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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

Tough was updated on December 5th, 2020. Learn more here.

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Name one suggested area of improvement from your last performance review.

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Tough Interview

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    Name one suggested area of improvement from your last performance review.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know which area of improvement your current boss has brought up, most recently. You do not need to go into in-depth detail on your performance review. Briefly mention one area that you are looking to improve and what you are doing to implement that constructive feedback. If you do not receive formal performance reviews, you can rely on a conversation or meeting that you have had at work in the last three months or so.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My boss most recently mentioned that she wanted to start grooming me for further leadership opportunities. She gave me some reading material and suggested a few podcasts to listen to as well. I am working on these materials every weekend."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "In my last performance meeting, my boss asked that I start working on becoming an expert on our internal SAP program. He wants me to train our new hires on the program as they come in. I am about an intermediate level now so that it will take some time, but I am already taking some online coursework to strengthen my skills."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "My last performance review covered my future growth with the company. We discussed that my diverse skills could be better utilized. We came to a happy medium by adding on a couple of new responsibilities; however, I cannot see them sustaining my interest for too long."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "My current boss recently mentioned that my knowledge in the latest social media algorithm updates could be stronger. I immediately enrolled myself in some related coursework which has proven very helpful."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I was recently asked by my boss to pump up my sales a little bit. This role is not commission driven; however, we do have some aggressive sales targets. I have registered for a Dale Carnegie sales course which I believe will give me even more confidence on the sales floor."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "My sales targets are always met or exceeded, so my boss recently met with me to ensure that I did not lack motivation by way of fewer and fewer challenges. There is a lot of turnover in our company, so they are extra cautious when it comes to their top performers, like myself. We are working on increasing my budgets so that I am further motivated and challenged."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "In my last review, we discussed my taking on some new courseloads so that I feel rechallenged. I have been feeling slightly complacent in my current position because the curriculum changes are strict, and are rarely approved. I have been here for many years, taking on the same tasks, so it will be nice to see some changes."

      3 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "My boss has given me a new task for me to work on. Such as the equipment request that has to be done once a year. I learned how to do this from another tech, and I am now able to do this independently."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Was this a tough skill to learn? It may be impactful to paint a more complete picture in regards to what it took for you to achieve this task.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "During my most recent performance review, continued education was mentioned. Primarily due to my desire to continue to grow within my company and field. It was suggested that I look at the Educational re-reimbursement plan to start setting a course for attaining a Master degree to get me to the next level in my career."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It's very nice when employers support continued education. Following up on the review - did you take any steps towards this suggestion?

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Network more with managers and leaders outside of my department. This does not come naturally; I tend to be more focused on my team, clients, and projects. However, I realize there is value in networking and speaking with your peers and leaders in other parts of the organization as it gives you a better understanding of how the enterprise operates and build relationships."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Good start! I recommend keeping the 'I/me/my' language rather than switching partway to 'your/you' language. This way, your answer will feel more personal. I have offered a revision that also prompts you to include detail on what you have done to work on this suggested area of improvement.

      "My most recent performance review suggested that I network more with managers and leaders outside of my department. Outside networking does not come naturally to me as I tend to be more focused on my team, my clients, and my projects. However, I realize there is value in networking and speaking with peers and leaders in other parts of the organization. This networking will give me a better understanding of how the enterprise operates. To implement this feedback, I have...(discuss in detail what you have done to take action)."

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