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If you served time for something you didn't do, would you mention that in any job interviews?

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Prisoner in handcuffsYes, no, maybe … it depends!

If you have served time i.e. you were charged for a criminal offence in a court of law and were incarcerated for a period of time it is fact of life … your life. You can’t hide it. The important aspect of it is that you have hopefully come out a better person and you learned from the experience.

I don’t think that you should necessarily be volunteering this information in a job interview but on the other hand neither should you be ignoring it.

These type of situations can come up in an interview when the Interviewer is looking at your resume and wondering about an unexplained absence from the workforce.

You need to have practiced an answer for that particular question. It may also be phrased in a different way. The question of ‘would you pass a criminal record check?’ might be a way that it is posed to you. If you are not truthful or evasive, it will work against you.

For some jobs, where a criminal record check is required, the fact that you served time, would be revealed.

While you can control how you present the details of your wrongful conviction and subsequent incarceration, you have no control of how the interviewer receives it and processes it.

Perhaps they regularly hire convicted felons that have served their debt to society. It may not be a big deal to them. For others, the fact that you have been locked up may be a deal breaker. They could terminate the interview on the spot.

The fact that you say you were wrongfully charged, doesn’t come into play in a job interview. However, it remains as an obstacle for you to overcome and move past. The past doesn’t necessarily equal the future and you have your whole life ahead of you to right that wrong.

Best of luck to you!


As originally answered on Quora.comQuora.com

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