After reading your response to the women with 2 DUIs, I was hoping you could give me some insight. Here is my story:
I graduated college in December 2004. I accepted a job right away. I was 23 years old at the time. 3 months into my job, I got a DUI. I jumped through all the loops and have not had a problem with drinking since then. The night I did drive under the influence, I had very poor judgment. It definitely was a profound learning experience that I will never let happen again.
Three years later and I am ready to look for a new job. I have been asked to be interviewed by a great company, and they sent me a formal application. Of course one of the questions included is around if I have had any convictions other than a minor traffic offense. Of course I have, and I do plan on disclosing that I got a DUI.
My question is how much will this affect my chance to get the position? Do employers truly not judge, especially if I have had a clean record since?
Employers aren’t supposed to let a conviction affect their decision to hire someone unless that conviction is related to the job. Supposed to is the operative phrase. Will they? Hard to say.
The conviction was 4 years ago and you’ve been good (or not caught!) since. We’ll assume the former. This shows you realized your mistake and are determined not to repeat it. That said, one DUI conviction shows exceedingly poor judgment on your part (which you know).
Personally, if you were my top candidate I wouldn’t let this affect my decision. In fact, I don’t think this type of information should be revealed to the hiring manager. It should be placed on the application and the recruiter should only bring it to the attention of the hiring manager if the job involves driving or operating heavy equipment or something related. I think this should be the case for all convictions.
There are tons of reasons to not hire someone. It’s easy to say, “It’s not because of your old DUI conviction that we’re not offering you the job, it’s because your skill A isn’t as good as another candidate’s.” (Not that anyone tells you why they aren’t hiring you, they just don’t hire you, but if you were to sue, that would come up. I don’t advise suing, by the way. Suck it up and keep looking. That’s my motto!)
I hope you get this job, and I hope you continue not to drink and drive.