Reentry Interviewing Tips
- Come to the interview dressed appropriately (check out Be Your Best for tips) and always have extra copies of your resume and any diplomas, certificates, or licenses that you have earned.
- Walk into the interview with your head held high.
- Introduce yourself to the interviewer with a handshake and formal greeting: Good morning sir/ma’am.
- Be honest with the interviewer: Before we start the interview, I want you to know that I have a criminal background.
- Explain your offenses in a non-graphic manner. For example, say "controlled dangerous substance" or "CDS" as opposed to "drugs" or "narcotics."
- Highlight all of your positive accomplishments and qualities: I have made a lot of poor decisions in the past. I take full responsibility for my actions and have paid dearly for them. Since then, I earned my high school diploma and completed trade school. I have held positions that carried a lot of responsibility and I currently volunteer with a local youth organization. I am a proud father and family man and now know what it takes to be successful. I want to be able to contribute to (say the company name) and I just need someone to give me an opportunity to excel.
- Tell the interviewer why you are the right person for the job.
- Let the interviewer know about the assurances they will receive if they give you an opportunity: I currently qualify for the Federal Bonding program, which is an insurance policy for any employer willing to hire me if anything happens on the job.
- Remember, on most job applications you are not required to identify that you have a criminal record. Please see Ex-offender Hiring Rules and Regulations.