Employer not responding. Is it okay to contact employer after drug test?

Hey guys, here's my situation. I went in for an interview for a job on Oct. 26. Everything at the interview went great, even better than expected. I filled out paper work authorizing the company to do a background check on me, and authorizing the procedure of a drug test. I went to a medical facility a couple

Hey guys, here's my situation. I went in for an interview for a job on Oct. 26. Everything at the interview went great, even better than expected. I filled out paper work authorizing the company to do a background check on me, and authorizing the procedure of a drug test. I went to a medical facility a couple of hours after the interview for the drug test. Now here s where I get confused. It s been a good while since my drug test and my initial interview and I haven t heard anything back from my employer. I reached out to the hiring manager via email and didn t get a response. Before anyone says anything, no, I didn t fail the drug test. I don t use any substances. The lab told me that they would contact me before the employer would be notified if that was the case.
Is it acceptable to call and question them about what is going on? Any reasonable explanations for this unresponsiveness to my emails and just overall taking a long time to inform me?

Best Answer:

Thomas: We follow the exact same hiring process at my place of employment. Often times, they interview and send people to the drug test as part of a screening process, and if successful, they place you in a labor pool of sorts. Whenever they are hiring, you'll be one of the first they call. Best of luck! (I do find it odd that they didn't respond to your email. I would always recommend visiting in person though. A better reflection of yourself.)

Other answer:

Thomas:
I'd start by contacting the lab. Make sure the results came back and they submitted them to the employer. Sometimes that can take a full week or so. The company may not have started the background check until after that.

I would wait a few more days, and CALL the hiring manager on Thursday. Be polite, but ask them what your status is and what their anticipated timeframe is. You are in a holding pattern waiting on this mutually beneficial opportunity.

Michael:
If the job/position is important, no, don't call. Send a handwritten thank you card or letter thanking them for the consideration you have received just for applying. Then somewhere before the closing (make it short, a good-protocol savvy note can easily turn against you if it babbles on or runs too long) just ask if there is anything you can do, additional credentials, information…etc to expedite the process (yeah, use a word like expedite, something not pretentious but eye catching). If it is not that important, or it's an hourly job with more expectations on you than humanly possible- call and ask what the F*ck is their problem, that should do it.
zimafl:
Long time hiring manager here: My opinion is that it's one of two things. In my company, we loathe that background checks seem to take forever. I've seen it take as long as 6 weeks, which is very frustrating. Believe me, if I've advertised a position, I need it filled right away. So that's one possibility.

The second is not so great, which is that they may have chosen another candidate and are keeping you "on the hook" until the chosen one accepts their offer. It's just wrong not to at least call you back and tell you something.

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Invictus:
I agree with contacting them for a followup but keep on applying elsewhere. While lab results may take time, most employers hire people long before the lab results are sent back.
tro:
certainly calling by phone and hopefully getting someone that can give you an answer is a viable option
never hurts to follow up interviews with calls
don't mention they haven't responded, other than telling them you have tried to make contact(don't ever make them look like they are at fault)
WRG:
Call but don't mention the drug test. It will make the employer think you were worried that you failed.
Casey Y:
Those lab results can take time, as can the criminal background check, depending on how comprehensive….

That's two weeks, wait another and email on Monday. If no response, call on Wednesday.

In the meantime, keep applying elsewhere.

BShaps:
Sure, but the answer is going to be that they were more interested in another candidate. It's like when a girl doesn't call you back, it is because she's not interested.

It is totally acceptable to call and inquire though, so knock yourself out if you want to.

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