Many employees don’t look forward to their annual performance reviews. Even if you’re fortunate enough to have regular conversations with your boss about your performance, having a formal review can still create anxiety.
Here are some ideas to help you prepare for and then ace your next performance review.
Prior to your yearly review:
- Take time for a self-assessment.
- Review last year’s performance review.
- Think about the areas in which you’ve grown in the past year.
- Review the goals that were set at your last performance review and think about how you’ve managed them.
- Keep track of your accomplishments.
- Keep a running list (or email file) of your accomplishments from the past year. If you don’t already have one started, try reviewing your calendar or project lists to spur your memory.
- Be sure your accomplishments list includes details such as dates, figures, work samples, etc.
- Consider breaking down the accomplishments into categories like member interactions, problem solving, continuing education, team projects, etc.
- Think about your weaknesses.
- Recognize that even great employees can improve their performance.
- Consider how you can improve your work and the specific ways you plan to do this.
During your yearly review:
- Have a positive attitude and be confident.
- Initiate topics for conversation, but be sure to listen carefully and take notes.
- Have an open mind.
- Discuss with your boss the ways you can improve your performance and meet your goals for the coming year.