Use this sample and step by step explanation for setting meaningful and inspiring employee performance goals for a test engineer.

A Test Engineer is liable for planning, designing and evaluating new software products and systems as well as collaborating with production management. This position works closely with software developers and program managers to ensure all bugs are ironed out before the product is out for sale.

Essential roles for this post includes testing all aspects of the product like the component or function, system, performance, regression, and service, thoroughly testing goods and systems to ensure its functions properly work and meets the business needs, providing feedback on usability and serviceability, tracing the result to quality risk and reporting it to concerned people, working with the development team to identify and capture test cases, ensuring version management, designing test plans, setting up test environments.

Employee Performance Goals Sample

Employee's Name: Title:
Review Period: __/__/__ to __/__/__ Employee SSN:
Work Location: Supervisor's Name:


  1. Setting Goals: List specific goals in the space provided below each competency under "Performance Goals". Assign an appropriate timeline for each goal as well as numeric or financial terms to measure the goal.
  2. Employee Comments: The employee must comment next to each goal under "Employee Comments" with "Okay" for goals which he/she feels comfortable working with, and "Needs Clarification" for goals which he/she believes need to be discussed further. An employee who is comfortable with all the goals can sign the goals at this stage.
  3. Summary: Give a summary of the total time estimated for the employee to have achieved the goals. State action plans and specific milestones to track the goals. Any additional comments agreed between the employee and the supervisor should be noted here.
  4. Human Resources Review: Human resources personnel must confirm that the goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. He/she must then sign the goals in the "Human Resource" section provided under "Signatures".
  5. Signatures: When discussion of the goals has been completed and consensus has been reached, sign the goals and let the employee sign too. Send the final copy to the human resources for inclusion in the employee's professional records.

Performance Goals for Next Period

Performance Goals

Employee Comments


Learn to articulate or communicate in a proper manner that can be well understood by people.

Get first to understand what the problem really is before starting to solve it.

[employee comments goal]

Look for people, environments, ideas, and knowledge that one finds inspiring and motivating and share it with others

Avoid taking part in workplace drama or unnecessary gossip in order to become a positive influence to other employees

[employee comments goal]

Learn the art of listening keenly and asking questions in order to build sincere, long-lasting relationships

Ask the contacts one already has to refer other contacts in order to build and expand own network

[employee comments goal]

Treat everybody with honor irrespective of their status both juniors and seniors alike

Respect other people's opinions to create an open communication channel

[employee comments goal]

Execute all tasks with the seriousness and professionalism they deserve to show your level of understanding

Break down your targets into small achievable goals that can be worked on every day

[employee comments goal]

Choose monitoring software to track employee's web usage and block sites that distract them when performing tasks or working on projects

Send out emails to employees who constantly seem to be wasting time reminding them that they are on company time

[employee comments goal]

Keep up to pace with the evolving technology in order to spot new ways that can streamline own duties

Subscribe to newspapers and blogs that report on own company and the issues it faces

[employee comments goal]

Do quality and proactive risk management throughout, and avoid immediate reaction to changes

Try to imagine possible outcomes of a particular decision and potential problems that might ensue from it

[employee comments goal]

Constantly use the internet to search for information easily and encourage others to do so

Show more willingness to learn how to manage online confidentiality, privacy and security

[employee comments goal]

Put extra effort to learn more math skills and apply them effectively when analyzing problems and designing solutions

Always develop designs that meet safety requirements and legal guidelines

[employee comments goal]


Sections 1-2: To be completed by the supervisor

Section 3: To be completed by the employee

1. Goals completed since last performance feedback

2. Goals for next period

3. Employee comments


I acknowledge that I discussed this performance feedback with my supervisor. My signature does not mean that I agree or disagree with this appraisal.
Employee: Date:
Supervisor: Date:
Human Resources: Date:

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