(Closed) NWR: Work Reviews

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have not done a formal career review besides menial part-time job related ones. but as someone who really screwed up in high school math and then had to explain it in college interviews, don’t be down on yourself. Admit your shortcomings readily but not in a self-deprecating way. For example: “While I have been 100% committed to working hard in my time here, I don’t feel that I have reached my full potential. I’m still learning and now I know that in _____ instance I will do _____. I’m confident that with continued hard work, I’ll be able to thrive in this environment.” 

Hope that helps at least a little. 🙂 

Post # 4
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I don’t know what the review process is at your place of employment.  I’ve seen some that are just one meeting, some that are multiple meetings (you present your self-review and then a week later your boss(es) do theres).  


Either way, I would try to prepare for the meeting by making a list of areas that you feel like you need to improve in and then try to identify specific (measurable) goals to help you improve.  It also shows that you are aware of what performance currently is and would like to improve.  


I’m not a lawyer, so I can’t really provide any good examples from that aspect, but as a to-be-pharmacist (who has had multiple formal reviews) here’s the top-of-my head example:

Goal: To become more familiar with Medicare Part D.

Steps to achieve goal: 

  • Attend continuing education class on June 1st regarding the laws surrounding Medicare Part D.
  • Review company policies and procedures regarding billing Medicare Part D claims.
  • Work with Pharmacists A.B. to discuss problem resolution for Medicare Part D claims.

Sorry, it’s not a great example…

Post # 5
651 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I don’t have any real advice, but I’m looking forward to responses to this topic.  Despite the fact that I’ve been at my company for 3 years I’ve never had a formal review because this is the first year we are having them! 

Post # 7
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@monitajb: that’s great that you get copied of the reviews prior to the meeting! That will definitely help you prepare!

Post # 8
1278 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

It certainly helps going in there prepared! Have a list of the areas you hope to improve in and the ways you are planning on doing that. Even though you know you need to improve, showing them how you go plan to go about it will really impress them. Don’t be afraid to put on there how they can help you to reach your goals – if you need extra training, or a mentor, suggest that.

Most importantly though, don’t undersell yourself too much! Women sometimes have a habit of down playing the great work we do and being too modest. Find some things you are proud of and make sure to mention them.

Good luck with the review!

Post # 10
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I honestly don’t think you will be looking at a lot of need improvement comments. In a review process you should be judged on where you are in regards to where you should be. As long as you are progressing at a steady pace and are showing that you are willing to work hard and learn they I think your review will be a lot better than expected. To prepare I would just have a list of areas that you would like to focus on and talk to your boss about areas that you will like some guidance in. Good Luck!

Post # 11
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

When you are preparing, make sure you list out your accomplishments (not just your short-comings).  Are there any professional development classes you could take to help you?  This will be your time to bring that up and ask if you can go.

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