Various guidelines for self-assessment are as follows:
1. Be Honest
Always be truthful and honest while telling accomplishments or failures. Do not exaggerate the strengths and do not hide the weaknesses. Do not make personal judgments about anybody
2. Do the Preparation
It is always better to be prepared before the meeting. Get all the lists in place; prepare all the evidence and references.
3. Be Objective
Objectivity is important in self-appraisal Do not exaggerate or downplay achievements or failures.
Be specific and concise in statements and if possible support them with examples or references or evidence with dates.
4. Positive Attitude
Have a positive attitude towards the whole appraisal process. Be cooperative. Do not hesitate from taking responsibility for failures as well as achievements.
Demonstrate enthusiasm to improve in the future and take all his suggestions calmly. Do not complain or demonstrate a negative attitude.
5. Cover All the Aspects
Apart from strengths, weaknesses, accomplishments, and failures, express the opportunities you would like to have for your development and improvement.
Suggest ways to overcome the problems faced. Assess your capabilities, behaviors and skills, and competence.
6. Seek Future Responsibilities
According to the assessment of the KSAs according to the job description, plan the short-term and long-term for the next year.
Try to look for tasks beyond the current job responsibilities. This will help in personal development as well as contribute to organizational productivity.
Self-appraisal should ideally include the accomplishments, the goals achieved, the failures, and the personal growth (i.e., new skills acquired, preparation for the future, etc., the obstacles faced during the period, the efforts for removing them, the suggestions, and the areas of training and development felt by the employee.