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Be Prepared for Your Next Review

Author: Laurie Knafo/Wednesday, February 15, 2017/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, For Job Seekers, Industry Trends, SNI Certes, For Job Seekers, Industry Trends, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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The dreaded performance review.

Performance reviews can be intimidating and stressful; you feel like you are under a microscope and under pressure to prove what a phenomenal job you do. However, aside from hearing valuable feedback from your manager, this is also your chance to request a possible pay-raise or to discuss expanding your current role. But, no matter what you hope the outcome of your review – heading into the meeting well prepared is the key.

Depending upon your goals, preparation for the review may start months in advance. Are you eager for a promotion or bigger role in the company? You’ll need time to show you are up to the task by accepting additional duties, proving yourself with completed projects showing excellent results, displaying leadership ability, or possibly learning new programs or skills.

Going for a raise? Again, you’ll need a stretch of time to exhibit exceptional project results, ways to save the company money, or handle additional projects.

So, let’s get prepared for that review!

  • Collect some data. List some projects you have been spearheading or completed. What were the results in money saved, money earned, or other benefits to the company or your team? Objectively look at the work you’ve done since your last review. Have you done your best work? How can you display that to your manager? List your accomplishments.

  • Think about your goals. What are you hoping will be the outcome of this review?

  • Line up some questions for your manger. Ask for clear feedback on how you are preforming and specific ways you can reach your future goals within the company.

  • Talk it out. Before your review, practice discussing your job performance out loud. If your hope is for more vacation time, practice asking for that out loud as well. Practice enough so that you are not stammering over your thoughts and words, but not so much that you sound like you are reading a script! Be yourself.

When you actually sit down for your review, listen. Listen to what your manager has to say. Don’t be so focused on what you have prepared that you can’t wait to talk. Your preparation should help you feel calm and equipped for the meeting. Hear what the manger is saying and go from there.

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Laurie Knafo
Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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