How to Ace a Performance Review

Ace a performance review

When you are heading into a performance review, the overall feeling can be one of dread. Even if you personally feel like you have been doing well, the boss may not share that opinion. For that reason alone, a performance review really can be quite terrifying.

So what can you do when you walk in that door to the meeting? Is there anything that you can do to help you ace that review and walk out of there in a better position than you were before you headed through the door? Let’s look at some really useful review tips!

Bring a Dossier

You might think that HR or someone would build up a portfolio of what you have achieved over the year, but not every business is quite so courteous. In this position, then, you need to start thinking about how you can give your bosses some examples of what you have achieved since the last review – and what better way to do than with a dossier? Give them all the details that they need to see how you have performed this year, and you should notice it’s far easier to convince them you are keeping up with the pace.

Prepare Solutions

You will no doubt have weaknesses in your work; just about everyone does. What does not help in a meeting like this is shirking the challenge and not facing up or admitting to these shortcomings. What you should be doing instead is creating a list of what you know you struggle with, so that when they come up you can have a readymade list of solutions that you are using to work on your errors.

Show your bosses that you are proactive and trying to smoothen out those rough edges and they will look upon you favorably.


The review is, without a doubt, one of the most important things that you will go through with your bosses. To get this right you really do need to listen up and make sure that you are taking in what you are being told. There is no use in simply walking in there and asking them for a one-word answer; you need to listen to the good and the bad. Take it all in, take notes, and really understand what you are being told.

A failure to do so can be the difference between improving or leaving your job permanently.

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