One of the biggest mistakes job seekers make is forgetting to check out any company that offers them a job. So thrilled with getting a position, some jump at the chance to join a new team and a new organization.

Before you accept a job offer, don’t forget to check out the company. You don’t want to accept a position and then hear a month later that most nurses in your professional group would have told you to stay away from that particular company.

What do you need to know before you join a new company?

Find out some of this information before you sign. If anything raises a red flag for you, that’s a good sign you need more information to make an informed decision.

Is this a new position? If you are being hired in a new position, find out why the need arose. If it’s not a new position, see if you can find out why the previous nurse left.

Have they had recent layoffs? They might be cutting down on full timers so they can have a part-time staff with fewer benefits.

Do they have high turnover? Nurses retention is a sign that the nurses are happy with the company. If nurses come and go quickly, you might want to find out why.

Do they have any kind of superior ratings? A hospital that has good ratings or something like magnet status has high expectations.

Do they have new management? If so, you should ask professional colleagues what they know about the changes.

Have they been in the news lately? This is obvious, but a quick Google search can reveal a whole lot about an organization’s stability. Anything like a potential takeover, a recent merger, a strike, a lawsuit, or patient safety complaints might come up.

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Do you know anyone who works there? If so, reach out to them to find out what the culture is like. Do they have realistic expectations for nurses? Are the nurses a cohesive unit or a disjointed group?

What does the company look like on LinkedIn or Glassdoor? See what other employees have to say.

These are just a few ideas, but they show that you can’t just accept a job offer blindly. Most of these questions can be answered with a quick Google search and a few others might require some asking around (only of people you trust).

Remember, you want to make sure you pick a good company just as much as they want to make sure they are getting a good employee.

Julia Quinn-Szcesuil
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