Managing Expectations (Then Blowing Them Outta the Water)

Sourcers are sourcers because of passion. It’s an exhausting job and for most people, it would be too exhausting to be worthwhile without that passion in place. Regardless of how much you love the job, there are expectations that should be put in place no matter the industry, in order to stay sane every day…or at least as sane as possible.

We all want to be successful at our jobs, but to be successful we need to be able to embrace the expectations of the position. When there’s a miscommunication between a manager and an employee about what the expectations of the role are then there will undoubtedly be a conflict.

How can you manage these expectations while still proving your skill and dedication to the job? Let’s take a look:


Honest conversations:

This is going to be the backbone of any successful working relationship. A manager needs to be clear and direct about what the expectations of the role are from the start. An employee needs to be clear and direct about what their expectations of management are, what support they are in need of to do their job, etc. Expectations and job responsibilities will probably change over time so have check-ins regularly amongst your team and make sure that the doors of communication are always open.

Assuming makes an…you know the saying…:

This goes in line with honest communication. Don’t assume that someone has the same understanding of a task, project, candidate, client, etc., as you do. Err on the side of giving too much information and context. By making sure that everyone is on a transparent and understanding playing field, you’re providing everyone with the environment they need to be successful.

Expect the best, but plan for the worst:

There’s nothing wrong with expecting your employees or your manager to be amazing. We should all go into the world with the belief that those around us are trying to do the best they can! But the chances of absolutely nothing going wrong are slim to none. Take a minute to consider what the worst things that could happen in a day are and plan for them. Hopefully, you never need to use your plan, but if you do, you’re already good to go.

Now you know how to manage expectations, how can you be successful?


Set realistic goals:

Would it be great to fill pipelines for a thousand positions every month? Of course! But that’s an unattainable goal. Goals are fantastic, but if they aren’t realistic you could find yourself feeling demoralized by never being able to achieve them. Be sure to have a mix of long-term and short-term goals that are challenging, but realistic.

Keep yourself accountable:

There are few things better than an employee or manager that is accountable. They work hard for their achievements and they are willing to grow and learn from their mistakes. Lead by example and be the first one to hold yourself accountable if your company is missing that.

Ask questions:

Time and time again recruiters and hiring managers talk about how wonderful it is when candidates come into an interview with intelligent questions to ask the committee, so why wouldn’t you bring the same focus to work every day? Use questions to create conversations and get those communication doors open!