Question: How many employers use drug tests on applicants?
Exact numbers are not currently known, but some figures put the number as high as 50%. Most likely it is somewhere between 20% and 50%. It is always best to assume the company does drug testing unless proven otherwise.
Question: How long do drugs stay in your body?
All drugs spend different periods of time in your body. Interestingly, marijuana is one of the longest lasting drugs. It can stay in your body for as long as 3 months if used daily, though only about 5 days if you use it just once. Most other drugs only stay in your system between 2 and 5 days.
Question: How often do employers check for Marijuana use?
Marijuana has a bad reputation. Whether you agree or disagree with its reputation, there is little denying it is not on par with harder drugs such as cocaine or heroin. So not all employers check for marijuana use. Yet most companies still test for marijuana if they do drug testing. However, most companies that complete drug testing do tend to test for marijuana as well. It is safe to assume that all employers test you for marijuana use.
Question: Can you cheat drug tests?
No, you cannot cheat drug tests. Drinking a lot of water, using supplements and remedies – none of these work. Most of these drugs are in your fat and tissues, and you cannot expunge that with any home remedies.
Question: Are there a lot of false positives?
Yes, there are actually quite a few false positives. Drug screening is prone to errors from things like cold medicine, poppy seeds, pharmaceutical drugs and much more. Hair testing is expected to reduce these errors, but false positives will still occur. If you are confident you have not done drugs, ask for a retest.
Overall, drug screening is common for applicants and even recreational drug use, especially with marijuana, has the potential to harm your employment. If you do drugs, you may need to seek out companies that do not do drug tests or detox for quite a while before going into the interview.
Take Away Interview tips
- Drugs are bad [for employment].