Your first job review usually at the end of 90 days at a new company can be daunting. Therefore, it is vital that you prepare from day one for this meeting.

The following are 8 steps that you should consider to prepare for your first job review:

  • Be clear on the job reporting structure
  • Request a job profile with clear objectives
  • Understand how you are being assessed
  • Document your achievements
  • Ask for intermittent feedback
  • Complete a self-assessment
  • Attend the performance review meeting
  • Document any actionable steps

Let’s take a closer look at each of these.

Be clear on the job reporting structure

At times, knowing who you are reporting to could be obscure. This is possible especially when an organisation has multiple locations and a matrix organisational structure.

You may be sitting in the same office as the CEO but your reporting manager could be based overseas. Be clear from the first day who your role is reporting to and who is responsible for completing your assessment.

Request a job profile with clear objectives

Requesting a job profile is extremely critical. Clarity is required on what your responsibilities are and what objectives you are going to be assessed on.

In case, the reporting manager did not review these with you during the first week on the job, be sure and request this. The best approach is to request this first verbally and then in writing if no feedback was received.

At times a manager could be so busy with running his/ her operations that the newcomer is overlooked. The first time you get an official copy of the objectives of the company on the day of your review.

If you make the request and it is done in writing, in the event that there is any ambiguity you have some cover. Documented proof is the best evidence to confirm that you were not made aware of the requirements of the role.

Understand how you are being assessed

Ascertain the method by which you are being assessed by the company. Is your reporting manager the only person who will assess you? Will the assessment be done in conjunction with the CEO?

Some companies undertake a 360 assessment exercise where you will be assessed by your peers. If you are a people manager, your direct reports may also have an input in your assessment.

Be sure and understand the system that the company will be using to grade your performance. The last thing that you will want is any surprises.

Document your achievements

Once you have received your job requirements, maintain a document where you outline your achievements.

At the end of 90 days, you may forget things that you achieved during the first 30 days. This will give you the clarity to outline your achievements at the review.

Ask for intermittent feedback

Have an unofficial dialogue with your manager about your progress in the role about 45 days into the job. You can simply ask:

How do you think I am progressing so far with the role? Is there anything that you recommend that I improve on?

This will provide you with feedback that you can implement for the remaining 45 days. You have information so you can work on redeeming yourself.

Complete a self-assessment

Take some time to reflect on your performance in the role. Use the job profile and objectives and assess your performance against the requirements of the business.  

You can use evidence that you have documented to provide examples of your achievements. This will add credibility to why you have assessed yourself the way you have.

Give yourself sufficient time to reflect and be objective in completing your self-assessment. This will ensure that you are as accurate as possible with the assessment.

Attend the review meeting

Be prepared at the end of the 90 days to attend the review meeting.

\Walk with a journal to make notes along with your self-assessment to provide evidence to support or strengthen the assessment. Listen attentively to the feedback presented.

Document any actionable steps

After the review, be sure and ask for a signed copy of the review. This copy should be the one placed on the human resource files of the company.

Document from there any actionable steps that you can take to further improve your performance. This should be done even in an instance where your appraisal is positive.

If you are starting a new role, you may find the following articles on this blog valuable. Feel free to click the links below to explore:-

A Thank You Prayer For A New Job

How To Calm Your Nerves Before Starting A New Job

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A Heartfelt Prayer To Say When Starting A New Job

How To Survive The First 90 Days At A New Job

Final Thoughts

The first 90 days is one of the most crucial times in your journey with an organisation.  Your performance review is fundamental as a poor review may mean that the company decides that you are not an ideal fit for the role.

The first 90 days is also just as important for you as the employee. You now have a solid working knowledge of the operations of the business. It is an opportunity for you to cross check if the company’s values align with your career vision and purpose.

It is also not unusual for many persons to determine at the end of this period that the company is not a great fit for them. If this is your situation, please do not view it as a loss.

Every experience is a learning opportunity. You get to understand yourself better and possibly eliminate something that you did not like. No experience in life is ever a waste.

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How to Prepare For Your First Job Review

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