Getting a job after a felony conviction is not easy. If you have experience in retail, you might consider applying for work at a place like Costco.
Does Costco hire felons? Let’s tackle this question.
In this blog post, we’ll cover the following:
- About Costco
- 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
Costco is a retail company founded in 1976 as the Price Club that operates in many parts of the world. The company took on the name Costco in 1997 as a membership warehouse club that provides name brand and generic merchandise.
Costco has more than 71,000,000 members with more than 600 locations in the U.S. and 214,000 employees.
Their motto is to keep the cost down and pass the savings on to its members.
The minimum age to work at Costco is 18 years old.
Costco recommends completing an application online rather than submitting a paper application. The first section of the Costco application asks for personal information.
You must also provide information regarding:
- Work history
- Specific job skills
- Educational background
Most available positions at Costco will be for entry positions. Mostly these will be for a cashier, membership assistant, or store stocker.
Following the application, there will be a series of interviews for applicants that the company is considering hiring. Each round will involve meeting with a manager. Some of the initial rounds may be group interviews. If you are asked to come back again after these, there will likely be a one-on-one interview.
The interview will focus on questions regarding situations that could come up on the job. These might include questions about handling upset customers, working as part of a team, conflicts with supervisors, and good customer service.
This entire process could take two to three weeks. Costco will request permission to run a background check, a credit check, and a drug test.
Many of the positions available at Costco involve handling money, which may restrict your opportunity to be hired there. The credit check is done to determine an applicant’s history of handling finances.
Then, there are questions asking your permission to conduct a:
- Criminal background check
- Employer reference check
- Credit check
The application does not contain a question regarding any criminal history, as Costco has adopted the ban the box initiative.
Yes, Costco actually runs a background check on anyone being considered for a position.
A Costco background check will look at a variety of factors, including your criminal history. Here they will consider felony convictions that have occurred within the past seven years.
In addition, Costco will examine your driving history for any driving offenses. They will also be interested in your credit history as a way of determining your honesty and ability to deal with finances.
Costco does hire felons based on certain factors, including:
- Time since release
- Type of felony conviction
- Manager’s personal views
- Number of other applicants
If you are dishonest regarding your criminal history, you will be denied employment for a current application and for any future positions. Your situation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
When applying for a job at Costco, it’s important to be honest and open about your criminal background and felony convictions. Costco runs a background check to protect itself, its employees, and its customers.
An Opportunity for Felons?
Costco is willing to give you a chance to prove yourself after your release. You will be seriously considered to be hired there, but Costco doesn’t hire all felons.
You will have to make a good showing in the interview and a positive impression on those making the hiring decisions at Costco.
It would make a difference if you display your enthusiasm for the company and demonstrate some knowledge of the company and its philosophy.
Let them know you are diligent and willing to work hard, taking care of customers and serving their needs.
Then, after all that you might have a chance for a position with Costco.
Does the Type of Felony Matter?
The type of felony certainly makes a difference in being hired at Costco.
If you have a sexual offense, you will not be hired there. That shows complete disregard for others’ rights, boundaries, and safety.
A conviction for a violent felony will likely also prevent you from getting a job at Costco. The company doesn’t want anyone who doesn’t treat others with decency and respect.
Offenses related to theft and fraud will also diminish your chances here. This is especially true because of the need to handle finances in so many positions at Costco whether or not it directly involves money. In these cases, they will not trust you with money, credit information, or in handling valuable merchandise.
Can You Run a Background Check on Yourself?
Yes, you can run a background check on yourself. In fact, that’s what we recommend.
Doing a background check on yourself before applying at Costco will tell you exactly what the company will see when they do their investigation.
You can contact an attorney with any questions you have. Take action and don’t risk it on the results. Don’t take a chance. After all, this is your future at stake. 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 deal with any questions that could come up in an interview. This also means being open with Costco 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 put you back in prison.
If you are eligible, you could have your record expunged. That would allow you to honestly state on an application that you don’t have any convictions on your record.
Steps to Take
You do have an opportunity to get a job at Costco. They may be willing to assist you 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 Costco help you in rebuilding your future.
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 supporting you.
So what do you think about this blog post about whether or not Costco hires felons? Have you or someone you know tried to get a job at Costco? What was that like and what happened? Please tell us in the comments below.