It’s a well-known fact that when you first start a job – you usually have a job review after the first few months. The word “job review” can create fear for even the calmest of people because it can be difficult to know quite what to expect.
But there’s really no need to start panicking – this is the worst thing you could do. The secret to a brilliant job review consists of preparation – your boss will probably have done loads of job reviews before and it’s all about communicating your progress in a constructive and informative manner (from both sides). All you need to do is make sure you’re nice and prepared for any questions that might get thrown at you.
To make sure you’re ready I’ve come up with five tips on how to prepare for your job review – this will hopefully calm your nerves beforehand!
1) Write Down Your Trials And Tribulations
It’s inevitable that your boss will want to know exactly what you’ve been up to – so make sure you’ve written down your progress so far. Spend an hour or so listing your trials and tribulations since working at the company. This could be a pretty short task if you’ve done it from the start or if you haven’t it could take a bit longer.
It may help to write a one page review for any big projects that you’ve been part of and then a short overall progress summary. This is sure to impress your employer because itshows you’re taking the review seriously – it’s also a brilliant point of reference if your boss asks you any detailed questions.
5 Tips To Help You Prepare For Your Job Review2) Be Honest
Honesty is the best policy! If you’re struggling with something you’re best saying so – this way your boss can help you. If you tell a white lie and say you’re really enjoying a certain aspect of the job, then your boss might ask you to do it more!
Your boss isn’t psychic so always tell the truth. Everyone has faults and your boss will be expecting this – no one’s perfect after all! Saying this, it’s really important to make sure the negatives don’t outweigh the positives – this will send warning signs to your employer and you don’t want that.
3) Prepare for Criticism
It’s not a job review if it hasn’t got some criticism somewhere – sorry to burst your bubble! Your employer wants you to develop within the role, so there’s always going to be something that you could do better.
Just make sure that you prepare for this fact and don’t take it to heart – if you start breaking down in the middle of a professional meeting it doesn’t look very good to your employer. So take it on the chin and make sure you write all your criticism down.
4) Set Yourself Targets
As I said before, criticism is to be expected in a job review and when you get this criticism it’s important to do something about it! So write some targets down and make sure you stick to them. This way, when you next have a meeting with your boss you can show that you’ve actually used the criticism in a positive way – rather than sulking!
5) Predict What Your Boss Is Going To Say
During your probationary period you’ll probably have worked out what you’re good at and what you struggle with. It’s good to try and predict what your boss may say so you can plan your response.
Say you’ve struggled to finish on time; explain that you recognise this and you plan to write a weekly and daily schedule and even offer to work some overtime. If you’re struggling to get on top of things you can try and stay half on hour longer each night. This is a really good sign to your boss and shows that you’re dedicated! This sort of preparation will avoid any awkward silences when you’re trying to rustle up a good answer.
So there you go – five tips on how to prepare for your job review. Try to keep calm and be prepared – this way you can walk into the review confident and ready to go!
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