Misdemeanors in Ohio can include a number of offenses from domestic violence and OVI, to theft and drug possession. Explaining your past during a job interview can feel uncomfortable.
Contrary to what many may think, you still have a viable chance of getting a job if you know how to discuss your past the right way. Speaking with poise and professionalism can help you maintain control of the situation.
Focus on the future
Dwelling on your past, oversharing, blaming and expressing a lack of confidence will get you one foot out the door. Rather, focus on your future. Prepare to answer questions about your past from the perspective of lessons learned. Share how your experiences have shaped your success and motivated you to improve your life.
Highlight competencies you have and skills you have developed. Share a brief vision of where you see yourself being in the future. Take responsibility for the here and now and carry yourself with dignity and confidence.
Know your rights
Just because you broke the law does not mean you lost your rights. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, employers can ask about your arrest record. However, when making hiring decisions they should maintain an objective point of view. Some things they should consider include how long ago the offense occurred and how serious the offense was. They should also consider the job you applied for and how relevant your past is to your ability to perform the role.
Advocating for your rights in a professional manner will build your rapport and show your seriousness. The time you take to prepare for your interview can make a difference in the outcome. Staying confident and removing yourself from the past can help you feel more prepared to make a memorable first impression.