Preparation is key when it comes to a performance review, said Shawnice Meador, director of career management and leadership at the University of North Carolina's MBA program.
Here are some of her suggestions:
Tips for a Successful Mid-Year Review:
· Prepare a brief document that can act as an agenda during the meeting. Include status columns that incorporate the “Red, Yellow, Green” indicator system to help you and your manager easily evaluate the status of each project or goal and adjust if necessary.
· Include additional projects you have been involved in and note how they contributed to the department’s objectives as well as your overall professional goals; give your manager the opportunity to weigh in and give his/her perspective to help guide you.
· Think about things you’ve done from a career and professional development standpoint; make sure you have a mix of business goals and personal development goals to discuss for well-rounded job performance and career progress.
· Come prepared with additional topics and questions to discuss with your manager; think about the bigger picture and propose strategic areas you could personally impact that could contribute to the company’s overall yearly goals.
· Be proactive - always track your goals.