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I was wondering if you could help me with some questions I had about [ company XYZ ]. will they hire me if I have a misdemeanor on my record?

I have a DWI from 2 years ago and the application online did not ask me about any previous records and neither did any of the interviews in the interview process. I have completed all community service and have no restrictions. My question is, do they hire people with a dui on their record? Also, should i tell HR now about the record or wait till I get an offer?

Your answer will be greatly appreciated.


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As we can't talk about specific companies, this isn't really answerable.

I think you should wait until you get an offer. It shouldn't influence the decision process of making an offer. I do think you should ask when you get the offer rather than letting them find it in the background check. That way you and they don't operate under the assumption the position is now filled if you are going to be rejected.
 
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I think it depends on the labor laws of the country you're in whether a) asking about previous offences is legal, b) not telling about them on your own is legal and c) whether it would be an offence that could be used to terminate employment. Offhand, I don't see the connection between DWI/DUI and software development (which i assume is what you're applying for), but IANAL.

BTW, I have removed the name of the company in question as per our POSTING GUIDELINES for this forum.
 
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Thanks for the reply. It is an analyst position.
I already have an offer but I didn't have a chance to disclose and convictions on the online form. Also none of the HR or the interviewers asked about it.

My question is should i tell HR even if they didnt ask about it OR wait to disclose it on the background check and let them find out.

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I think that's fine. As you accept the offer, you might mention it. Or not.

The reason I lead towards mentioning it is so that you don't have to wait weeks to find out if it is a show stopper.
 
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Thank You! That makes sense!
 
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These days, background checks are a business -- meaning that there are companies that do this full time. And many large companies just outsource the tasks to them. So, don't be surprised if they are very thorough, even if you don't have a record. If I remember correctly, in my last background check, it included ...

1. Calling up and confirming hiring dates of all of my previous companies (that were still in business)
2. Calling up and confirming graduation from college (including the transcript)

3. Checking with my home state (and a few neighboring states) for any criminal records
4. Checking with the state of California (home state of the company) for any criminal records
5. Checking federal lists for any records -- don't remember all the lists, but it included the sexual offenders list ... !!

6. Credit reports from all three credit agencies

About the only thing that wasn't done -- no one called the references that I provided on the resume.

Henry
 
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you are right they do use a 3rd party company
 
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