Download our free Resume Ebook

Asked by Chris on November 3, 2015

In college, I always heard that alcohol citations and things like that would really hurt my chances of getting a job-- is that true? What do hiring managers think if applicants have alcohol citations? Are they that serious?

Answered by Mandy, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on November 4, 2015

Good question. It really depends on the position and company you are applying to and what the company's policy is. Most alcohol citations including DWI, MIP etc are ok if you are honest and state on your application that you have this on your record. They will typically not prohibit you from getting a position. The severity depends also if it's a misdemeanor or a felony and if it's a repetitive. When you are filling out the application or if you're asked if you have any misdemeanors or felonies be honest because they may show up on your background check. If you don't disclose it and it shows up on your record then your offer could be rescinded based on falsification.

It also depends on the company and if you're working directly with Human Resources. The Hiring Manager should not know what was on your background check. Only Human Resources should be aware of this information.

Good luck in your job search!

Was this answer helpful?

Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on November 6, 2015

It will depend on the severity of the alcohol citation.  If it is something along the lines of a DUI and the job to which you are applying requires you to drive, this could be problematic.  If it is a more minor offense, it should not prevent you from obtaining a position if you are honest about it.  Do not try to conceal it as it will be discovered in a background check and failing to disclose it will create bigger issues.  The most important thing is to demonstrate that the offense was a youthful indiscretion from which you have learned and matured.  Now you are focused on making a difference for that company.  In most cases, companies will appreciate the honesty and if you are the most qualified person for the job, give you the opportunity to prove yourself.

Was this answer helpful?

Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on November 11, 2015

It depends on the company, position and severity of the offense. If asked by a recruiter if you have ever been convicted of a crime, be sure you are upfront about the situation and your record. Not disclosing the offense and having it show up later on your background check could potentially result in a rescinded offer. Provide an explanation of the offense and demonstrate it was a one-time mistake and that you sincerely regret the decision and have not had any offenses since. It is important that you are genuine, open and honest. Companies have varying policies on this so it can differ and will not always be handled the same.

Was this answer helpful?

related questions