How long should it take to receive the results for pre-employment drug test and background check?

I was offered a job from Blue Cross Blue Shield on Monday (Jan. 26). I was informed I had to take a drug test and they would do a background/criminal check. I was curious how long this should take and was wondering why they would offer me a job before doing the background check and drug screen.

Asked By: Drew S - 1/29/2009
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I am an office manager and do these all the time. however it may vary by company. Our drug tests take 2 days for results. For background checks they can take anywhere from 3 - 10 days depending on how long the state takes to get the criminal background back. It usually varies from state to state.
Answered By: spirishno1 - 1/29/2009
Additional Answers (3)
i know it could take up to a week. goodluck.
Answered By: dont take friendship personal. - 1/29/2009
Two or three days... maybe a week. It's very common to offer a job conditional on a satisfactory drug screen and background check.
Answered By: Teekno - 1/29/2009
depending on te company it could take 1-2 weeks they will inform you of their findings one way or the other. some companies offer the jobs before the background check or drug evaluations are completed this is a conditional job offer.
Answered By: silky1 - 1/29/2009
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