Annual performance reviews can be terrifying or motivating. Depending on your company and manager, this annual meeting can be an opportunity to evaluate your year, set goals for the upcoming 12 months, and understand the company’s direction and your role in its growth.
Don’t let your superior run this meeting. The annual review is your best opportunity for growth within the organization. Top performers will ask some nitty-gritty questions that allow them to get to the bottom of the company’s vision and will help them to successfully position for a successful year.
I had my third performance review at my former employer in May. Formally, she reviewed and documented my wins and set backs as well as accomplished and missed goals. We discussed opportunities to improve and what to continue. In essence, it was standard review that should be covered in every company with each employee on an annual basis.
While my manager was fully prepared and prepped for the review, I decided to take it a step further. I developed a list of straightforward questions that allowed for a very candid and honest conversation. Psychologically, the questions made me feel like the conversation was more 50:50 as I maintained confidence and a sense of control throughout. Practically, the questions both impressed my manager and led to a more productive conversation.
Here are the questions I posed during my review:
- What specifically can I do to improve my rating next year?
- What can I do to be more helpful to the people on my team?
- What are your most important goals for next year?
- What knowledge or skills do you think I may need to develop in order to meet my goals and improve next year?
- I’ve been in this role for ____ years and am naturally looking ahead. What kind of advancement do you imagine for my position? What is your estimated timeline?
- What are some of the company’s goals and its vision for the next year? Five years?
- What can I do to make your job easier?
- What should I continue to do?
- What should I stop doing?
- What should I start doing?
Have a performance review coming up? Bring these questions to your meeting—your manager will be impressed with your dedication and preparation. Good luck!
Ask Levo Chief Organizational Officer Nicholas Flanders about what he recommends to ask during as performance review!