Understanding Your Manager’s Expectations

One of the hardest things for me to do in my first internship was knowing what my manager expected from me. At the beginning I was complacent and just thought my manager would tell me if I was doing something wrong, but I soon realized that I needed to be active in knowing what my manager’s expectations were. Chances are you have a similar issue and are in search of some help. Well, look no farther! Here are a few tips on how to understand you manager’s expectations.

Tip #1: Set Up a MeetingĀ 

It is important to set up a meeting with your manager within the first few weeks of your internship. The meeting doesn’t have to be any longer than a half hour to an hour. This meeting should set the framework for the rest of your internship.

Ask your manager the following questions:

  • What are my main priorities?
  • How quickly should these tasks be done?
  • When are important deadlines?
  • What should take precedence?
  • How should I prioritize?

By knowing what your main tasks are, you won’t be overwhelmed when several tasks come at once. You’ll have confidence knowing which tasks you should prioritize.

Tip #2: Ask for Feedback

It can be intimidating to ask for feedback on your work. At least for me it was, but I knew that it was the only way to grow. On most of my big projects, I made sure I stayed in close contact with my manager and made sure I clearly understood the expectation.

On your next project ask your manager the following questions:

  • Was the quality of my work what you expected?
  • Was it delivered in sufficient time?
  • What could I improve on?

Make sure you are comfortable with your managers expectations. Be open and if you feel the deadline was too tight and you felt your quality suffered, let your manager know your concerns so he or she is aware that you weren’t cutting corners. Getting feedback will improve your work and your overall attitude about your work. Knowing you are doing a good job on your tasks makes you feel good about yourself.

Tip #3: Over PrepareĀ 

Make sure you always give yourself plenty of time to get a project done. If you think you can get it done by the end of the day, give yourself until the next morning if possible, just in case something unforeseen happens. Try to think of any questions your manager might have and be prepared to answer them. Give yourself plenty of time to pull together a good presentation. This shows you have a great deal of pride in your work and your manager will be impressed. Remember to under promise and over deliver. Make sure you over estimate the time it will take you to get something done and go one step further than what your manager is expecting.

I hope you all have been enjoying my posts. I can’t believe how fast this is going by. Stop by tomorrow for day four!

Have a great rest of the day!

-Shelby

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