Prepare Yourself for Disagreements
If you have faced challenges or there have been issues or you and your supervisor disagree on a specific issue or situation, prepare for this part of the evaluation.
Identify if it is past or ongoing – this makes a difference.
If past, what did you do to correct or address the situation?
If ongoing, what actions are you taking to correct or address the situation?
Handle it professionally.
Acknowledge the difference of opinion in a professional manner. You may not agree, but you need to hear the supervisor’s reasons for their assessment.
Avoid knee-jerk reactions. Listen and consider the supervisor’s perspective.
Avoid defensiveness, crying, arguing. Stay calm. Agree to disagree agreeably.
Ask questions to clarify future expectations – in particular ask how you might have handled the situation or issue differently to be viewed as successful.
Consider your options – and discuss with LHR.
Provide evidence as a counter when appropriate.
Consider adding commentary to your evaluation.