Some jobs require you to be more physically active than others. For these jobs, it’s common for an employer to request that you get a pre-employment exam before you start work. Pre-employment exams are performed after a company has made you an offer. Like a drug test, it’s one of the final steps in a hiring process.

What happens during a work-related physical exam?

During a work-related physical exam, a IMC Immediate Medical Care provider will check your overall health and look for possible symptoms of illness or chronic conditions that may keep you from performing the duties of your job. The tests your provider recommends will depend on the type of physical examination being conducted. You’ll review your medical health history and job information with your IMC Immediate Medical Care provider, if applicable. Your provider will usually check:

  • Vital signs – such as blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature.
  • Your heart – to detect possible signs of heart disease.
  • Your lungs – to listen for any wheezing or difficulty breathing.
  • Your abdomen – to check on the health of your liver, bowels, and other organs.
  • Your skin – skin problems can be signs and symptoms of other underlying illnesses.