HR’s Guide to Performance Review Questions

HR’s Guide to Performance Review Questions

How you structure performance review questions will have a significant impact on your next review cycle and the data you collect.

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Questions for your next performance review organized by category.


  • How effective of a leader is this person, either through direct management or influence?Does this person help improve the skills of the people around them?
  • How can this person improve their leadership?
  • What specific examples of leadership can you share?
  • Does this person make the people around them excited and happy to be here?


  • Provide an example of one company value they brought to life and how
  • How does this person stand up against the pillars of culture? What have been their successes? What are their challenges?

Problem Solving

  • Does this person own the solution to problems? Are they proactive or reactive?
  • How well does this person illustrate new thinking/novel approaches to tough challenges?
  • Does this person come up with new ideas, fresh approaches, and innovative solutions in their work?


  • Does this employee effectively communicate with others?
  • Does the employee take direction and follow orders well?
  • How well does this person listen to others and communicate with clarity?
  • How well does this person give and receive feedback with others?
  • Does this person work well with other people?
  • How well does this person work on a team?
  • Provides clear, objective, timely and focused feedback to any direct reports, peers and managers.
  • How would you recommend this person improves their interpersonal skills?
  • How well does this person contribute to the overall success and function of the team?


  • What areas of impact did you have on your projects, your team or the organization?
  • How would you rate the quality of the employee’s work?
  • To what degree has this person demonstrated business impact?
  • On a scale of 1 to 5, how effective do you think this person is in their role?
  • Is this person productive? Do they work quickly, while maintaining quality work product?

Project Management

  • How well does this person set and meet deadlines? How reasonable are their time estimates?
  • Is this person detail oriented?
  • How effectively does this person prioritize their workload?
  • Does this person effectively manage their time?
  • How timely is the employee about the completion of their work?
  • Is the employee capable of working independently with little to no supervision?

Career Development: Self Review

  • What can you improve?
  • What are your key strengths?
  • What accomplishments are you most proud of?
  • What do you think you should do differently next year?
  • What do you want to accomplish in the coming year?
  • When you look back over your career, what do you want to have accomplished?
  • What do you want your next position at the company to be? What elements of your job do you find most difficult?
  • What elements of your job interest you the most, and the least?

Career Development: Peer Review

  • If you could give this person one piece of constructive advice to make them more effective in their role, what would you say?
  • Overall, what areas of focus do you think could most help this person grow in their career?