job review

After “job interview,” the two scariest words in the professional world might be “job review.” This is where your supervisor sits you down and talks about how good a job you’ve been doing, and the idea of being taken to task for shortcomings is enough to leave most people quaking in their boots. But according to expert Scarlett Wilson, these meetings need not be terrifying ordeals. In a great post titled “5 Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Job Review,” Wilson offers advice to put your mind at ease.

1. Make a Progress Report — The purpose of a job review is to gauge your progress, so the boss is naturally going to want to know what you’ve been doing. Write one-page reviews for some of the bigger projects you’ve worked on, Wilson advises, and then put together a more general summary. If nothing else, it’ll show that you take the process seriously.

2. Always Be Honest — If there’s an aspect of the job you’re not crazy about, don’t be afraid to share it. If you go on pretending that you like doing some hated task, you’ll be forced to keep on doing it. That said, Wilson cautions against being too negative. Offset the bad stuff with talk of what you do enjoy.

3. Brace Yourself for Criticism — Newsflash: You’re not perfect. Your boss is going to comment on areas where you could use improvement, and that’s OK. Don’t take these remarks as personal affronts, and whatever you do, don’t break down and cry in the meeting.

4. Set Goals — After the boss gives you constructive criticism, use his or her words to craft performance goals you can talk about at the next evaluation.

5. Anticipate Supervisor Comments — You know better than anyone where you’ve been struggling, so really, the boss’ criticisms shouldn’t come out of left field. Before the meeting, predict what your supervisor will say and prepare responses accordingly. You’ll appear well organized and engaged.