Many employers schedule annual performance reviews just after the first of the year. If your employer is one of them, it’s time to get ready. Here are six tips for getting the most out of your annual performance review:
- Know what you’re being reviewed on. Start by looking at your performance review from last year – or, if this is your first year on the job, at a blank copy of the paperwork used to track your annual performance reviews. Use this to give yourself an informal evaluation. What have you improved upon? What are you already doing well? Where do you want to focus in the coming year?
- Gather your evidence. If you plan to ask about a promotion, raise, or transfer during your performance review, gather evidence backing up your request, such as samples of successful projects you’ve completed, thank-you notes from supervisors or team members, or copies of credentials you’ve earned in the past year. Keep these items in a folder, and bring it with you to your review.
- Prepare your questions. Create a list of three to five questions to want to ask during your performance review. For instance, you might ask how to improve on a specific weakness or what you should do in order to position yourself for a promotion in the coming year.
- Listen carefully. During your performance review, listen carefully. Pay attention both to the positive things that are pointed out and the negative ones. If your supervisor provides specific feedback, write it down so you can remember it – and so you have a record in case your supervisor forgets as well.
- Withhold judgment. When we’re told that our performance is lacking in some area, it’s easy to feel the urge to jump in and defend ourselves. Instead of spending your limited performance review time arguing, however, reserve your judgment until after the review. Then, review your supervisor’s comments on where you need to improve, and decide how you’re going to address them.
- Ask for guidance. Don’t hesitate to ask your supervisor for specific guidance on improving weaknesses, helping strengths stand out, or accomplishing your career goals. If opportunities seem limited in your current job, don’t hesitate to ask for help from a recruiter who specializes in placing professionals in your field.
At Marquee Staffing, our experienced recruiters can help you prepare for a performance review or seek a position that provides the career opportunities and challenges you’re looking for. Contact us today to learn more.