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7 Assessment and Change-in-Status Interviews > Performance Evaluation - Pg. 154

154 S UCCESSFUL I NTERVIEWING P ERFORMANCE E VALUATION The primary purpose of a performance evaluation system is to ensure the maximum utilization of every employee"s skills, knowledge, and interests. Additional objectives include: Developing a mutual understanding between managers and employees with regard to performance expectations and goals Advising the employee as to job performance in relation to agreed-on expectations Helping the employee improve job performance by clarifying what is expected Planning developmental and promotional opportunities by identifying employee strengths and areas requiring improvement To accomplish these objectives, managers should begin by preparing for the performance-evaluation interview. Preparing for the Interview Before meeting with employees to discuss their performance appraisals, managers should make certain their evaluations are fair and objective, par-