’s okay in this section to highlight your achievements and sound confident.

Your Goals

Goals should be company related. Are you wanting to become a manager? Do you see yourself needing more adaptability or flexibility within the workplace? Set goals for yourself that are achievable and of benefit to your team or company.

Your Feedback

Feedback is the section where you get the opportunity to provide your manager ways they can improve. Avoid making this a section where you give contention to your manager. This should be soft feedback and constructive criticism more than an opportunity to suggest strong opinions.

Customer Service Self-Evaluation Example

Strengths
  • I’m dedicated to our team, challenges that customers provide us and willing to listen to all customer concerns.
  • I’m patient, practice empathy, and place myself into the position of our customers in order to drive success.

Weaknesses

Core Values

Accomplishments

Goals

Feedback

Administrative Assistant Self-Evaluation Example

Strengths

Weaknesses

Core Values

Accomplishments

Goals

Feedback

Nurse Self-Evaluation Example

Strengths

Weaknesses

Core Values

Accomplishments

Goals

Feedback

Teacher Self-Evaluation Example

Strengths

Weaknesses

Core Values

Accomplishments

Goals

Feedback

Marketing Self-Evaluation Example

Strengths

Weaknesses

Core Values

Accomplishments

Goals

Feedback

Engineer Self-Evaluation Example

Strengths

Weaknesses

Core Values

Accomplishments

Goals

Feedback

Sales Self-Evaluation Example

Strengths

Weaknesses

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Accomplishments

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Feedback

FAQ’s

What is an employee self-evaluation?

A self-assessment is still a performance review. But one that is performed on behalf of the employee. This is an opportunity for the employee to self-reflect, consider what their strengths and weaknesses are. Self-assessments are important to the growth of the worker and the employer.

How do you write an employee self-evaluation?

1. Take time to consider your career goals and your personal goals within the company.

2. Highlight your accomplishments within your self-evaluation.

3. Mention your core values. These are values that you feel you uphold in the workplace. For example, “never missing a deadline.”

4. Be honest and critical when necessary, assess and mention times where you came up short.

5. Provide your manager opportunities where you can see yourself growing and explain how.

6. Mention that you’ll track your goals in accordance with the self-assessment.

7. Keep your message professional and selfless.

How often are employee self-evaluations performed?

At a bare minimum they should be performed on an annual basis, along with the employee's performance evaluation. More ideally, they are performed every six months to track the employee's progress.

What are examples of goals to write within your self-evaluation form?

1. In terms of professional development and growth, I foresee myself entering into a management position. I’d like to be part of understanding the larger picture of our work and being able to guide my colleagues towards success by providing them the tools necessary to do great work.

2. I’d like to hone in on my adaptability skills. I struggled with being able to adapt to changes in our team earlier this year. I need to stay focused on the wider company objectives and not let change affect me.

What sections should I include as part of my self-evaluation?

There should be six sections included as part of your self-evaluation:

Should I perform a self-evaluation without my manager's permission?

Ideally, you should communicate with your manager regarding your desire to perform a self-evaluation. This will ensure you and your manager follow through with your evaluation and your goals once it’s complete.

How long should self-evaluations be?

Try to keep your self-evaluation to one-page. A self-evaluation that is longer than one-page could make it difficult for our manager to comprehend your message as well as follow-through on your asks within the evaluation.

If you feel you need more room to speak to your mind, try performing an in-person retrospective with your manager to go over areas where you can improve or where you feel feedback is necessary.

My manager didn’t provide me a self-evaluation form, where should I find one?

The best self-evaluation form is simply a Google Document with each section (Strengths, Weaknesses, Core Values, Accomplishments, Goals, Feedback) defined and spoken to. If you’d like a constructive template to start with, Duke University has a simple employee evaluation form which you are free to use.

Does my evaluation need to be bullet points only?

No. If you feel like you’d like to open the conversation with a short paragraph paraphrasing what you’re about to promote or speak to in your bullet points, you can do so. Keep this paragraph to 4 to 5 sentences at the most. Keep it focused on why you are bringing up the points mentioned in your self-evaluation sections.

author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur, Recruiter.com, SparkHire, and many more.

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