Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, September 18, 2015
I understand your desire to put this behind you. Keep in mind, however, that when you are hired for a position, companies will then typically conduct a background check on you. In this check, they will typically verify your identity, verity your education and work history, and run a criminal background check. While it is understandable that the tendency is to not disclose it, this could come back to harm you. Most job offers get rescinded not because of what is discovered in the background check, but because of the applicant's failure to disclose it. I would recommend that you be up front and honest about the incident, disclose it to your potential employer, and emphasize that you have learned from it. This is much safer way to approach it than not disclosing it and hoping nobody finds out about it.