Uh oh! I bet you have been holding your breath the entire interview hoping that no one asks this question. Or, maybe you are a perfect little angel and have a clean record. Whatever the case is, we are going to show you how to answer the question, "Have you ever been convicted of a felony?" with ease.
If your answer is "No"
This makes things very simple! Here is what you should say, word for word when you are asked if you have ever been convicted of a felony… “No”.
Congrats! You can stop reading this article. You have successfully answered this question!
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If your answer is "Yes"
This makes things a little bit difficult. The fact of the matter is, what’s done is done. Unless you can invent a time machine, you need to learn how to make the best of your situation. There are 3 top tips to remember when searching for a job with a felony charge.
Please, please, please do not lie! If you are being asked this question, chances are you are going to be given a background check. You will save yourself and the hiring manager some time by being honest. There are some jobs that are simply unwilling to hire someone with a felony. The sooner you accept this reality the better. BUT, there are still a ton of amazing jobs that will never ask you this question. Just be honest. If a company doesn’t want to hire you just because of a dumb mistake you made years ago, then they do not deserve you!
I understand it might be a little embarrassing admitting you have a felony. Maybe you are considering just lying about the felony, finishing the interview, and never following up about the job. That way, nobody ever finds out you have a felony, and you save yourself the embarrassment. Don’t do that… Believe it or not, there are many hiring managers that are willing to work with your felony. The most important thing is that you show remorse.
Admitting to your felony is a great start, but don’t just say “Yeah, I did it. I have a felony.” Explain how you have changed. Assure the hiring manager that you regret your decisions, have learned from them and that feeling you are a better person from the life experiences that you have had.
I can assure you that your chances of landing a job would be much higher when you show remorse, then when you don’t.
Apply to other jobs
As a last resort, you can always apply to other jobs. Trust me, there are plenty of companies out there who will never ask if you have a felony. I personally do not have a felony, but I have worked at multiple amazing companies that never asked this question and never conducted a background check.
Don’t get caught up in one position. There are thousands of jobs becoming available every single day. Don’t feel like you must settle for a job you will be unhappy with. Dealing with a felony is enough of a struggle without having to think about the impact that it will have on your career.
So, don’t let it have an impact on your career! Be motivated to find your dream job, and don’t let that felony get in the way.
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