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How to Get Accepted to a Job When You Have a Criminal Record

Making mistakes is a part of our growth in life. We all have some stories that we do not want other people to know. Personal pitfalls and errors are rarely brought up in job interviews; however, the employers might give mixed opinions if these errors resulted in your conviction!

Different hiring managers and job employers have different ways of handling an applicant with a previous record. In fact, the severity of the violation might influence their decision on whether to hire this person or not. 

Business owners prioritize protecting the image of the business, employees, and clients. They’ll most likely avoid applicants with criminal offenses that might badly affect the business, its clients, and its employees.

If you have a criminal record, do not lose hope in your job search journey. Here are some tips that can help your acceptance in job interviews:

Be Honest with Your Interviewer

Before the interviewers do the background check, you should always alert your future employers on any past convictions on your record. Hiring authorities would usually question how long the violation has occurred and how old you were when the crime took place. If the crime happened a long time ago, the employers might be more lenient in your application. 

You can show proof of how this situation has changed you and has made you learn from your past mistakes. Employers would be more considerate if the crime happened when you were a teenager or in college. They would understand and might look past this record since they can empathize with the fact that a lot of people make horrible decisions during this stage in life!

Find Appropriate Timing

It’s good to be transparent, but don’t walk into an interview and immediately state that you have a criminal record. Don’t get to the offer stage without addressing it either. It’s good to be honest—but give the interviewers a chance to get to know you and be fond of your qualifications before you drop the revelation on them. 

If the interview is not going well, then there is no need for you to share this information immediately. However, if you think that you’re the person perfect for the job and that they’re about to ask you for a second interview, it’s a good time to bring up the topic. If you have more grievous offenses, it’s better to talk about it first before accepting the second interview.

Prove That You Have Changed

The thing about pasts is that we cannot change them—but we can still learn from them and refrain from repeating them. You must show the interviewers that you have changed! However, don’t over-share everything that led up to your offense. Be knowledgeable about what your record says. 

Take ownership of your past and connect it to how it has changed you today. Be sincere instead of making excuses for your past actions. Before the interview ends, make sure to say that you have made amends for your past actions and you are now eager not to go back to that place again. 

Say thank you for their time and for allowing you to prove and explain yourself. Some employers may end the discussion then wish you luck, but others may appreciate your honesty and sincerity then move forward to the next process of your application.

Final Thoughts

We cannot change our past, even if it has left unpleasant marks on our life. Although honesty doesn’t immediately guarantee your job acceptance, it still increases the employer’s trust in you, which is important in building employment relationships. Just keep trying, and you’re sure to find a good employer that can see past your history!

Criminal records can affect a person’s ability to find sustainable employment. Here at Fallen Valor, we help ex-convicts rebuild their lives after living in prison. Visit our website to find a long list of jobs for ex-felons in Oklahoma! We also have an ongoing raffle for Chevy Corvette Convertible, check out our current contest for more updates!