Drug tests and background checks
March 6, 2014 5:59 AM Subscribe
I just got a great job at a federal facility as a non-federal employee. Because I'm going to be working in a federal building, I need a background check, physical, and (presumably) drug test. I've smoked pot in the last month, although not many times in the past several months – I shouldn't trigger a concentration-based drug test, but I could trace positive for trace amounts. I feel totally comfortable about the drug test, unless they disqualify me for /any/ amount of THC, I should be fine. The problem comes with the background check, which asks me if I've done any illegal drugs in the past year.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (28 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The answer is yes, of course, but I'm afraid that if I answer truthfully I'll be immediately disqualified from the job. At the same time, if they cross-reference the drug test results with my background check then they might find that I have trace amounts in my system.
I'm going crazy because this is a great job and I'll be upset if I lose it because of something as trivial as marijuana (in California, no less). I don't feel like I have any good options, but I guess I would tend to just suck it up and tell the truth and hope that they don't throw away my application because of it.
I'd love to hear people's thoughts and advice.