Acing Your Performance Review

So your performance review is just around the corner. Your supervisor asks you to schedule the meeting for later in the week. Whether it’s your first or hundredth performance review of your career- you might feel a bit apprehensive. This is totally normal- but don’t sweat it. Here are some tips you can follow to ace that review.

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Come prepared with a notebook and pen

This may seem obvious, but it’s one of the most important items you can bring to your performance review. Preparedness always looks professional. Not only will you feel organized if you need to take notes, you might also benefit by jotting down your own notes beforehand – in case you forget to cover something during the review.

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Give yourself a pre-review pep talk

Practicing your review might prove beneficial when trying to calm your nerves. You may not know exactly what your supervisor will discuss, but you will most likely be aware of any big (positive or negative) performance topics that will come up during the review. Going over your performance beforehand makes you seem prepared and focused about your role when you actually go in to have the talk.

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Set some goals

Regardless of if your performance review happens monthly, quarterly, or even yearly- it’s a good idea to go in with some goals. They can be small and/or large, depending on whatever your position in your company calls for. Goal setting before your review will display your level of engagement with your position and company- thus proving to your supervisors that you really are committed to being the best employee you can be.

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Set some improvements

Though you might be a stellar employee- you probably could stand to improve on at least one aspect of your job. Maybe you would like to start using a planner to help your organization. Perhaps you’d like to start going to sleep earlier so you’re not feeling drowsy halfway through your day. Whatever improvement you may have- keep track of it and feel free to share during your review. In a similar vein as goal setting, making your improvements known will help prove your dedication to the job.

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Practice receiving constructive criticism

Chances are, you’ll probably be faced with some constructive criticism in your review. Don’t panic- this is a perfect opportunity to learn and grow with your position. Going over the things you need to improve, like we mentioned earlier, is a great way to practice handling criticism. If you and your boss are on the same page about what you need to improve on, you’ll have a greater chance of finding the best solution.

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