Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, November 13, 2015
It will depend somewhat on what the charge was. For example, if you were charged with DUI and the job for which you are applying requires you to drive, this could be frowned upon. In most cases, however, if you are up front and disclose the charge, it should not be an issue. There are two important things to do in this case. First, as mentioned, do not try to hide it as companies will conduct background checks on new hires and it will be discovered. If you fail to disclose it, that will create more issues than the charge itself. Second, make it clear that you have matured and have learned from this situation. We have all made mistakes, but if you demonstrate how it was a learning experience, employers will look at that in a positive light.