5 ways to ace your first performance review

Effective managers ask the right questions during performance reviews.

Performance reviews should be a two-way street, with managers asking about ways they can improve.

The first performance review can seem daunting. You’re new to the job, but you’ve been trained in all or most employee development sectors. It’s a time to display what you know and what you are doing well. However, it is also a meeting that should address any areas where you can improve. Remember to implement these five tips during your review for maximum feedback and a productive conversation.

1. Ask how they think you are performing.

  • Don’t be afraid to speak up and outright ask what their expectations are and whether they are being met. Handle any criticism openly and in an accepting manner. Express that you will improve on any suggestions and welcome feedback.

2. Be realistic.

  • Your boss won’t know every single little detail of your work life. Be able to tell them everything you have accomplished since you were hired. Stress what you bring to the table for yourself and the team.

3. Lay out all future goals.

  • It’s only been a short amount of time since you were hired, so remember that you still have so much time for growth and advancement in the company. Set realistic weekly, monthly and long terms goals so your boss knows you’re looking down the road. Be sure to include training and employee development opportunities in your goals.

4. Self-review in advance.

  • Take some time before the meeting to explore your strengths and weaknesses. Chances are you already know what you’re good at and what you need to improve on. Knowing before you go in could quell any reservations you may have.

5. Understand all suggestions and areas of improvement.

  • Make sure you completely understand what your boss expresses during the meeting. If they make suggestions, chances are they will expect you to follow through or attempt to make changes. Don’t be afraid to ask questions for clarification.

Above all, be yourself. They hired you because they saw your skills and future potential.

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