(Closed) Can they really do this?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Sazerac: Very much so.  It also depends on the field you’re going into.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Sazerac: Yup, completely normal.

I had my fingerprints taken first day on the job, and had to go in for a drug test on 24 hrs notice before my offer was official.

It doesn’t make sense to list in the job requirements, “you will have to undergo a drug test” because then people can “prepare” for it.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Yes they can.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I was drug tested for my current job, but it was done before they issued me my official offer letter. At first I thought they were joking about the drug test because it’s kind of a high level corporate job and I’ve gone through the interview process with three similar companies, none of which required a drug test. But they were serious! So I went and got it done about 4 hours after I was told it had to be done (it was also last second and had to be done immediatley). I’m wondering why they actually hired you though before testing you, usually it’s a pre-employment type of thing.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

What would be the point of a drug test if they tipped you off beforehand? 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Hmmm, most places will do it in the pre-employment process (no point in wasting time filling out new hire paperwork if you can’t pass the tests), but it’s very common to not mention those steps in the hiring process.  Otherwise, it’s not as accurate, since extra notice gives candidates time to prepare.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Sazerac:  Not to bore you with HR talk, but there are a few different theories when it comes to testing and checks.  You’ll most often see information about testing and checks in the job ad if it’s mandated by the state or feds, or if regular testing is a part of the job.  Honestly, I rarely see companies test everyone who applies or everyone who interviews because it can get really costly.  On the other hand, I’ve never seen a company have you fill out the new hire paperwork and then take you for testing/checks.  That seems backwards to me, too.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Maybe b/c most people who this company hires will pass the test? So they don’t want to bother making tons of people take it who they won’t end up hiring?

Post # 13
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Helper bee

i don’t get it, why are you so bothered when you expected it and you’ll pass anyway.  

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