There’s no need to dread your annual review. Below are some tips to help you maximize your annual review.
Familiarize yourself with the process
Understand that employers use these reviews as a way to evaluate how you are working. They want to be able to provide you with feedback, communicate expectations and open a dialogue between the two of you.
Evaluate your own performance as objectively as possible. List your accomplishments over the past year and make a note of how your employer benefitted from your efforts. Be as specific as possible. For example, this could be increased profits. Highlight everything that led you to that and bring documentation to support your claims. Look over your self-review the night before your actual review so you will be prepared to discuss it in detail the next day.
Think about what you want
You’ve been so busy preparing to showcase everything you have achieved over the last year, but have you considered what you want to achieve in the upcoming year? Where do you want to see yourself in 12 months time and beyond? How do you see the business supporting you? This is a vital time to discuss with your boss what you need from the company in order to support your growth.
Prepare for positive and negative feedback
Glowing feedback can still present you with an opportunity. Use it as a way to inform you of what you need to continue doing and what you can do additionally throughout the coming year. On the opposite side of things, being prepared for the review not going well will help you to respond effectively. Develop a plan of action should things go this way. Avoid reacting immediately. Book a follow-up meeting with your manager a few days later, giving yourself some time to review things objectively. If you feel the review was unfair, bring clear examples that counter their claims. Being overwhelmed or caught off-guard in your initial evaluation would not have been the right time for this counter-argument.