Complicated situation involving current boss, potential new job and a drug test I'm not sure I can pass. I really need advice!
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I work in fundraising for a non-profit in the Pacific Northwest. My boss, who I work very well with and like, is leaving for another organization, as our current organization is becoming increasingly dysfunctional. She has made two (unsolicited) connections on my behalf regarding job opportunities, as she is well connected in the community (and a great contact to have).
This question is regarding one of these job opportunities. She met with the Director of Development at this organization and spoke so well of me the Director, according to my boss, seemed ready to hire me on the spot. My boss said no, interview him first. I would also of course like to interview first, as I'm not even sure I want the job. In any case, I am expecting to get a call for an interview early this week. The job is closer to my home and would most likely pay decently more money; though I am still unsure if it is an organization I would be happy at.
Last Friday, I submitted my paperwork - resume, letter and an application required by all potential employees to fill out. And that's when I became concerned, as there is an entire page in the application that states, in a somewhat demagoguing way, that all applicants, before a final offer of employment, will be required to submit to a drug test.
I've been pretty much a daily pot smoker for 6 years. I stopped smoking when I saw the page in the application and started doing the 'drinking lots of water and cranberry juice' thing, but considering that marijuana is cumulative and my interview will likely be later this week, with the potential drug screening looming presumably shortly after that, I'm not sure I stand a chance of passing.
I also take crazy meds, prescribed of course, and, according to the page in the application, would be required to submit written notes from my doctor regarding these. That wouldn't be a problem.
This is of course complicated by the fact that, if offered a position, and if required to take a drug test before employment, and if I take it and fail, it will get back to my current boss. The Director of Development at the new organization would certainly tell her they couldn't hire me because of complications with my drug screening. While this wouldn't be the end of the world, it wouldn't be great, especially since my boss is so willing to go to bat for me when it comes to employment, etc.
I don't know what to do. As I see it, I have these options:
1) Drink lots of water this week, don't smoke, and hope for the best if I get offered the position and am required to take the test. There is of course a chance they won't follow through with the screening; the organization involves working with at-risk youth, and it's possible that it is more of a deterrent in the application - but there is of course no way to tell. If I did take the test and it came back positive, well, I'd have to explain some things to my current boss as well as do some damage control as the non-profit community in my city is small.
2) Go to the interview and if asked to submit to a drug test, simply turn down the position, telling them that it didn't seem like the best fit and there's no need follow through with the rest of the process. Tell my boss I didn't get a great vibe from the place and just cut my losses as far as the new job goes.
There is no immediate danger of my losing my current job. I should also note that this is not a field I want to stay in and am actively trying to figure out how to transition out of. The new job, beyond the potential pay increase, would be a largely lateral move. Still, I'd rather not burn bridges or hurt my reputation.
What should I do? Is there any chance of passing the drug test? Should I, as a pot smoker, just avoid working for such organizations? All of this is a bit presumptuous, I admit, but taking the possibility of having to take a drug test in a week is giving me anxiety up the wazoo, which is being exacerbated of course by the quitting smoking weed.
I've set up a throwaway account: firstname.lastname@example.org
I will also respond to any questions via the mods.
Thank you so much hive mind.