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Sample questions for performance assessment interviews

These questions can support you and your manager in the preparation and conduct of performance assessment interviews. The list is intended for inspiration and is not exhaustive.

1. Follow-up and the conclusions of the previous performance assessment interview

  • What did you agree on at the previous performance assessment interview and what has been achieved in relation to this?
  • What has not been achieved?
  • Why?
  • How do you view your own efforts over the past year?

2. Tasks, goals and work plans

  • How do you see your work area and your duties in the context of your department's/organisation's goals?
  • Do you have suggestions for changes or improvements to your work routines at the organisational unit? What are they?
  • Are you satisfied with your duties, responsibilities and authority?
  • Alternatively: Do you want it to be clearer?
  • In what areas can you do a better job? Are there any special circumstances that are preventing you from doing this?
  • To what extent are you satisfied with your own efforts?
  • What are you most satisfied with when performing your job?
  • What are you least satisfied with when performing your job?
  • Is the time you spend on the individual tasks what you had planned?
  • What tasks should be emphasised in the coming year?
  • Is the distribution of tasks sensible or should it be changed, if so how?
  • Would you like to have other tasks in the short/long term?
  • What plans and goals are important to set for the next period?

3. Management

  • Do you get the follow-up you need from your manager?
  • How does your manager perform in relation to you and your work situation?
  • In what situations does your manager motivate you and which ones not?
  • Do you have enough time to discuss your work situation and your tasks with your manager?

4. Working environment and collaboration

  • How would you characterise your job situation right now?
  • What do you need to get closer to an ideal situation?
  • What does it look like around you when you feel that your job works well for you and others?
  • How are you getting along in your work?
  • How do you think the last year has been at work?
  • How are you getting along in your division/department/section?
  • What conditions at work have a positive or negative impact on your enjoyment of your work?
  • Are your work premises suitable?
  • Are the resources/work equipment sufficient to perform your job in a sound manner?
  • Is there anything else that has not been addressed that affects your work situation and that you wish to discuss?

4.1 Elaboration questions in case of suspicion of harassment

  • How did you experience the harassment?
  • How are you doing now? 
  • What do you need to talk more about with your manager?
  • How can your manager support you in the best way?
  • Do you wish to submit a formal report of harassment?

5. Competence, professional and personal development

  • What are your strongest sides?
  • What do you wish to become better at?
  • Do you have qualifications/talents that you do not get to utilise in your current position?
  • What areas of your work do you wish to develop? In what areas do you need greater competence?
  • What kind of skills do you need to do a better job?
  • What development measures do you want (courses etc.)?
  • In what areas do you want personal and/or professional development?
  • Does the position provide opportunities for development in the manner you desire?
  • What areas (large and small) do you have special expertise in?
  • Do your colleagues have expertise that you need to make better use of?
  • How can the exchange of competence best take place?

5.1 Additional questions for employees who have turned 60

  • What are your ambitions within the next few years?
  • How do you view your future at the unit/faculty/UiO?
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Published July 14, 2020 9:18 AM - Last modified Aug. 21, 2020 3:21 PM