13 Performance Review Questions To Ask Your Manager

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published July 26, 2021

Performance reviews can provide an opportunity to ask your supervisor questions. These questions may be about your role within the company, personal or company goals and other aspects of the company. This is also an excellent opportunity to discuss anything you'd like to change about your role or responsibilities. In this article, we discuss performance review questions to ask and what to expect from your supervisors once you ask those questions.

What are performance review questions?

Performance review questions are question-based discussion points that are often central to an employee performance review, which is a meeting to discuss an employee evaluation. Supervisors meet with employees to address their strengths and weaknesses. They ask you questions about your performance and your job, however, you also may have performance review questions to ask your supervisor, as you try to develop your skills and advance your position.

Performance reviews are important because they keep employees motivated. Employers typically spend a good portion of these interviews providing positive feedback, which improves confidence and informs you of what you're doing right at work. These reviews are also important because you're told what to improve on and how to work toward your goals.

13 performance review questions

Here's a list of performance review questions you may want to ask your supervisor:

1. How can we grow our department?

With this question, you determine whether there are opportunities to advance in your career. You're also provided with an insight into whether your manager plans to grow your team.

What to expect: Your manager likely has a plan for how your department can advance. The best answer in this situation is one that considers the possibility of promotions and career advancement.

2. Which goals should I work toward?

By asking this question, you demonstrate your interest in your position and your desire to do the best job possible. This provides you with information on how you can satisfy your employer's expectations in the future.

What to expect: Your manager provides goals for you to work toward. These goals are specific to your role and department. If you don't know how to work toward the goals they describe, ask how you can do so.

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3. How can I improve the team?

Asking this question demonstrates that you prioritize being a team player. This question also shows your desire for the entire company to succeed and grow.

What to expect: Your manager likely has ideas of how your team can improve, and this is the perfect opportunity to discuss those ideas. By working on your own work, you act as a leader for your coworkers and can improve the overall efficiency and wellbeing of the team.

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4. How can I work toward a promotion?

This question identifies which changes you must make before obtaining a promotion. It also demonstrates your interest in a promotion so your manager or supervisor considers you for future roles.

What to expect: An appropriate answer from your manager discusses how hard you've worked and which changes are necessary for you to reach your goals. When your manager knows you're interested in a higher position, they're likely to give you additional responsibilities. They also may ask you to begin the application process right away.

5. How can I better meet your expectations?

This question provides you with feedback on your efforts. It also shows your supervisor or hiring manager you care about the work you do and that you want them to approve of your hard work.

What to expect: With this question, prepare to hear honest and constructive feedback. Your manager may tell you that you aren't meeting their expectations and provide extensive reasoning for that comment. Expect your manager also to give you positive feedback and recognition for your efforts.

6. How have you measured my progress?

Understanding how you're evaluated provides you with a means of doing better at your next evaluation. You also may learn a method of evaluating your own progress and how you're doing at the company. With this knowledge, you can refine your work performance.

What to expect: Managers typically have set guidelines that help them determine how employees progress. Your manager may mention anything from progress reports to charts and graphs that detail your deadlines, work efficiency and other methods of measuring performance. With these questions, managers also mention which skills could improve your performance. Consider bringing a pen and paper to write down any resources they give you.

7. Which skills should I work on?

Understanding which skills to work on provides you with the opportunity to work on those skills before your next performance review. This also provides you with an idea of which skills you're good at. From here, you can decide which skills to build upon to improve at your job.

What to expect: Your manager is likely to describe how you're doing in the company and which skills you need to advance in the company. Most of the time, managers also provide employees with resources to help them work on these skills or opportunities to showcase those skills once they've developed them.

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8. Can we review my salary?

Your performance review is a good opportunity to discuss your salary. If you feel you've done well in the company, and you want to increase your salary, you may choose to discuss this. If you intend to ask about your salary, research the average amount for your field, experience and education. It's also best to provide your employer with a salary range that you're comfortable with.

What to expect: When asked this question, supervisors typically open the discussion for an increase in income, or they reject you immediately. The supervisor typically provides reasoning for their decision. If they agree to reevaluate your salary, expect them to discuss your accomplishments. If they reject your reevaluation, expect them to describe which areas you can work for consideration in the future.

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10. How can I reduce some of your workload?

This question tells your supervisor that you're dedicated to decreasing their workload. Supervisors and managers typically have large workloads. Taking on some of their responsibilities allows you to showcase your skills and ability to take on workloads suited for upper management. If you want a promotion in the future, this is a good stepping stone.

What to expect: Managers typically provide you with tasks that they think suit your skill level. Expect them to ask you which tasks you think you can handle. Because of this, consider researching or informing yourself about your supervisor's role before asking this question.

11. What is the company struggling with at the moment?

This question allows you to think of ways to help your company improve or succeed. It also provides you with a better idea of how the company is progressing and performing in the industry. If the company is facing minor challenges, you know whether you have additional job security.

What to expect: Your manager is likely to discuss not only the company's challenges, but the measures they're taking to mitigate those challenges. This is your opportunity to provide solutions they haven't considered. In this sense, you can both help the company improve and show your value as an employee.

12. What were the company's biggest successes this year?

This question provides you with insight into your supervisor's vision of success. By understanding this, you can adjust your work to better suit your supervisor's priorities. It also identifies how you should work if you take on additional responsibilities.

What to expect: Your supervisor is likely to discuss both what their successes are and how they achieved them. This not only provides you with insight into how your supervisor prioritizes success but can indicate new ways for you to work more efficiently.

13. Is there anything I'm spending too much time on during work days?

By asking this question, you have a better idea of what your supervisor prioritizes and how they would work if they had your workload. This question allows you to prioritize your tasks differently and change your overall focus.

What to expect: Your supervisor is likely to provide you with insight into which tasks are most important and which you can spend less time on. This provides you with an sign of how long your tasks should take.