I recently received a job offer but it is contingent upon me passing the DOD security clearance. Because of some recent marijuana use within the past few months, I am pretty positive I will not pass. The rest of my record is completely spotless, so it is a shame. Nevertheless, it is likely that I would not pass the clearance.
I am not sure how to go about telling the employer…should I explain to them my situation or will that reflect poorly on me in the long run? Would it be better to politely decline the offer without reason? Thanks