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When I was looking for a job, I completely misread my current employer. The company is different from what I thought, and I am looking for a new job sooner than I hoped. I do not want to repeat this mistake, and I am curious about ways to learn more about a potential employer.

Since it is employers who conduct interviews, take references, and screen backgrounds, many applicants do not realize that they should be at least as diligent in checking out an employer. Employees who do not check out employers typically end up checking out early.

One of the most important steps is to visit the company multiple times and meet with as many people as possible prior to accepting any job offer. By doing so, you are more likely to get beyond the first impressions and see if there is any substance behind them.

In addition to asking garden variety questions about products, benefits, and goals, do not be afraid to go beyond that. For example, during formal or informal discussions, try to learn what employees like and dislike about the company, how long they have been with the company, why the position is open, if there are any common themes in exit interviews, and employees' thoughts on communication, recognition, advancement, and employee learning and development.

On top of this, there are many blogs that can provide valuable insights into a company. By combining these types of steps, you increase the likelihood of being part of the company rather than parting company.

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