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Things To Do The Day Before A Review

Things to do the day before a review

You’ve waited months for this moment—the chance to prove your worth to your boss and get a leg up in your career.

You won’t get what you want if you don’t prepare properly.

In fact, your review will only go well if you get organized and collect all your information before the talk.

So, with that in mind, here’s what you need to do the day of your next performance review to put yourself in a great position for a productive conversation that’ll get you ahead in your career and get you on your boss’ good side:


1. Learn How to Respond to Feedback

There are ways to respond to negative feedback that make you look good?

You’re going to want to pay attention to the following because it’s possible you’ll receive some not-so-great feedback. And even if you’ve been doing fabulous work, it’s almost guaranteed you’re going to receive some form of constructive criticism (no one’s perfect, after all).

Own up to your mistakes and be ready to offer a solution or show initiative to do better.

Avoid blurting out things like “I didn’t realize that was wrong” or “It won’t happen again!”

 2. Review Your Current Goals

Did you set goals at your last review? Or, do you have some personal ones of your own?

Either way, reviews are a wonderful time to look back at what you were hoping to accomplish and see if you, well, did them.

If you met your goals, what did you learn along the way? Which ones are you most proud of? How can you build on them in the future?

And if you didn’t achieve them, how far did you get? Did your priorities change? What held you back? What can you do differently going forward?

Jot down some notes to discuss further with your manager when you meet. Which leads me to…

3. Set Some New Goals

Now that you know how far you’ve come, now you can decide where you want to go.

Do this by setting some realistic, yet ambitious goals. Consider the following:

  • What skills would you like to master by your next review?
  • What responsibilities do you want to take on?
  • What projects are you passionate about pursuing?
  • What weaknesses would you like to improve upon?
  • What goals would you like to continue to build on?
  • What role do you want to shoot for one to three years from now? What can you do now to put yourself in the running?

 4. Prepare for a Tough Conversation

Maybe your boss will bring up some serious concerns. Maybe you even seen a performance improvement plan coming. Or, maybe it’ll be a normal review on your manager’s end, but you’re going to have to raise your hand to discuss bigger issues.

For example, now’s a good time to talk about the fact that you’re bored in your role or you’d like to consider an internal transfer.

Having these conversations is hard! But being prepared makes it a little easier.

5. Pat Yourself on the Back

Give yourself some credit for making it to this big milestone.

Sure, it happens every year, and you may not even receive anything special except for a simple “Great work” from your manager, but you’ve made it through what was probably a busy, exhausting, or even tumultuous period—look back on it, pat yourself on the back for everything awesome you did, and know you’re going to kick even more butt after this review.

No matter what happens, because you’ve prepared, you’re sure to handle it like a champ.

 

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