Performance reviews are common at almost every type of workplace, from office jobs to specialized fields like plumbing. Your performance, attendance and skills will be evaluated on a regular basis, with most places doing it quarterly, every six months, or yearly. You may get performance reviews every month. As someone who has given many performance reviews, here are some ways to prepare and bring your best self to the meeting.
If you’ve been given warning about your performance review in advance, make sure you look sharp that day. Some performance reviews may be with company CEOs or at the very least, your local manager. Come with neat and clean hair, makeup if applicable, and an outfit that looks put together. Make sure your shirt and pants are ironed and clean. If the review comes as a surprise, see if you can take a quick bathroom break to brush your hair. Its not going to be the most important part, but I found that if my employee looks the part, they seem to have more confidence and are more open to criticism.
Know Your Weaknesses
Many times performance reviews happen after you’ve already had one on one training during your time in your field. For example, maybe you and your boss have talked about poor performance or customer interactions at an earlier date. When you come to the performance review, you can count on these areas being mentioned. Be sure to reiterate ways you have improved on these problem areas. I like to hear specific examples from my employees on what they’ve done to improve. If you’re still struggling, they will mention it and this is a great time to ask for advice or resources to make your performance better in the future. Be sincere and honest about your faults and then you’ll be able to get the help you need.
Don’t Be Afraid to Brag A Little
You will also get praised for areas where you excel. This is a great time to talk with your employer about why these are your strong areas and cite some examples where your skills really shone. I like to hear about employees specific interactions or tasks where they excelled and why they’re proud of their achievements. It is important, however, to not gloat. Be sure to be proud of your work but also understand we all have our shortcomings. You can’t hide all the weaker points by talking too much about the positive.
Listen and Use Feedback
You’ve received both positive and negative feedback, and now it’s time to put them into practice. Talk with your employer about any issues you have and listen to all their feedback. It can be a good idea to take notes about what is said either during or immediately after the meeting. I tend to forget things if I don’t write them down, so I always grab a notebook after my meeting. This lets you get all the things you need to accomplish in a place where you can keep track of them or use them in future meetings.
Even though going into your employer’s office can be very scary, preparing can help you show your skills. Performance meetings sometimes determine raises or advancement in the company, so being diligent and doing your best can really make an impression. And someday, with hard work, you’ll be on the other side of the desk during one of these meetings.