Walk into Your Performance Review Session Prepared

Yikes, it’s the time of the year again.

It doesn’t matter if this is your first or 10th time walking into one. It’s always intimidating, isn’t it? Yeah, we’ve been there.  No matter the circumstances for your review, you’ll want to go in prepared. Armed with information, history, and knowing what to expect, you could request a raise or promotion with confidence.

Let’s get started.

1. Go the Extra Mile


Now’s your time to shine. If you are working on a big project, now’s a crucial period to show that you are 101% committed to making it fly by clocking in extra time and effort. Through this, you’ll also understand if this job is the right one for you, as you will probably be assigned new responsibilities if you receive a promotion.


2. Establish Your Goals


Think about what it is you want most out of the review session.

Are you aiming for a promotion? Are you gunning for a pay raise? Do you want to be recognised for your efforts and receive praises? Trust us, when you have clear goals, you will naturally feel more confident. Your thoughts and words will flow better. Of course, it’s also good to think through questions that might be thrown at you and prepare yourself for that.

This is also a good time to raise concerns about your job and request for changes to your responsibilities, if any.

3. The Night Before


Get your attire ready the night before. Iron the creases out. Pick your lucky tie. Wear your favourite pair of cufflinks? Yeah, you get the idea.

Remember, it’s always better to overdress than underdress. Also, get used to the interaction by practicing some phrases that you’ll be using infront of the mirror. If you have a list of things to say, try to memorise it as you won’t want to be reading from a list.

Remember to get enough sleep to be at your best state for the next day! 🙂


4. You’ll Be OK!


Afterall, if you have been serious and committed to your job, your employers will be able to recognise that. Be natural and be yourself, for that’s the real you that they want to see.

Lastly, you’re not alone! All of your colleagues are probably stressed out by this same thing. Talk to them and head out for a nice drink (not the night before the review, of course). Sometimes, talking about what’s bothering you can help tremendously.

Don’t worry, you’ll do just fine. Good luck!



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