What To Do After Evading Question about Criminal Record


J. H. writes:
I’ve been offered a job at a hospital pending criminal check. I had a conviction in 2002
and was done with parole at the end of 2005. I didn’t answer the “ever been convicted
of a crime” question on the job application. What should I do? Thank you in advance.



The Career Doctor responds:
I’m really afraid you are out of luck for this job with this employer. You can
certainly try and salvage your application but my sense is once the employer
knows you omitted the truth on your application — no matter what
your reasons — that employer will not trust anything else on your
application. But go ahead and contact the employer and say you need to
amend your application.
Now not all employers conduct background checks — even for something
such as a criminal record — but the trend since the 9-11 terrorist attacks is an
increasing number of employers now conducting background checks — or
at least saying they are conducting more background checks. So
you need to be prepared to face the issue of the conviction and parole in
future job interviews. Be sure to spin it in a positive way — how you paid your
debt and learned from your mistakes.
Remember that your resume and the job application are seen by employers
as statements of facts about your qualifications education and background.
Any “stretching” of the truth or omissions of key information is going to result
in the very abrupt ending of your status as an applicant.
On the other hand do not offer negative information if the employer does not
ask for it. While you do not ever want to lie you also do not need to destroy
your chances before you’ve had a chance to sell the employer on your fit
for the job.

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J. H. writes:
I’ve been offered a job at a hospital pending criminal check. I had a conviction in 2002
and was done with parole at the end of 2005. I didn’t answer the “ever been convicted
of a crime” question on the job application. What should I do? Thank you in advance.



The Career Doctor responds:
I’m really afraid you are out of luck for this job with this employer. You can
certainly try and salvage your application but my sense is once the employer
knows you omitted the truth on your application — no matter what
your reasons — that employer will not trust anything else on your
application. But go ahead and contact the employer and say you need to
amend your application.
Now not all employers conduct background checks — even for something
such as a criminal record — but the trend since the 9-11 terrorist attacks is an
increasing number of employers now conducting background checks — or
at least saying they are conducting more background checks. So
you need to be prepared to face the issue of the conviction and parole in
future job interviews. Be sure to spin it in a positive way — how you paid your
debt and learned from your mistakes.
Remember that your resume and the job application are seen by employers
as statements of facts about your qualifications education and background.
Any “stretching” of the truth or omissions of key information is going to result
in the very abrupt ending of your status as an applicant.
On the other hand do not offer negative information if the employer does not
ask for it. While you do not ever want to lie you also do not need to destroy
your chances before you’ve had a chance to sell the employer on your fit
for the job.


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