When you are interviewing for a job, you will need to be prepared to answer questions about your criminal history.
Here are some examples of questions you may hear:
Tell me about your felony (or misdemeanor, or criminal history, etc).
- What crimes have you committed?
- Have you ever had your license revoked or suspended?
- What was your offence?
- Why do you have a criminal history?
- Are you a repeat offender?
Here is a 5-step answer to practice:
Step 1: Say what your crime was (This can either be worksheet question #1 or #3)
Step 2: Say what you did to make it better (choose 3 to 5 things from worksheet questions number #4 & #5)
Step 3: Say what you’ve learned OR how you are different now. (This can either be worksheet question #9 or #6)
Step 4: Explain why the employer doesn’t need to worry about hiring you.
Step 5: Explain why you would be a great employee.
If you have multiple offenses, you can talk about each one separately, or summarize all crimes into one answer. Either way, you will need to practice.
Practice answering questions while doing Mock Interviews from the Job Search Packet #2 – The Interview. You can also practice in front of a mirror, with friends, relatives or case workers.