Your new job is going great. At least you think so…everyone seems like your work. So why do you need this thing called a 90-day review and how is it going to help you?
First, don’t panic. Having a 90-day review is really helpful for both the employee and employer. Think of it like a tune up on your car. Even though you think you don’t need one, getting the oil changed just saved you from needing a new transmission, or in this case having a review makes it so you can stay on track with meeting and exceeding expectations.
So why does the thought of a review feel like you are going through the interview process all over again? If you get butterflies thinking about presenting your accomplishments, you are not alone. Remember, you already have the job and this is a tool for you to use not just at the three-month mark, but in future reviews. This is your moment to shine and showcase to your supervisor and peers that you are a dedicated team member.
When should you start planning for the review? As soon as you can! Once you have a clear idea of your role is within the organization, start keeping a file on things that you have accomplished and any positive feedback from colleagues. If you are customer facing, gather positive customer feedback. Having personal “testimonials” is a powerful way to show your employer you are committed to excellence.
If you haven’t read it yet, check out our blog on how to find a mentor and sponsor. Both are key to helping you prepare for your 90-day and even annual review.
Now that you have prepped and you have your personal “proof” files, you have set the groundwork in motion for a positive review. One last step if you are still feeling unsure: visit your HR department and ask if they have any guidelines for what the review process will be like and who will be conducting the review.