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Preparing for the Perfect Performance Review

No matter how good of an employee you are, performance reviews are intimidating. We give you ideas to help you prepare.

It’s that time again; it seems to sneak up without warning—your yearly performance review. No matter how good of an employee you are, it’s intimidating. But don’t be scared. You have the power and responsibility to manage your performance, and your manager’s view of your performance. Here are a few sure-fire steps to receiving the perfect performance review.

GATHER INFORMATION
Review your job description, and be clear on the expectations of your position.
Gather any reports you may have created (e.g., weekly reports, status reports).
Review your previous appraisals.
Be familiar with all aspects of your job and the company.

REVIEW AND MAKE NOTES
Keep a clear, written record of your work, detailing projects you’ve completed, problems solved, responses to items in your job description. Things you’ve taken initiative for.
Prepare a list of accomplishments; relate them to your personal goals and the company’s goals.
Be aware of the areas you still need work on; areas you need to grow. Be honest.

DO A SELF-EVALUATION
Even if your company doesn’t formally require a self-evaluation—do one! It’s a good idea to use the same form your manager will be using. And be honest with your ratings.

DEVELOP GOALS
Prepare a list of suggested personal, departmental and company goals.
Base the goals off of the areas that you need to work on.
Be proactive and expand on your job expectations and duties.
Develop a plan of action to achieve these goals.

SHARE YOUR PREPARATIONS WITH YOUR MANAGER
Ideally, you should share your preparations with manager prior to the evaluation. This gives them the chance to review the materials so you can have a meaningful two-way dialogue about your performance.