Nov 28, 2019 - 11:23 PM
Some organizations are legally prohibited from hiring felons, so don’t waste your time applying to them. But for organizations where it is not prohibited, there are two things to keep in mind: companies prefer convicts over liars, and their number one concern with any qualified candidate is workplace safety.
What does that mean? Depending on how relevant the conviction is to the job duties, you will have to discuss your past earlier rather than later in the hiring process. Felony convictions are typically handled very discreetly, and on a case-by-case basis. Only the candidate, recruiter, HR Business Partner (in larger organizations), and the legal department are usually involved.
You will need to be very straightforward in addressing their questions relating to workplace safety and possibly avoiding a hostile work environment. You will have plenty of opportunity to discuss how you have resolved the past, are satisfying your current obligations, and have resocialized into the workforce (or can resocialize). If you can demonstrate that you pose no greater risk than any other qualified candidate, then don't hesitate to carry yourself like any other qualified candidate.