ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s one thing to flub a job interview. It’s quite another to have a urine-filled balloon explode on your person when you’re in the middle of a pre-employment drug screening.
That’s what happened several months ago to a candidate applying for a job at the Albuquerque-based commercial moving company Innovative Moving Systems. The man, unaware the test would be supervised by a lab employee, had apparently planned to use the drug-free urine inside the balloon for the test, instead of his own. Needless to say, he failed the test and didn’t get the position.
Wayne Moss, Innovative Moving Systems’ president, chuckles about the situation now but, to him, the impact of drugs on his business is no laughing matter. He said it can take weeks to find a job candidate who can pass a drug screening, meaning losing out on jobs when the company is understaffed. Then there’s the cost of the tests themselves – between $30 and $40 a piece, given pre-employment and a few times a year randomly – which Moss said he believes are necessary to ensure safety and professionalism in his industry. With the pre-employment drug tests, Moss estimates that, for every 10 tests, four candidates fail and another four never show up for the test.
“We’re talking thousands of dollars that could be much better spent,” Moss said.