What is the individual interview for?

The annual appraisal interview is an essential ritual in the life of companies.
D-day is approaching. Has your N + 1 finally cleared a niche for your annual tête-à-tête?

You still have to know what you have to lose or to gain.
What is the individual interview for?
That is to say, what are its objectives, for the employer but also for the employee?

What are the objectives of the personal interview?
What can you negotiate during your individual interview?

What are the objectives of the personal interview?

What is the individual interview for the employee?

  • The individual interview is in no way a sanction for the employee. On the contrary, it allows you to take stock (once a year or every quarter, for example) on the progress of each person's work, the difficulties encountered, successes but also working conditions. It must be experienced as a space for dialogue and exchange between an employee and his N + 1.
  • Tip: Even if you have negative things to bring up to your supervisor, be sure to stay positive in your comments and qualify them. For example, if you have felt let down by your manager on an important project, you can tell him that you would have liked a little more supervision from him but that suddenly it taught you to become more independent.

What is the personal interview for the employer?

  • The personal interview is a right that derives from the managerial power of the employer. It is not a legal obligation. Set up, the individual interview allows him to "take the pulse" on the state of mind of his employees. But not only! It is on this occasion that he can learn about the expectations in terms of training or development. He can also communicate the company's values ​​and major upcoming projects.
  • For objectives achieved and therefore a successful annual evaluation interview, the keys to success can be found in our article on this subject.

What can you negotiate during your individual interview?

A privileged moment of exchange, the individual interview is an opportunity for the employee to formalize wishes to his supervisor.

The personal interview is used to request an increase

  • If you do not have to wait for the annual interview to request an increase from your employer (you can very well ask for an increase outside the annual interview if you think it is justified), it is still the time opportune to do so. The individual interview is an opportunity to take stock of the professional year, to highlight your good results, and at the same time to request a financial reward.
  • Tip: prepare for your annual interview. Concise argumentation, square figures, your words must be precise because the slightest approximation can be exploited to destabilize you. You will show that you have worked on the subject and that your request is based on concrete elements. Do not lose sight of the fact that your manager will also have prepared to carry out the annual interview.

The individual interview is used to request a promotion

  • Depending on the turn of the discussion with your N + 1 and if you have finished your year brilliantly, nothing prevents you from putting the question of a future promotion on the table, especially if you feel that your manager is in demand. of employees with more prerogatives and responsibilities. It is then up to you to nominate yourself for this role.

The individual interview may allow you to request a change of position

  • You have the feeling that you have taken the tour of your position and your company promotes internal mobility. More clearly, another position in another department makes you very keen, even if you do not have all the required skills. Now is the time to talk to your manager. The better the preparation, the more arguments you have for discussing a career development such as a change of job.

A training

  • Do you want to improve your skills on a given subject and you are lacking training so that you can be entrusted with the project? Now is the time to request training from your business. If it is refused to you, you can also use your CPF, outside your working hours to train yourself. How to do training when working? Our dedicated article will answer all your questions on the subject.

This list, of course, is not exhaustive. You can also take advantage of this interview to bring up points related to your quality of life at work (noise in the open space, computer lagging, wanting to telecommute, etc.).

  • Note: there are several methods of evaluating a company's employees. The “classic” interview in which the direct supervisor evaluates a member of his team, but also the 360 ​​° interview in which several people who work with the employee evaluate him.
  • Tip: if you get a gesture from your manager or your employer, a golden rule to follow to encourage them to repeat the operation: give thanks after obtaining a raise.