Are you considering applying for a job at your local Walmart? If so, you may be wondering if Walmart drug tests people in the hiring process or does random drug tests after you get hired. This information may be a tipping point in your job search. Here’s everything I could find out about drug tests at Walmart and how the process works.
Does Walmart Drug Test New Workers in 2022?
Yes…but NOT all new hires have to drug test at Walmart.
Are All Employees Subject to a Drug Test?
According to my research, and talking to a couple Walmart employees, not all new hires are required to take a drug test.
Only certain departments are required to take a drug test and it seems this can change from store to store.
But for the most part, they involve departments that handle heavy equipment like a fork lift, pharmacy techs, sporting goods, and managerial positions all require a drug test.
Cashier positions are NOT required to take drug test at Walmart.
I was also told that many Walmart locations will NOT drug test seasonal workers around Black Friday and Christmas.
When Will I Have to Pee in a Cup?
Walmart will NOT ask you to do a drug test at your actual interview. (Side note: Here’s what you wear to the interview)
But they may ask you to visit a local drug testing center on the same day as your interview or a day later.
Does Walmart Exclude Marijuana Like Amazon Does?
This question has been up for debate recently and Walmart seems to not be taking a side…yet.
Walmart recently fired an employee who tested positive for marijuana even though they lived in a state where pot was legal.
This led to a long legal battle.
Bottom-line, Walmart still DOES test for marijuana but it looks like this might be coming to an end.
Does Walmart Also Perform Random Drug Tests?
Walmart reserves the right to perform random drug tests on employees.
From my research, it seems “random tests” are more in-line with a manager calling for a drug test if they feel one is warranted.
If you decline to take a random drug test, Walmart will consider it a positive test result and reserves the right to terminate your employment.
Do They Do Drug Tests After Accidents or “Incidents”?
Similar to Amazon, Walmart reserves the right to ask you to take a drug test after an on-the-job accident or incident where they feel you might be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Your employment can be terminated if your test results come back positive or you decline to take the test.
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Does Walmart Also Perform a Background Check?
In order to limit the risk of new hires, Walmart will perform a background check on you during the interview/hiring process.
They’ll check your record to see if you have any misdemeanor or felony convictions in the past 7 years.
If you have a spotty record, especially a violent record, they’ll typically exclude you from their pool of job candidates.
Ask the Reader: Have you ever taken a drug test for employment at Walmart? What information am I missing? Let me know below, thanks.
By Kyle James