How To Prepare For Your Performance Review

How To Prepare For Your Performance Review

by Rudy Bier in career
So, this year’s performance review is right around the corner, and there’s a lot riding on this one, like that overdue salary increase you’ve been too afraid to bring up. However, there’s no need to panic. There’s still plenty you can do to prepare yourself. 

One of the most important things you can do to ensure your success with a company is to actively prepare for your performance review. Even if your company hasn’t structured in a self-evaluation step into their review process, this doesn’t mean that you have to play a passive role in simply taking feedback and direction from your manager.  

If you’re nervous about your upcoming performance review or what it might mean for your career, here are some tips to help you prepare. 

Gather Supporting Information

Start by reviewing your job description and the goals, competencies and development plans set out for you at your last appraisal. Looking at the feedback and ratings from your previous review will also give you a sense of how you've grown and developed over the previous period.  

In addition to any training or development activities you’ve recently completed, it’s a good idea to make a note of any letters, emails, certificates of recognition, or awards that document exemplary performance since your last review, as well as written communications that might identify challenges or problems with your knowledge and performance. 

This information will give you a solid foundation for assessing your accomplishments, strengths and areas for development, and it can also serve as the background for your discussion with your manager during your performance review. 

Ask For Written Peer Testimonials / Feedback 

One way to get quick and insightful input on your performance and accomplishments is to ask your colleagues for feedback. This is most often requested via email and might already be part of your company’s self-evaluation process.  

This feedback, which can be shared with both you and your manager, might reveal particular strengths or development areas in your performance that you were previously unaware of. It might also highlight specific knowledge or skill gaps as well as projects or work you excelled at. 

Having this additional information at hand will help both you and your manager get a broader, more objective view of your performance over the entire period, in addition to serving as a testimonial to how well you work others. It will also make your preparation for your performance appraisal a lot faster and easier. 


Do A Self-Evaluation 

Even if it’s not part of your annual review process, it's an excellent idea to take stock of your performance before the appraisal by conducting your own mid-year review. If you can obtain a copy of the same performance appraisal form your manager will be using, this is the perfect tool for assessing your performance, by going through each competency and goal listed.
In addition to using the details from your list of accomplishments and peer feedback to provide summaries of your performance on individual goals, you should also try to list specific examples of your work to back up your self-assessment. 

Make A List Of Your Accomplishments

With the information mentioned above at your disposal, you'll be ready to prepare a list of your accomplishments. As you consider what these are, it's key to relate them to both your professional as well as higher level organisational goals.  

Consider any projects you've worked on which might help you remember any performance highlights or challenges. If you’re an ambitious sales manager, for instance, managing sales and revenue for a pharmaceutical portfolio in the Kingdom, consider Key Opinion Leaders you’ve engaged with and how you’ve established your company’s brand in the regional market. 

It’s also critical to describe not only what you’ve accomplished, but how, by giving your manager any contextual details they need to understand your performance. Rather than focusing solely on the last few months, try to look at your performance over the whole review period. It’s also a good idea to think about things from your manager’s perspective so that you can address the critical skills they will be looking for

Prepare A List of Areas To Work On 

In reviewing your job description, competencies, and accomplishments, also try to identify any areas where you may have struggled, or where others may have noted your performance lacked. You should also identify any areas where you would like to expand your skills or expertise as part of your career growth and progression. 

Be honest about your aspirations as well as your limitations, and when you meet with your manager, don’t hesitate to ask for mentoring or training to support your professional development. It would help if you also were prepared to talk with your manager about your career plans and what experience or training you’ll need to realise your goals. 

Draft Goals For The Next Review Cycle 

Rather than waiting for your manager to assign seemingly arbitrary goals to you, take charge of your pharmaceutical or medical devices career by drafting some attainable goals based on your job description or the organisation's higher level goals. In developing your goals, you might want to look for opportunities to expand your responsibilities, broaden your knowledge, or take on more responsibility. You can review and refine these in your meeting with your manager. 

Share Your Preparations With Your Manager Beforehand 

Ideally, you should share the materials you've prepared with your manager before your performance appraisal meeting, as this will help them prepare for your meeting more effectively and will also encourage a more meaningful two-way dialogue about your career. It can also help make them aware of any discrepancies there may be between how you and they perceive your performance, thereby avoiding surprises at review time. 

Make the most of your performance review, by making your contributions known and getting meaningful feedback and direction that will help you grow.  



How Kinetic Can Help   

At Kinetic we pride ourselves on being the leading regional experts in the full range of recruitment solutions for the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices industries.  

As such, we understand the niche requirements for all specialisms of this ever-increasing regulated industry. To find out more about how we can help you in landing your next career progression, contact us today. 
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