I am about to have my performance review with my manager. How should I prepare for it?

It is important to relax, but also remember to take the review seriously - after all, this is about you and your career.

It is important to relax, but also remember to take the review seriously – after all, this is about you and your career. Some key things to keep in mind:

Many companies include a self-evaluation as part of the review process. Regardless of whether it is required, do an honest self-assessment. That list should include what you have accomplished during the review period, what projects you worked on, what you did well, and what you could improve on. This will help you prepare for the review conversation and enable you to remind your manager of things that he or she might have overlooked.

A review is not a one-way conversation, so it is vital to participate in the discussion. Don't argue, but do discuss points of disagreement, ask for clarification if you don't understand something, and ask for help in addressing areas for development.

Be sure to talk about your short- and long-term career goals, and ask for your manager's assistance in achieving them.

Finally, solicit regular informal feedback from your manager. The content of a review should never come as a surprise.

Mindy Gikas is MD of HR at Ogilvy PR Worldwide.

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