How to prepare for your Performance Review Meeting

November 19, 2018





This is often the most dreaded meeting between an employee and their manager; a lot often rests on the outcomes of this meeting such as the salary increase and perhaps promotion prospects. Instead of leaving it to chance; here are a few top tips to help you prepare for a great performance review. 


  1. Understand the review process in your organisation:


Assuming that this isn’t your first review; it’s a good idea to understand how your last review went, check if you have worked on the feedback you received and determine how you far you have gone with improving these items this year. If it is your first review in the organisation; it’s a good idea to get your supervisor to explain the process to you. 


2.  Be clear on what you are expected to deliver: 


This is the most important thing, to know exactly what you’re going to be measured on and if there’s anything you’re not clear on, best to get that clarity. It’s usually not a good enough reason to state ‘lack of clarity’ as a reason for not achieving something. 


3.  Set your goals 


Set your ambitious goals and be intentional about meeting them throughout the year. Remember that your self rating will be better when substantiate with examples; if you don’t remember the great things you did in February, chances are your manager won’t either, so keep yourself accountant and keep a record of all your milestones and achievements through out the year. 


4. Be open to feedback


Remember that as much as this meeting/discussion impacts your increase, or future growth, you don’t have to go in as if you’re going to battle. Understanding yourself and how you show up to others at work is a great opportunity for growth. Be open to that some of your best efforts can at times be misinterpreted, take time to understand the unexpected feedback and see how you can use it to grow yourself. 



5. Use positive language (verbal and non-verbal):


When describing your performance, avoid words such as “I’m not good at this, but I tried”, this communicates that you’re not that convinced by your improvement in the area. Furthermore; if your body language communicates that you’re dejected by the process, this energy may taint the entire meeting. You need to believe that you deserve positive review that you’ve worked for and communicate it accordingly in the meeting.



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