As the year is coming to a close, it is almost time to celebrate our accomplishments throughout the year in every aspect of life and especially your career. End-of-the-year performance review is a time most of us anticipate with both excitement and worry. We want to feel rewarded for accomplishment and at the same time, we fear we might get disappointed with the score or performance rating. Just as we get prepared for job interviews, we also need to get prepared for our end-of-year performance review so that we make sure it is both for our and the company’s benefit.
1. Create your own performance report.
While that’s not a mandatory official document, it will be very helpful for you. By creating a quarterly report of your work, you get a good picture of how much you are aligned with your KPIs and you get to know which areas need more work or improvement. Bringing this report with you to the assessment will present you as a professional employee who is on track of things.
2. Highlight your accomplishments.
Besides our day-to-day tasks and fixed job descriptions, oftentimes we overachieve or exceed expectations with milestone achievements such as helping another department on a certain task, taking a new assignment or working on a different type of project and managing to achieve as required. These kinds of accomplishments need to be highlighted in your performance review meeting.
3. Show how you have tried to improve yourself.
It is something to be proud of that you have managed to work on your areas of weaknesses or how you made your strong areas even stronger. In your performance review, manage any courses you have enrolled in, how you are working on your career goals, and the actions you have taken to add more value to your company.
4. Talk about how you managed around challenging or stressful situations.
At work, we can’t expect every day to go smoothly. Some days can be challenging or stressful. What matters here is how you react to this stress and how you manage yourself around it. If you remember a certain situation of that sort such as meeting a very tight deadline or finishing last-minute requests, this is something you should highlight.
5. Be open to feedback.
During your review, you will be receiving feedback from your direct manager regarding both the strength and challenges or areas you need to focus more on. Do not take it personally and accept it as constructive criticism. Be open to feedback because by the end of the day this will help you perform better and excel at your job.