Don’t Ask for a Raise in the Review Meeting
If you’ve heard that the company’s standard annual increase is 4% and you’re looking for 7%, don’t wait until the review meeting to say so. Managers often budget next year's salaries months ahead of time and only deliver the news at the annual review meeting. If you want or expect a better-than-average increase, you and your manager should have talked about that at least once already. If you’ve missed the boat for next year, ask about the opportunity for a special performance and salary review at midyear, or the opportunity for a bonus if a major goal is met.