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Does McDonald’s Run Background Checks?

Felons face many challenges after incarceration, the biggest of which is finding a job.

Employers typically conduct a background check on applicants before hiring someone, but felons may not know exactly what will be discovered.

With most employers conducting a background check, even those companies known to hire felons, typically look into their past record.

This blog post will cover whether McDonald’s run background checks.

  • What is Included in a Background Check?
  • McDonald’s Application
  • An Opportunity for Felons?
  • How to Run a Background Check on Yourself
  • Supporting a Felon in Applying at McDonald’s

What is Included in a Background Check?

Employers who verify an applicant’s background are trying to avoid a “bad hire”.

Reasons given for a bad hire are not producing quality work, having a bad attitude, not working well with other employees, not having the skills they claimed to have, attendance problems, and not doing well with customers.

Most employers are concerned with more than an applicant’s criminal records.  In addition, an employer will look at driving records, credit reports, and educational records when doing a background check.

Background information assists employers in determining a candidate’s past mistakes, character, moral and financial fitness, and to pinpoint hiring risks for security and safety issues.

The criminal investigation part of the background check involves a search of criminal history files for any criminal activity.

According to the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), a background check will show all non-convictions, including cases dismissed, not prosecuted, or resulting in deferred adjudication.

Convictions can be reported without any time limitation while a non-conviction will show up for seven years.

When felons have had their records expunged, those would not appear on a background check.

Employers are encouraged to follow the guidelines established by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and consider the following factors related to an offense:

  • Nature and gravity of a crime
  • Time that has passed since the offense and the end of the sentence
  • Nature of the job

McDonald’s Application

Jobs most often available at McDonald’s are for cooks, cashiers, and managers.

McDonald’s is looking for individuals who are hardworking, dedicated, honest, and dependable.  These are the qualities to demonstrate during the interview.

Studies have shown that felons make good employees.

Applying for a job with McDonald’s involves filling out an application online, completed for a particular location.

The application is in two parts, the first of which is for personal background information.  The second section is an assessment to determine who they are as a person and how they might fit with the McDonald’s team.

There is not a question requesting permission to do a background check on the application.

An Opportunity for Felons?

McDonald’s is a good company for hiring a felon.  They have 14,000 restaurants across the U.S., which employ 375,000 people.  McDonald’s is known for promoting from within the company.

Approximately 80% of McDonald’s restaurants are franchises.  This means that most restaurants are owned and operated by an individual.

Hiring policies differ between McDonald’s locations because they all have different small business owners.  It depends on whether an individual hiring manager is willing to hire a felon.

Many small business owners, including franchises like McDonald’s, don’t always run background checks because of the time and expense involved.

When applying at McDonald’s, the interview is often with the owner of that location.  This will give a felon a chance to explain their history and how they can benefit that McDonald’s location.

Some McDonald’s locations are corporate restaurants run by the company itself.  For those, after an applicant has passed the interview, the application is sent to corporate headquarters to be reviewed.

To give a felon the best chance at being hired, some suggestions when interviewing at McDonald’s are:

  • Apply at a location that is franchised by an individual
  • Disclose any felony on an application or in an interview
  • Be honest about all information given
  • Be flexible for scheduling an interview
  • Tell the interviewer what they can do for McDonald’s

Of course, a felon would have their best chance at getting a job at McDonald’s by having their record expunged.

How to Run a Background Check on Yourself

It may be helpful to do a background check on themselves before applying for a job with McDonald’s.  This will allow a felon the opportunity to know exactly what will be discovered when they do their review.

Why wait and take a chance on the results? If they have any questions, they can contact an attorney.

Different kinds of personal background checks that can be done are:

  • Through the court in which they were charged to provide records
  • A credit report will help determine how financially responsible an individual is
  • Driving records for any job involving driving, such as a truck driver
  • An educational report through the National Student Clearing House
  • Social media accounts

For someone wanting to do a background check on themselves, there are places that can help.

Supporting a Felon in Applying at McDonald’s

Families of loved ones with a felony need to encourage them to be honest and answer any questions about their history when applying for a job at McDonald’s.

Doing their own background check allows a felon to know what an employer will see on their record.

This can prevent problems later, so be honest with them in this situation.

Encourage them to do their own check first.  Give them the best opportunity for success in their new life.

So what do you think about this blog post about whether McDonald’s does background checks?  Have you or someone you know had McDonald’s do a background check?  What was that like and were they successful in dealing with it?   Please tell us in the comments below.

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