When you are looking for work and wonder where to turn, you might think about applying for a job at Lowe’s.
The only thing, does Lowe’s hire felons? Let’s get an answer here.
In this blog post, we’ll cover the following:
- About Lowe’s
- 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
Lowe’s is a home improvement company founded in 1946 that operates a chain of retail home improvement, hardware, and appliance stores in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
Lowe’s is the second largest hardware chain and the eighth largest retail store in the U.S. and has over 2,000 store locations with more than 300,000 employees.
The company is committed to offering high-quality home improvement products at everyday low prices.
Applying for a job at Lowe’s begins with completing an application online. Here you will provide your personal information and work history.
You will also be asked about your availability and for a list of character references. A current resume must be provided as part of the application. Following that, there will be a 30-minute assessment consisting of a personality test, a situational judgment test, and a cognitive/abstract reasoning test.
After all of that, if Lowe’s is interested in you, you will be scheduled for an interview. At that time, you will be asked to submit to a background check and to a drug test. If you don’t grant permission, you will not be considered further.
There are two parts to an interview. The first part is conducted by a store manager who asks basic questions about retail work and behavior. You likely will be asked why you want to work for Lowe’s. When you are in the interview, there will be questions that will focus on customer service and work responsibilities.
The minimum age to work at Lowe’s is 18 years old. Entry-level positions available include:
- Team member
- Sales associate
- Delivery driver
Yes, you can count on a background check. This is standard policy with most employers. So, it’s expected here.
You will be asked to consent to a background check as a question on the application. The check will be run only if Lowe’s 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 Lowe’s is run to protect the company, its employees, and the customers.
A background investigation will verify the information you have provided in the application and isn’t done just to look at any criminal activity on your record. In evaluating the results, Lowe’s looks for discrepancies between the background report and your responses on the application and the nature of any criminal offenses uncovered in the report.
Typically, Lowe’s concentrates on 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.
It will take about one week to complete the background check. The background check and drug test will be the last step in the hiring process.
An Opportunity for Felons?
Lowe’s doesn’t have a stated policy regarding hiring felons but are willing to give you a chance to prove yourself after your release. You will be seriously considered to be hired by Lowe’s. This doesn’t mean that you will be hired, since Lowe’s doesn’t hire all felons.
You will have to make a positive impression on those making the hiring decisions at Lowe’s. Remember to display your enthusiasm for the company and demonstrate some knowledge of the company and its philosophy.
Treat those that interview you with respect, dress for success, and be respectful. Let them know you are diligent and willing to work hard, taking care of customers’ needs. This will help you have a better chance at a job with Lowe’s.
Does the Type of Felony Matter?
Of course the type of felony does make a difference in being hired at Lowe’s. The company is clear on several felony offenses that will eliminate you from consideration.
A conviction for any violent felony will keep you from getting a job with Lowe’s. 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. Drug offenses will eliminate you in the hiring processes. Those with drug crimes are typically viewed as being unreliable and untrustworthy.
Lowe’s wants to be able to trust its employees. Working there as a cashier or in any other capacity would bring you in contact with a customer’s credit information and even store merchandise.
However, as these types of crimes show, you are unlikely to be trusted, ending any opportunity for employment. If you have a sexual offense, you are not likely to get a job there. That shows complete disregard for others’ rights, boundaries, and safety. If you are interested in a driving position with Lowe’s, any driving-related conviction will eliminate you from consideration.
Other than these felonies, you might have an opportunity to be hired at Lowe’s.
Can You Run a Background Check on Yourself?
Yes, you can run a background check on yourself. In fact, we recommend it.
Doing a background check on yourself before applying at Lowe’s will tell you exactly what they will view about you when they do their investigation.
You can contact an attorney with any questions you have. Take action and don’t risk the results.
Don’t take a chance. After all, this is your future at stake. Wouldn’t you want to know what might 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 open with Lowe’s about your past and your criminal record. If you aren’t honest, this would be fraud, which is a punishable offense that could result in returning to prison.
If you are eligible, you could have your record expunged. That would allow you to state honestly on an application that you don’t have any convictions on your record.
Steps to Take
It may be possible to get a job at Lowe’s. They may be willing to help 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 Lowe’s 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 Lowe’s hires felons? Have you or someone you know tried to get a job at Lowe’s? What was that like and what happened? Please tell us in the comments below.