Is your personal time a reason that you cannot land the job that you want? During some recent research I ran into some interesting information on things that may be hindering your job search. What are the elements that may be causing you to sabotage your own hunt?
This week kicks off part one of the, “JOB SEARCH SABOTAGE.”

Don’t Take Drug Test if You Know You’ll Fail

A business owner recently vented his frustration around the number of job seekers who FAIL drug tests at his company.  Now, you might be thinking, “I bet this it was a bunch of punk kids,” or “The job probably pays squat.” Well, you are wrong. After getting more details around the situation, here’s what was learned:

  • In three months, he tested 39 prospective employees at $45/test. That’s an estimated $7,000/year spent on drug testing
  • Only 25% passed.
  • Their ages ranged between 21-52 years old.
  • The owner estimates the additional cost of the wasted time/expense went into interviewing these people prior to the test at $24,000+.

More importantly, these people missed out on jobs that paid between $50,000 – $58,000/year!

Here’s the takeaway for job seekers.

Many companies are using drug tests these days as a way to weed out employees. Be sure to find out BEFORE you apply if the company is going to ask you to take a drug test to avoid any embarrassment if you cannot pass one.

What should you do if you find out about the drug test AFTER the interview?

If the company fails to mention the drug test until after your interview. Simply say you’d be happy to take the test and leave. Then, call them back and say that upon reflection, you’ve decided the job isn’t for you. That way, you won’t be embarrassed when you fail and you’ll save the company the cost of giving you the test.

Obviously the best advice is to, “Just Say No,” and  “Take a Bite Out of Crime,” as McGruff the Crime Dog taught us. I question if this is even a reference that is understood anymore. However,  it is important to remember that if you are seeking change from your current situation, whether its a new job, a new house, new car, or a new start for you and your family, you may have to change your choices.


Based upon a blog from: CAREEREALISM

Revised by Amanda Sanderson