Having an assault conviction on your record can make several aspects of your life more challenging. One of the main consequences of having an assault conviction is increased difficulty finding employment. However, that doesn’t mean getting a job is impossible. If you prepare properly and avoid making costly mistakes, you will be more likely to secure employment.
Here are some common interview mistakes to avoid.
When you’re trying to get a job with an assault conviction, first impressions are extra important. Nothing will get you started off on the wrong foot like being late to your interview. If you arrive late to the interview, the employer might think that you may come to work late. Try to leave at least 15 minutes early to ensure that you get there on time.
Not Wearing the Proper Clothes
How you’re dressed at your interview says a lot about you. If you come dressed in jeans and a ripped t-shirt, the interview might not think you take the position and refuse to hire you. To make a good first impression, look professional at your interview. Men can wear blacks with a button down shirt while women can wear a nice blouse with a knee-length skirt.
Lying About Your Conviction
During your interview, the employer may ask you if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime. It can be very tempting to lie about your assault conviction because you might feel embarrassed and afraid you won’t get the job. However, you should always be honest about your criminal history. If you lie about your conviction and the employer finds out, you definitely won’t be hired. Just tell the employer what you were convicted of and how you’ve changed since then.
Sharing Too Much
While it’s important to be honest about your conviction about your assault conviction, you should be careful about sharing too much information. If you start telling the employer your entire story and all the mistakes you’ve made in your past, it could ruin the interview. It’s better to be brief in your answers to questions about your conviction. Never give the employer more information than asked.
Consulting With a Criminal Lawyer
If you want to get your assault conviction expunged or sealed, speak to an experienced criminal lawyer, as soon as possible. He or she can assess your case and determine if it’s possible to seek an expungement or seal.