Setting Expectations for New Hires

by Business Centric Technology (BCT) on December 16, 2022 in Ask a Recruiter, Business Trends, Dallas IT Recruiting, Employment, Uncategorized


Managing a new hire’s expectations is critical to the onboarding process. It helps ensure that everyone is on the same page from day one, which can lead to better performance and a smoother transition into their role. Here are some tips for setting clear expectations with new hires.

Be Clear About Job Responsibilities 

One of the most important things you can do when bringing on a new hire is clearly defining their job responsibilities. This means going into detail about what they will be expected to do and how they should complete those tasks. It’s also important to ensure they understand the scope of the position—what it entails, what they won’t be doing, and any other details that will help them succeed. 

Provide Training Opportunities 

New hires can’t be expected to know everything right away. That’s why providing them with ample training opportunities is key. This could include hands-on training sessions with experienced employees, to online courses, or shadowing an established employee for a few days. The more knowledge and skills you can impart to your new hire, the better prepared they’ll be to hit the ground running in their role. 

Set Performance Goals 

Setting performance goals is another great way to manage expectations with new hires. This helps both parties understand what needs to be accomplished and when it needs to be completed. Additionally, it motivates your new hire as they work towards achieving specific targets throughout their first few weeks and months on the job. Please ensure these goals are realistic yet challenging so your new hire feels motivated but not overwhelmed by them. 

Establishing clear expectations from day one is essential to onboarding a new hire successfully. By being upfront about job responsibilities, providing ample training opportunities, and setting performance goals, you can help ensure that everyone is on the same page from the start—which leads to happier employees and better results for your business overall!

Trent Lyons is a Technical Recruitment Lead at Business Centric Technology. If you are interested in learning more about how to get the best IT talent in the Dallas metroplex, contact Trent, who specializes in recruiting IT talent in Dallas, Ft. Worth, and North Texas. If you are looking for a rewarding career, contact us today.