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response to reviews

The firm I work for does annual reviews (I know other firms have little evaluations much more frequently.) My first review will be coming up in a couple of months. Do you have any advice for a first-year on how to prep for a review? I don't think that the reviewee is expected to bring a written self-evaluation to the table, but I feel the need to write one for myself to help bolster me mentally against criticisms, and potentially to argue on my own behalf. What should I expect? Should I be prepared to counter the reviewers evaluation of my "weak points" or do I just sit and listen quietly?

The most effective way is for you to keep notes of all the good things you did, especially the above-and-beyond work you performed. Also, you should probably have a good idea of the weaknesses that your reviewer will bring up, and so you should make sure to bring up counter-points. When the reviewer has a valid point, just agree with him or her and tell that person you're working on it. This will show that you're not being too defensive. Keep in mind that this is just as painful for the reviewer also. Don't be too attacking, at the same time don't be too meek. Again, make sure to stress your strong points, and agree to work on the weak ones.
Ask what it takes in your reviewer's mind to get a more positive review. Now that puts the reviewer on the spot, and you can hold that person to their particular statements on the characteristics or work they're looking for in order to give you a higher rating. So if you achieve that on the next go around, they'll have no choice but to bump your rating up.


Anonymous said…
What are some examples of the above-and-beyond work performed by staff at the associate level?

Thanks for keeping this blog alive! Your posts have been very valuable for me personally!
Anonymous said…
Could you suggest a smooth way of dealing with my workaholic managers who expect me to work as much? (Please note that I am a third-year Assurance Associate and not interested in asking for a transfer).
Thank you in advance

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