Do you have copies of your written performance reviews? Yes? If your reviews were good to great, then take them with you to interviews.
Give Your Performance Reviews to the Interviewer
As the conversation closes, hand the interviewer a file folder that holds your reviews. Tell the interviewer you thought s/he might be interested in what your managers have said about you and your job performance. You know, an instant reference check!
Be sure to use a file folder, not an envelope. It’s almost impossible to hold a file folder without opening it, especially if there’s something juicy, like a confidential performance review, inside it. Conversely, it’s pretty easy to toss an envelope aside.
Trust me, after you leave, they will flip the folder open and read the positive feedback that you have received from past managers. If your interview left with them with doubts about your candidacy, this information would help relieve their concerns. If they liked you, this information would confirm and help solidify their good opinion.
No Performance Reviews — Yet
What if you don’t have any written performance reviews? If you’re working, ask your boss for a review. If s/he doesn’t want to prepare one for you, then write it yourself and offer it your boss as a draft. Ask for edits. Then copy it to your company’s form for your boss’s signature.
The Speed Reference Check!
If the employer wants to hire you, your performance reviews might satisfy them to the extent that they forego further reference checking. That can speed up a job offer by a week or two. I have seen it happen more than once.
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