Looking for a job? Better be healthy, and best not to smoke


As the economy slowly recovers, employers may expand a program to job candidates that has mostly been applied to the current workforce: health screenings.

A test for nicotine, for example, can determine if a job applicant smokes and remove them from the job candidate pool as a way to ultimately save the company money in health insurance and other costs, according to a blog at Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement firm.

It's a buyer's market, and employers can afford to be picky.

Credit checks and drug screenings are also popular to weed out job candidates. The ideal candidate may be someone who is thin, doesn't smoke, doesn't use drugs and has good credit.