Final job interview this weekend. How do I disclose my felony?
January 30, 2013 2:43 PM Subscribe
Final job interview this weekend. How do I disclose the federal felony and prison time on my record?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
10 years ago I served 1 year in a federal prison for crimes related to child pornography. Since then, I've been in same high level job at my father's company for nearly 10 years. I've been in therapy and have been married for three years. I've completely turned my life around.
I have been through two rounds of phone interviews with a company in another city. (It's a small office, a part of a large national company) and am possibly flying there for a final interview in person this weekend. They have already made a preliminary offer, pending the final interview.
I am thinking that I will disclose my past to them while I am there. I don't want to take the chance that I quit my job and move there, then they find out about my past 6 months later and fire me. I have not yet filled out a job application asking "have you been convicted of a felony" but of course they might have me fill one out there. Even if they don't ask the question, I think they could still fire me if they wanted to.
My thought is that after spending a little time with them - interview, lunch, etc - I will tell them something about my past. My hope is that they'll like me enough by then that they can put this information in context of me as a person.
The charges I was convicted of were not explicitly related to pornography, but if they do some research online I'm sure they can find the whole story. It's embarrassing and was the result of being lonely, immature and addicted to pornography. I'm a completely different person now, and a successful professional in my field with a ton of experience. Still, I realize there's a good chance they won't hire me, especially due to the nature of the crime.
So my question is - how much do I disclose and how do I do it?
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