A business owner recently vented his frustration to me around the number of job seekers who FAILED a work drug test at his company:
"As a fairly active employer when it comes to hiring, I need to share with you my recent frustration when it comes to new hires and drug testing. We have had a particularly bad run in the last quarter with over a dozen failed tests. With over half of the candidates being college grads, I was particularly surprised! It actually seems more like an IQ test, why take it if you are going to fail? People currently in a job hunt should really be more aware of how testing works, and be prepared to pass. It is both disappointing and expensive for us as employers."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. When I contacted him to get more details around the situation, here's what he told me:
- 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+.
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