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Do agencies drug-test before hiring? If that’s the case, well, uh…


Hi Jancy,
I had a question as whether ad agencies drug test. I really don’t mean to sound like a weirdo but I consider myself an open-minded person and assumed it was accepted in the industry. I just got a job offer on the account side with DDB (an Omnicom company) and I’m a little worried because I read somewhere on the internet that Omnicom drug tests for pre-employment. I don’t know if this means that only some Omnicom companies require it or if Omnicom actually requires it of all of their companies. I’m no addict but recently had some pot at a concert and really don’t want to lose this position over something so harmless and stupid. Thanks for your help!

intro Do agencies drug test before hiring? If thats the case, well, uh...Have to admit, we’ve never heard of an ad agency testing for drugs. If they did the creative departments may be empty. Don’t worry about the pot.
Many agencies do background checks. If you have a criminal record, this could be of concern to an employer. Multiple references are also required by many places. Many companies are less casual about the histories of potential employees than they once were. You sound like an upstanding citizen and all. Sleep well.

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'Jancy' is Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, Co-Founders of Swim, a unique “creative leadership training lab for advertising creatives and marketers.” Prior to Swim, Jancy was globally renowned as the Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto, a position they held for thirteen of the twenty years they were a creative duo at the agency. Over the years they've racked up Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show pencils and CA credits, and have lead their shop to two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and a Grand Clio. They've judged CA, Cannes, D&AD, the One Show, the Clios and other prestigious award shows. Creativity named them two of the top 50 creative people of 2008. Known for their outspoken, no-bullshit style and a passion for mentoring juniors, they're ready to give you advice if you're ready to take it.

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