Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, 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.