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Getting ready for job evaluation

Especially in larger organizations, job evaluation and classification is a routine HR activity.

Promotion to next level in career or assignment to another task that offers better career
opportunity; all will depend on how your last evaluation went.

May be you have been pretty okay at your job all the time but here is the moment to seal it. But
the fact remains that Performance reviews are intimidating. No one likes being judged, but your
yearly review at work is a great opportunity to improve yourself and press your case for career
advancement. You'll be on the spotlight, in front of your boss or immediate supervisor, and
you'll be asked to not only prove how valuable you are to the company, but also how you've
improved since your last job evaluation. No matter the circumstances for your review, you'll
want to go in prepared. Well-armed with information, history, and poise, you could confidently
request a raise or promotion. Remember! This one event is to decide if you are going up your
career ladder this time. This is one crucial event, and needs your serious attention and
preparation accordingly.

Some Months before Your Review

The evaluation preparations should start the day you're hired. In the months leading up to your
performance review, you need to be working on your actual performance. There are so many
ways you can stand out positively to management:

 Put in extra time or effort.

 Display exceptional results.
 Start new projects.
 Learn new skills.
 Demonstrate leadership.
 Take on new responsibilities.

Throughout this process, keep track of all your accomplishments. You'll need quantifiable
results to show when you enter the performance review. This preparation is crucial if you want
to climb the corporate ladder.

Some Week Before Your Review

First, you'll want to take account of the results of your hard work. Take inventory of all the
completed tasks you've had over the past year (or the evaluation period) and list them down.
Use objective figures whenever possible--that means verifiable numbers. Did you do any new
initiatives you've started, new skills or responsibilities you acquired ? Did you ? Memorize
these, as you don't want to read from a list during the review.

Second, you'll need to establish your goals. Think about what it is you want out of the review.
Are you aspiring for a promotion? Are you looking for a pay raise. Clarifying your goals in your
head will help you present yourself better during the review.

The Night Before Your Review

Once you've equipped yourself with all the necessary information and background, you can
start preparing for your presentation in the interview itself:

 Prepare to dress well.

 Practice the recitation of your accomplishments.
 Practice your posture and diction.
 Anticipate hard questions.

If you have already prepared to face some of the tough questions that you already anticipated,
it ensures brighter chances that you would breeze through. It's your career! You have both the
power and responsibility to manage your own performance. Make the best of this opportunity
your job evaluation offers to make your contributions known and recorded.