/ Asked by Nathan
I am a junior majoring in business. I received a misdemeanor charge in my freshman year. How will employers likely view this type of charge once I start applying for jobs?
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.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, November 16, 2015
All companies are going to have a different set of criteria for their background checks.  Make sure you know all the details of how your charge reads, the dates and the details.  Be honest about it when asked and be sure to be prepared to have a frank conversation. 

As mentioned by a previous poster, if the charge is in any way related to the position you are applying for, these can be bigger hurdles. 

This is not a forum to make suggestions/recommendations that should be construed as legal advice, but we certainly wish you the best of luck!
Answered by Torrence, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Thursday, March 10, 2016
Employers will typically review the charge and make certain assessments based on the nature of the charge. Be sure to reference your local and state laws surrounding disclosure of such information on job applications. However, when you do disclose … DO NOT FABRICATE your charges. Most companies use very sophisticated and thorough background check companies/systems and your charges will be made known. I have witnessed several candidates lose the opportunity and have their offer rescinded – not because of the charge, but because they fabricated their information. All that said, apply and interview as if you normally would, disclose all information if asked and allow the process to run its course. It is really out of your hands at that point and hopefully the offense is not too detrimental to the quality of work you can provide and the employer acknowledges that. Hope that helps!
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