Looking for Performance Review Questions? Here are some of the Best Questions to Ask

Looking for more ways to optimize or enhance your performance review? 

Key to success of performance reviews is knowing what it takes to engage your employees.

Gallup’s Q12 boils down performance management into 12 core statements:

  1. I know what is expected of me at work.
  2. I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right.
  3. At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day.
  4. In the last seven days, I have received recognition or praise for doing good work.
  5. My supervisor, or someone at work, seems to care about me as a person.
  6. There is someone at work who encourages my development.
  7. At work, my opinions seem to count.
  8. The mission or purpose of my company makes me feel my job is important.
  9. My associates or fellow employees are committed to doing quality work.
  10. I have a best friend at work.
  11. In the last six months, someone at work has talked to me about my progress.
  12. This last year, I have had opportunities at work to learn and grow.

Performance reviews have a bigger impact when they’re relevant to what’s going on in employees’ daily work rather than off-the-shelf, one-size-fits-all. 

Asking them questions and ensuring they can do the things listed in the 12 statements above allows managers and their team members to communicate and engage well together.

The Best Self Evaluation Questions for Employees

Employee evaluation questions are a key element of the self-assessment process. These questions provide an opportunity to compare an employee’s evaluation of their own performance against how their manager perceives their work.

Some self-evaluation questions could include:

  1. What are some things I do well?
  2. How could I improve? 
  3. What would have the greatest impact on my ability to do my best work more often? 

10 More Performance Review Questions

You will need to include customised questions that speak to your specific teams and business challenges.

Here are ten questions you may consider incorporating into your performance reviews:

  1. How is your quality of work? Please share 1-2 examples.
  2. How do you demonstrate a focus on customer/client success? Please share 1-2 examples.
  3. How do you demonstrate that you are solution-oriented and responsive? Please share 1-2 examples.
  4. What special projects have you worked on this past quarter/6-months?
  5. What is one recent project that you have made significant contributions to and how did you contribute?
  6. What experience, project, or action are you most proud of since the last review?
  7. What do you hope to be doing within the company one year from now? What about five years from now? What do you want your next position to be at this company?
  8. Looking back, how has your manager helped you improve and do your best work? Please share 1-2 examples.
  9. Going forward, what do you need from your manager to better support you in your role?
  10. Do you feel comfortable approaching your manager? Why or why not?