Self-Assessment, An Important Tool

Assessing oneself and knowing where you stand with respect to your work life is of utmost importance. This process helps the individual to have a self-made perspective of his/her performance, on the basis of which he/she can plan the way ahead

There is a famous saying which goes as, ‘The best critic for yourself is you’. When an individual decides to make a decision based on his/her assessment, it can turn out to be more accurate than a decision made on an evaluation done by others.

It is the process of gathering information about oneself in order to make an informed career decision and to design a career road map to achieve long-term goals. It also helps individuals to put things in perspective and bring many hidden truths to light where one could improve, both in work and personal life.

Self-assessment has become a critical tool in today’s competitive and fast-running market. If practiced, it can help an individual attain confidence, which will then reflect in his/her work. Self-assessment is critical in one’s professional career, as that is the only way a person can evaluate how he or she stands versus his/her goals. If one would not assess how they are doing, they might end up on the wrong path or not achieve their goals in the time-frame they should have.

When a working professional adopts this particular tool, it makes him/her more aware about their weaknesses and strengths, which in turn, helps in mapping out a good work plan keeping in mind those pointers. Even though many companies in the western countries have adopted the technique of self-evaluation before the final appraisal, Indian companies still have to catch up on this practice. The Indian working professional is not yet confident enough to accept his/her weakness due to the fear of criticism or loss of job. But the HR managers in many Indian companies are turning to the tool of self-evaluation in order to give the employee a better chance to know themselves.

There are different ways through which an individual can adopt the method of self assessment. The best process of self assessment would be the SWOT analysis i.e. strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats. One could also evaluate oneself through key result areas (KRA) and compare the results against Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and they can match the results with their respective work profiles.

SWOT Analysis – Use the SWOT analysis to determine how Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats affect your present situation and future outlook.  This evaluation will help you determine what you do best, i.e. how you can outperform your competitors so that you can further develop your unique position in the company and personal life itself what you have that is better than the rest, your reason for being in the field you are, what are the areas you have expertise in,what are the areas that you have to work open, skills you need to polish. This analysis should also highlight the weaknesses you must overcome to achieve the level of success you seek.

Explore your own self-perception of your strengths, but also put yourself inside a prospective employer’s head as you consider your strong points. Avoid false modesty, but also be brutally honest and realistic with yourself. Start with simply making a list of words that describe you and chances are many of these characteristics consisting of your strengths.

As humans, we find it relatively difficult to identify the areas where we are weak. But this assessment helps to identify areas where we may need to improve. If you identify a skill that you know is in your chosen field, but you are weak in that skill area, you need to take steps to improve that skill. The weak points can also become a threat if proper measures are not taken on time.

Opportunities are generally external.