Performance Appraisal Training Courses – Opening the Appraisal and Questioning the Candidate

This one-day appraisal course will teach delegates how to raise the motivation of employees and improve performance through setting objectives; giving effective feedback and praise. Our performance management course also provides tips and techniques for managing conflict in appraisals as well as showing delegates how to write effective performance reviews quickly, easily and effectively.  Delegates who have taken our appraisal courses have gone on to see a dramatic increase in staff performance through applying the strategies they have learnt in the art of ‘appraising employees successfully’.


Opening the Appraisal and Questioning the Candidate:


You are appraising a member of your staff, Janine, who has been with the organisation for just over one year, having joined straight from college where she had completed a business and finance qualification.

On the whole, you are quite happy with her performance as an accounts assistant. She is bright, picks things up quickly and is easy-going; other staff members within the department like her as a person.

However, in the last two months she has been showing signs of boredom. She has been late on several occasions and has been sullen when this has been raised. Her work is not as accurate as it was; she has made several silly mistakes – and last week went home without completing some records you were waiting to consolidate. This caused you a major headache.

You are about to carry out Janine’s annual appraisal.

(a) Prepare for this appraisal by identifying how you will open and structure the interview.





(b) Prepare the questions you will ask.





c) Find someone who you will role-play with, one of you playing the role of Janine and one of you the appraiser.





Performance Appraisal Training Courses

When it comes to employee performance appraisals, setting SMART objectives and giving constructive feedback are essential skills for any manager and our appraisal training courses show delegates how to carry out appraisal and performance reviews successfully.

Course Dates

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Who will benefit from the course?

Our appraisal training seminars enable delegates to understand the processes which will make them more effective and increase their confidence and sense of achievement. Anyone who needs to master the principles and practices of an effective performance review; including senior/junior managers, supervisors, training/hr managers, directors, administrative and technical staff.

What will delegates learn?

  • how to structure the interview
  • how to build rapport and relax the appraisee
  • how to avoid appraisal pitfalls
  • how to praise and criticise constructively
  • how to pre-empt and handle difficult situations
  • how to complete the appraisal form clearly and objectively
  • how to ensure great performance is maintained after the appraisal

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