The annual performance evaluation is a step that almost all employees go through in order to evaluate the previous year’s performance, to assess skills and to define objectives for the future.
Beyond its professional aspect, the annual performance review is an exchange that strengthens the relationship between the members of a company.
However, the annual performance review is not a great experience for everyone. Many people experience a bad moment as they didn’t properly prepare for their interview.
Here are some tips to prepare for your interview:
List your accomplishments :
Before you go into the annual performance evaluation, it is necessary for you to take stock of everything you have accomplished during the past year. Do not hesitate to reinforce your list with concrete data or documents that prove your performance.
You can also share with your interviewer the number of projects completed and compare the results with expectations.
Preparing a list of accomplishments can help you to have a better visibility of your performance.
Identify your challenges and failures:
It is essential to identify the difficulties encountered as well as the challenges overcome throughout the past year. By listing all the obstacles and failures you have encountered, you can directly identify areas for improvement. Remember that we all have weaknesses and that the person interviewing is expecting it.
Define your professional goals for the following year:
In order to define your professional goals for the next year, you need to have a long-term vision. If you want to change jobs at the end of the year, your objectives will not be consistent with your future plans. It is therefore necessary to have a long-term vision in order to be able to set short and medium-term objectives.
Your objectives must be realistic and measurable, you must integrate them into a schedule with precise deadlines. Don’t forget to use a KPI measurement tool in order to evaluate the progress of your objectives and properly manage your projects.
Analyze labor market trends:
Studying labor market trends can be a good decision. Through this analysis, you will be able to find out in which industries hires the most and which jobs are most sought-after. You can do your research with the help of economic reports or statistics from various reliable information sources (INSEE, Eurostat, Google Public Data).
The individual interview is an opportunity to stand out and prove yourself. Thanks to this conversation, many aspects can be renegotiated (remuneration, missions, etc.) to align with your professional projects and expectations.