How to Prepare for a Drug Test

Many employers require that new employees take a drug test as part of the hiring process. It’s a common practice, but if you’ve never taken a drug test before, you might be wondering what you can expect and how to prepare. Check out these 3 tips to help you understand the process.

Drug Test

Know the Type of Drug Test

These days, there are many different ways to perform a drug test. You’re probably most familiar with a urine test, but there are several others. Oral fluid is tested using a saliva sample, and hair is tested by plucking a strand and testing the follicle. Regardless, it’s likely you’ll receive a 10 panel drug test, which is a comprehensive test for many different kinds of illegal substances.

Ask for a Time and Date

Most drug tests are scheduled. In some cases, the person being tested can make the appointment. In other cases, the person being tested may receive a date and time to be at the testing facility. Either way, see if you can find out when you’ll be taking the test. It might ease your mind to know when the appointment is so you can mentally prepare for taking the test.

Have the Proper Paperwork

You will be required to have the appropriate paperwork to take the test. You’ll need a valid government issued photo ID. It can’t be expired. You may also need papers from your employer authorizing the test. Be sure that you’ve determined how the test will be paid for before you arrive at the facility. You don’t want to be caught without the funds to pay for your drug test.

Quick and Painless

If you follow these simple tips, you’re likely to have a easy time taking your drug test. If nothing else, it may sooth any worries.