If you have experience in construction or home improvement, you might want to consider applying for a job at Home Depot.
Does Home Depot hire felons?
Let’s look at this issue.
In this blog post, we’ll cover the following:
- About Home Depot
- 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
About Home Depot
Home Depot had its origins back in 1978 when Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank planned to open a hardware store. The first store was completed in 1979 in Atlanta, Georgia. Since then, the company has grown to become the world’s largest home improvement business with more than 2,200 locations and over 400,000 employees across the U.S. and Canada.
Since its inception, Home Depot has been housed in stores designed to resemble a warehouse, the better to bring in customers looking for the products and tools that need to complete any DIY project at home.
Home Depot has thrived with the philosophy of showing respect to customers and demonstrating diligence through its workers. You will have a better chance of being hired there if you show these traits and have a fair amount of home improvement knowledge.
Most of the available positions at Home Depot will be for cashier and sales associate jobs.
The application process will begin by completing an online form. This will require the typical basic information like your name, address, Social Security Number, etc.
The application does not contain a question regarding any criminal history, as Home Depot has adopted the ban the box initiative. This is designed to counter efforts to eliminate those with a felony conviction up front. The initiative allows the company to look at job candidates without introducing any bias. If you are being considered for a position, this question will be addressed later in the interview process.
While it may be helpful to supply a resume, this is not a requirement. After completing the application, you will be asked to do a phone interview. Following that, if Home Depot is interested in you there will be an in-person interview with a manager.
Interview questions will look at real-life situations that might be encountered on the job. These would be related to dealing with issues with customers.
Other questions could include why you want to work at Home Depot and whether you prefer to work alone or as part of a team.
Sure, there will be a background check. This is standard policy at over 90% of all employers. So, nothing new here.
You will be asked to consent to a background check if Home Depot is thinking of offering you a job. You must also submit to a drug screening before you can be hired. If you decline this opportunity, you will be eliminated at that point. So it’s best to agree to this request.
A background check at Home Depot is done to protect itself, its employees, and the Home Depot customers. A background investigation serves more than one purpose. It will verify the information you have provided in the application. It isn’t done just to look at any criminal activity on your record.
In evaluating the results, Home Depot looks for discrepancies between the background report and your responses on the application. Home Depot also evaluates the nature of any criminal offenses uncovered in the report.
Typically, Home Depot looks at your criminal history over the past seven years. They will consider you according to 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.
A background check at Home Depot typically takes about one week to allow the company to be thorough in its investigation. The background check at Home Depot is the last step in the hiring process.
While Home Depot is known for giving felons an opportunity, one reason for the company’s appearance of giving them a chance is because the background check is the last step. This typically allows many with a felony record to advance far in the hiring process.
An Opportunity for Felons?
Home Depot doesn’t have a stated policy regarding hiring felons, but they consider themselves to be willing to give those with a criminal record a chance to prove themselves after their release.
Yes, there is a fairly good chance that you will be seriously considered to be hired at Home Depot. This doesn’t mean that you will be hired, as Home Depot doesn’t hire all felons.
You will still have to do well in the interview and make a positive impression on those making the hiring decisions at Home Depot. You must remember to make a positive impression as someone interested in getting a job there.
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, you might have a chance for a job at Home Depot.
Does the Type of Felony Matter?
The type of felony does make a difference in being hired at Home Depot.
As you might expect, if you have a sexual offense, you are not likely to get a job there. This conviction shows complete disregard for others’ rights, boundaries, and safety. A conviction for a violent felony will also prevent you from getting a job at Home Depot. The company doesn’t want anyone who doesn’t treat others with decency and respect. Offenses related to theft and fraud will also be deal breakers.
If the company can’t trust you as these types of crimes show, they will not place any faith in you to work there as a cashier or in any other capacity that would bring you in contact with financial matters. They will also not trust you with handling customers’ credit information or even with store merchandise.
If you have a drug offense, you likely will have to show evidence of having completed a drug rehabilitation program or other counseling to have a chance to be hired.
In the event you are being considered for a position at Home Depot that involves driving a truck, any type of driving-related conviction will keep you from moving forward there.
Can You Run a Background Check on Yourself?
Yes, you can run a background check on yourself. In fact, that’s a great idea.
Doing a background check on yourself before applying at Home Depot will tell you exactly what they 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.
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 Home Depot 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 allow you to honestly state on an application that you don’t have any convictions on your record.
Steps to Take
Now you know about getting a job at Home Depot. 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 Home Depot assist 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 Home Depot hires felons? Have you or someone you know tried to get a job at Home Depot? What was that like and what happened? Please tell us in the comments below.