Interviewing for a Job with a Criminal Record

In this video, you’ll learn more about interviewing for a job when you have a criminal record. Visit for our text-based lesson.

This video includes information on:
• What to say about your criminal record
• How to bring it up during an interview
• The importance of preparing an elevator speech and using proper body language

We hope you enjoy!


11 thoughts on “Interviewing for a Job with a Criminal Record”

  1. What should you say if you were charged with a crime, but not convicted? I was arrested and charged with a crime I didn't commit. I don't want to sound like I'm making excuses.

  2. Ban the Box Laws avoid this garbage. Pay your debt to society, you should be allowed to move on with your life. Criminal record gets you discriminated against.

  3. That’s “IF” you even get an interview after they see you had a criminal record. Or they say on the spot, “we will call you back”, which of corse never happens…

  4. Companies can legally justify not hiring someone if the person has a criminal record. Doesn't matter what you got convicted of.
    Some managers or companies are more reasonable then others and will base it more off of the circumstances behind the charge itself.

  5. Contact cyberhackanswers @ Gmail . Com or send him a Whatsapp message to +16265785544 . He helped me clear all my criminal record . Thank me later

  6. ouch, and now with corona and everything, people should be careful, as geting jobs now are not easy, and friends can`t be there always to help you…

  7. This is by far the dumbest thing you can do.
    First of all, if you a see a criminal conviction box on a job application, might as well leave it blank. Generally, your criminal record has about as much to do as your hairstyle does when it comes to your competency for the job, and any recruiter worth their salt will recognize that. But by all means, take your interview into expert mode by being "upfront" and "candid" about your past criminal activity. Who knows, maybe if its a recruiter for a night club, they might prefer to hire you if you were convicted of assault because it demonstrates physical aptitude.

    Just let them run a background check and decide for themselves whether or not its worth it to ante up more money in liability insurance by hiring you and if you're still the best fit for the position. Many convictions get overlooked when you're the first choice among successful applicants.

  8. My elevator speech has always gotten me onboarded, including remaining transparent with HR when asked about my charge, as well as my interviewer and my direct supervisor. I've run into difficulty keeping these positions. I was just terminated from "another one" I'll call them. But I have been bringing forward more often to the new offices, experiences from the last. Saying I really enjoyed the onboarding trainings, and its brought me professional contacts, work experience I didn't have, and valuable skills. As well as good statements about my workplace ethics and my quality standards as an employee. Sadly, there hasn't been an employer that's kept me yet, but I've been building those references. I'm established in the professional world, as a transparent, upbeat and friendly guy, who couldn't make it as a result of his background. Maybe one day, I'll fund one that overlooks it. You take the high road, when you get terminated for your background, in the face of remaining transparent about it on the forefront, keep moving. You'll find the one.

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