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How to Explain a DUI on a Job Application

 Posted on February 28, 2018 in DUI/OWI

shutterstock_468856877.jpgIf you have a DUI on your criminal record and are searching for a job, you may be nervous about how potential employers will react when they find out about your DUI conviction. Here are some tips on how to explain your DUI on a job application or in an interview and increase your chances of landing the job. 

Is Disclosing a DUI Necessary?

It may be tempting not to mention your DUI while applying for a job. However, if an application asks you about your criminal history, it is important that you reveal your DUI. Since employers almost always run background checks prior to hiring employees, not mentioning your DUI can make you appear untrustworthy. In most cases, hiring managers and recruiters refrain from hiring candidates who were not honest about their criminal history. 

Will I Not Get a Job After Disclosing a DUI?

Every employer is different. While some employers will be okay with a DUI, others will not. Whether or not you will be able to get a job after disclosing a DUI will depend on the specific company, its industry, culture, and the particular position. 

Often times, if an employer finds out about your DUI but you are qualified for the position, they may overlook it. In the event this occurs, they will likely ask you to elaborate on your DUI to make sure that you will not get another one. 

How to Discuss Your DUI at a Job Interview

Since the topic of your DUI may come up at your interview, you should prepare for how you will discuss it well in advance. It is highly recommended that you make it clear that your DUI was a mistake, that you learned from that mistake, and that you will never make that mistake again. 

You can also explain what you have learned from your DUI and show a potential employer that you are a qualified candidate for the position you are applying for despite your DUI. Additionally, you can discuss any DUI treatments you have completed and make it clear that those treatments have changed your life for the better.

How to Remove a DUI From Your Record

If you have been convicted of a DUI, you should know that you can get it expunged from your criminal record. You can consult an experienced DUI attorney about expunging your DUI after you have served all of your penalties. With an expunged DUI, you will not have to worry about disclosing your DUI to potential employers.

Contact Our Experienced Milwaukee County DUI Lawyers Today

If you have a DUI on your criminal record and are interested in expunging it, you should reach out to our highly skilled Milwaukee County DUI attorneys today at 262-303-4916. We can inform you whether you qualify for expungement and guide you through the process if you do.





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