Annual appraisal interview: objective, grid

The annual performance review is an opportunity to give constructive feedback and set new objectives, in line with the company’s strategy. It can be based on an evaluation grid for annual performance reviews.

What is an annual appraisal interview?

It provides an opportunity to take stock, mobilize employees and congratulate them on their work. The aim of the annual appraisal is to assess employee performance.

What are the 3 stages of an annual appraisal interview?

This annual appraisal meeting must follow a well-defined procedure, to guarantee its effectiveness.

1 – Employee performance analysis

During the annual performance review, the manager begins by taking stock of the tasks performed. Have the objectives been achieved? A quantified analysis of the results provides an overview of the past year.

2 – Planning new targets

Following this assessment, N+1 sets new objectives and defines related action plans. If necessary, it can offer training courses.

3 – Exchange between manager and employee

According to a study by Apec[1], 7 out of 10 employees feel that this is a useful time for them (71%). Managers and employees can discuss all kinds of topics.

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Example of a professional objective at an annual meeting

For example, for a sales profile, the manager may set a percentage increase in sales, or the opening of X number of new customers.

Good to know! Objectives must be SMART

Using this method, set goals:

  • Specific ;
  • Measurable ;
  • Achievable ;
  • Realistic ;
  • Temporally defined.

Some examples of concluding sentences for an employee annual review

It’s important to end this interview on a positive note:

  • “To conclude this interview, I’d like to thank you for all your hard work. The department is lucky to have a collaborator like you.”
  • “Our exchange is drawing to a close. Is there anything else you’d like to talk about?”
  • “Thank you for the quality of our discussions. I’ll take care of your trainee application for the new school year.”

Example of an annual appraisal grid

3 key points to remember:

  1. The annual appraisal takes stock of the year and looks to the future;
  2. Now is the time to set clear, achievable goals;
  3. The manager can use an evaluation grid to help him/her carry out the interview.

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