What is done during a pre-employment physical exam?

 A pre-employment physical exam can focus on almost anything that is specifically related to whether the potential employee would be able to get the job done, according to Premier HealthNet (PHN) physicians.

The examiner is checking to see if the potential employee’s physical capabilities meet the needs of the job description from the employer, PHN physicians say.

If you are an employee, for example, that will be doing a lot of lifting in your job, your exam might require that you show your ability to lift items similar in weight to what the job would need. If, however, your job is mainly a desk job, for example, that does not have physical requirements listed in the job description, you could not be asked to show these same kinds of physical skills during a pre-employment physical exam.

For more information about pre-employment physicals, talk with your doctor.