On the Job: Asking for Feedback

Source: Fringe Professional Development

As we wrap up the semester, TOPS students are also wrapping up a lot of great internships. On the job and at the end of an internship, it’s valuable to ask for feedback to improve your future job performance (and to keep doing what you are already doing well)! Here are quick tips when asking for feedback:

  • Feedback should have five characteristics: It should be specific, timely, compassionate, sincere, and regular (Muguku). If you feel that the feedback you have received is too vague, ask questions. Feedback is for your benefit, so make sure you have a complete understanding!
  • Beforehand, reflect on how you typically respond to constructive criticism (Muguku). Will you need to be aware of this when you meet to receive feedback?
  • Don’t hesitate to ask! If you are wondering how you are doing at work, take the initiative to ask for feedback on your own (Muguku). Additionally, ask for ongoing feedback. If you do this, there shouldn’t be any surprises on a more formal performance review (Seiter, 2018).
  • Make a plan to implement change in areas that need improvement. It’s easy to get feedback, but it’s the change in behavior that can be tough to follow through on.
  • Adopt a growth mindset. Click here to learn more.


Muguku, D. (n.d.). 31 Tips on How to Give and Receive Feedback at Work. Retrieved November 29, 2018, from ThriveYard: https://www.thriveyard.com/31-tips-on-how-to-give-and-receive-feedback-at-work/

Seiter, C. (2018, September 14). How to Give and Receive Feedback at Work: The Psychology of Criticism. Retrieved November 29, 2018, from Buffer: https://open.buffer.com/how-to-give-receive-feedback-work/

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