My sister n law had an interview today and then they sent her get a drug test and physical before they decide on hiring her. How long will it take before the employer gets the results. The wait is driving her nuts.
Once i get to the "go get the drug test/physical" part of the job process I don't muc worry about it. As long as you know you haven't been messing around with drugs and are healthy the job is basically a done deal in my experience anyway. I guess there is always a little doubt in how exact those darn test are, and the fear that although I've not been "using drugs" it'll still somehow come back positive! That would be the pits, but even those technicians can mess up and end up with inaccurate results.
I'm betting your sister will be at work before long!
We send our potential employees for drug testing. Where I work, we normally get our potential employees' drug tests back in 24-48 hours if the drug test was sent out that day to a local lab. There are several medications that can show a positive for drugs such as certain cough medicines. If this is the case, they often send it to a second level of drug testing which will take 3-4 days to identify if it is medication or drugs. There is also a 3rd level that may take an additional week.
I agree with Judi. I think they have to wait until after they offer the job. They can require it prior to start and make it contingent on the results, but I think they have to make the offer. Besides, wouldn't that get costly to require tests of all applicants? Though, Home Depot had a sign up saying they drug test all applicants (haven't been in the Depot in a LONG time so I don't know if the sign is there anymore.)
Anyway, when I've had mine after hire, I've never gotten results.