Maybe you know a lot about cars and have repaired your own in the past. You might think about applying for a job at AutoZone. Can you get a job there?
In this blog post, we’ll cover the following:
- About AutoZone
- Hiring Process
- Background Check?
- An Opportunity for Felons?
- Does the Type of Felony Matter?
- Can You Run a Background Check on Yourself?
- Steps to Take
AutoZone is a retailer of automotive and truck parts and accessories while also offering automotive repair and diagnostic software.
AutoZone was started in 1979 under the name Auto Shack. It has grown over the years to become the largest aftermarket auto parts store in the U.S. The company changed its name to AutoZone in 1987. AutoZone is currently the second largest automotive retailer in America with more than 5,000 stores and more than 70,000 employees. AutoZone offers many career opportunities in their stores. Each location employs both part-time and full-time workers.
While there are a variety of positions available at AutoZone, most job openings are entry level jobs for parts stockers, retail sales, customer service, and parts delivery drivers.
The company focuses on providing customers with personal assistance and trustworthy advice from associates.
AutoZone is always looking for hardworking, dedicated, and honest people with a passion for cars and auto parts.
You must apply online and include a resume.
The application process requires basic information, including:
- Social Security Number
- Email address
- Phone number
- Pay requirements
- Work history
- Driver’s license number
You must complete a brief questionnaire about your work experience and skills and why you are qualified for the position.
Following that is a 94-question assessment to determine if you are a good fit for the company. Questions focus on how you would respond to various situations that could occur on the job.
Yes, there is a background check.
When you complete the AutoZone application, you will be asked to consent to a pre-employment background check. Any employment offers that are made will depend on passing this background check.
You will also need to consent to a pre-employment drug screening.
A background check is run for AutoZone to protect itself, its employees, and its customers. A background investigation is done to first of all verify the information you have provided in the application. That is something that is often overlooked: this is done not just to look into any criminal activity.
In evaluating the results, they look for discrepancies between the report and your responses on the application. They also evaluate the nature of any criminal offenses discovered by the report.
Typically, AutoZone looks at your criminal history over the past seven years. There are some states that allow going back 10 years, but this company seems to focus on the last seven years.
They will consider you based on the nature of the offense and the length of time since your conviction. It will depend also on the hiring needs of a particular store location.
An Opportunity for Felons?
While AutoZone doesn’t hire all felons, the best evidence we have indicates that there is a possibility of getting a job with this company.
This may not be as easy as with some companies that are considered to be felony friendly, but it remains a possibility for you if you are serious about getting a job there.
Of course it will depend on a number of factors the most obvious of which is the particular felony that is on your record. The circumstances, and how long it has been since that conviction are also major determining indicators.
So, regardless of that crime, the more time that has passed with your remaining crime free will make a major difference. Don’t think it isn’t possible.
Does the Type of Felony Matter?
Certainly the type of felony makes a huge difference in getting a job at AutoZone just as it would at any other company.
While AutoZone appears to hire felons, they don’t hire anyone with a violent or sexual offense. Either of these categories is one that shows a lack of regard for other people.
It reveals a tendency toward violating people’s rights in any number of ways.
Violence is never a positive trait for someone wanting to work in any business that has customer service as a cornerstone.
If you have a sexual offense that requires you to be on the Sex Offender Registry you can forget being hired here.
As an employee at a place like AutoZone, you could be expected to be available to deliver parts. If you are a sex offender, there are a number of places you will be limited from going.
If you are driving a truck as a job requirement, AutoZone won’t want to hire you if you have a reckless driving charge or other similar driving offense.
Typically, AutoZone doesn’t employ individuals with a conviction of theft or forgery. These stipulations indicate a lack of trust in you.
They will not want anyone they believe is a danger of taking money from the company or who can’t be trusted around finances.
Can You Run a Background Check on Yourself?
Of course you can run a background check on yourself. In fact, we recommend doing exactly that.
Doing a background check on yourself before applying at AutoZone will let you know exactly what they will see when they do their investigation.
If you have any questions, you can contact an attorney. Take action and don’t risk a chance on the results.
Don’t take a chance. After all, this is your future at stake. So why wouldn’t you want to know what would come up in a background check?
The more you know, the better prepared you will be to answer any questions that could come up in an interview.
This also means being honest with AutoZone about your past and your criminal record.
If you aren’t open and honest, this would constitute fraud, which is a punishable offense that could result in your going back to prison.
If you are eligible, you could have your record expunged. That would enable you to honestly state on an application that you don’t have any convictions on your record.
Steps to Take
Now you have a good idea of your chances to be hired at AutoZone. They may be willing to give you a hand in your reentry to society.
If you are open about your past and don’t have a serious violent or sexual offense, you have a chance to succeed here.
Take advantage of the opportunity and don’t let your past stop you. Only you can decide how important getting a job is. No, it isn’t easy.
But don’t get discouraged. Let a company like AutoZone help you.
You don’t have to be defined by your mistakes. Let your response to your mistakes define you, and control what you can in your future.
Live a new, honest life with your family and friends beside you.
So what do you think about this blog post about whether or not AutoZone hires felons? Have you or someone you know tried to get a job at AutoZone? What was that like and what happened? Please tell us in the comments below.