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Does Walmart Hire Felons?

If you have experience working in a department store, you might consider applying for a job at Walmart. The issue is whether or not Walmart hires felons. Let’s look at this question.

In this blog post, we’ll cover the following:

  • About Walmart
  • 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 Walmart

Walmart is a discount store that had its beginning in 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas, by Sam Walton. The goal from its inception was to sell more for less.

Today, Walmart is the largest retail operation in the world with more than 11,500 stores in 27 countries, employing 2.2 million people.

The company is devoted to creating opportunities for as many as possible and offering value to its customers. With its numerous locations and thriving stores, Walmart has done just that.

Hiring Process

Walmart is usually hiring for a variety of positions, including stocker, backroom help, and cashier along with management jobs. Currently, Walmart is only hiring for part-time help.

The Walmart application is in two parts, the first of which is for personal background information. After an application has been submitted online, you must complete an assessment. This assessment consists of questions about everyday situations that you might encounter on the job.  

Based on your responses, applicants are divided into two groups, one to be considered further and those not to be considered.  Walmart wants individuals who are hardworking, honest, and dependable. 

If the company is interested in you, you will be contacted for an interview. Walmart typically interviews three applicants for each position they are hiring for. In the interview, you will be asked questions about why you want to work for Walmart, how you would handle a difficult customer, how to deal with a supervisor who wants things done differently, and why rules are important.

Those who are the most successful in being hired at Walmart have taken the time to learn about the company, its history, and its values. So, take time to educate yourself to have the best chance there.

Background Check?

There is a background check. Even if Walmart is known for its attitude in hiring those with a felony conviction and other negative aspects to their criminal record, it doesn’t make working there a slam dunk deal.

The question regarding a conviction was removed from their application in 2014, making Walmart a company that follows the ban the box initiative.  

If the company is interested in you, you will be asked to consent to a background check. If you decline this, you will be eliminated from further consideration. A background check at Walmart typically takes about a week.

A background check at Walmart will focus on the past seven years, looking for felony convictions. The investigation will use a name and address history search along with running your name through the National Sex Offender Registry. The check also includes a county and federal criminal search.

Walmart is willing to consider you based on the nature of the offense and the circumstances, length of time since your conviction, and your work experience.

The background check is run for Walmart to protect itself, its employees, and its customers.

In evaluating the results, they look for discrepancies between the report and your responses on the application. They also evaluate the nature of any criminal offenses discovered by the report.

So, remember to be honest about all information you reveal.

An Opportunity for Felons?

Walmart is a good company for hiring a felon. They have a strong history of giving felons a chance to succeed and turn their lives around.

That doesn’t mean that they will hire all felons. Remember that it will make a difference as to the type of felony and other factors.

With as many locations as Walmart operates, there are always jobs and the company is continually hiring.

They pay well for the basic positions they offer, but as you might expect, there is a fairly high turnover rate that creates the frequent openings they have.

Does the Type of Felony Matter?

Yes, the type of felony does make a difference as you might expect.

While Walmart does hire felons, they don’t hire anyone with a violent or sexual offense. These are serious crimes against persons that violate their most personal rights.

Additionally, they typically won’t hire you with a theft or forgery conviction. These are crimes that violate the trust of the company and render you a poor candidate for employment in their opinion.

If they can’t trust you with money or working around finances, they don’t want you. Forgery opens up a number of opportunities for dishonesty and a lack of morals, called moral turpitude.

All of these are deal breakers for you.

Can You Run a Background Check on Yourself?

Yes, you can run a background check on yourself. We suggest doing exactly that. 

Why would you want to run your own background check? Don’t you get enough of those when you apply for a job? Well, yes. But doing your own ahead of applying at Walmart will give you a heads up on what they will find about you when they do theirs.

If you have any questions, you can contact an attorney. It’s essential to take action and not risk a chance on the results. After all, this is your future at stake. So 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 answer any questions that might come up in an interview. This also means being open with Walmart about your past and your criminal record.

If you aren’t honest, this would constitute fraud, which is a punishable offense that could land you back in prison.

If you are eligible, you could have your record expunged. That would allow you to honestly answer on an application that you have no convictions on your record.

Steps to Take

This will give you a good idea of your chances to be hired at Walmart. They could help you in your efforts to reenter society.

If you are honest about your past and don’t have a serious violent or sexual offense, you may succeed here. Being hired there isn’t a given, but what is?

Take advantage of the chance and don’t let your past bring you down. It’s up to you to decide how important getting a job is. No, it isn’t easy. But don’t get discouraged. A company like Walmart can give you a hand.

You don’t have to be defined by your mistakes. Let your response to your mistakes define you, and what you can do with 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 Walmart hires felons? Have you or someone you know tried to get a job at Walmart? What was that like and what happened? Please tell us in the comments below.

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