Here are some things you might want to do before the big moment.
1. Make a list of your responsibilities
You should already know what these are but putting them down on paper and bringing it to the review will ensure you and your manager are on the same page and that all the necessary subjects are covered.
2. Give yourself a performance review for each area of responsibility
You might think you are doing a poor job in one particular area but your manager might feel you are doing a good job. By giving yourself a review you will be able to address any discrepancies in your performance.
3. Write down your goals for the next year
Show some initiative. Write down a few goals that you have for yourself over the next year. These goals can relate to certain accomplishments, learning certain skills, improving your abilities in certain areas, etc. be sure to communicate why you are choosing these goals and how they relate to making you a better, more productive employee.
4. Try to think of anything negative that might come up
Almost every review will include “areas for improvement.” Do your best to think of what these might be so you can show that you are aware of your weaknesses. Tell your manager what you have done, or plan on doing, to address them.
5. The key is to accept responsibility for the good and bad
graciously thanking your manager for any praise and accepting responsibility for any issues is the key to a successful review. You manager’s goal in a review is to communicate certain things to you. Make it easy for him/her by being open and accepting to any subject discussed. Reviews are ultimately about making the company stronger.