Our clients seek an expungement for a variety of reasons. One of the main reasons someone wishes to obtain an expungement is because they want to get employment. For many jobs, employers will most likely do a background check on new hires (even if the application form doesn’t even ask if you have been convicted of a crime).
If you’re successful in obtaining an expungement and apply for a job, would you be confident in answering the variety of questions a potential employer may throw at you? Even if you’ve obtained an expungement, you must be prepared for the interview.
There are a variety of questions that employers could potentially ask you. Here are some examples of questions that may help you to be more prepared and look better in the eyes of an interviewer.
- What’s your expected salary range? This can be a tough question. If you answer with a high number, you may price yourself out of a job by having unrealistic expectations. If you price yourself too low, then you may not value yourself enough or your potential employer may see a bargain. Some good advice is to conduct research on the typical salary ranges for the jobs you’re interviewing for. Therefore, if asked about salary, you can come back with a response backed up by data.
- Why do you want to work for our company? Be sure to answer this question honestly. People who interview candidates for a living can detect a scripted answer a fairly easily. Instead of giving a standard response, conduct extensive research on the company you’re applying for so that you can throw out some examples in the interview. Read the company blog/news articles or anything else that you can research. This way, it will not seem like just “another interview,” but something that is important to you which the interviewer will most likely take note.
- What’s your greatest weakness? This is a tricky question because employers really want to see if you’re self-aware – they don’t want to receive an answer that says something along the lines of: “I’m an overachiever” or “I’m a perfectionist” These are answers an interviewer will quickly dismiss. Instead, you should focus on specific examples of where you acknowledge some weaknesses and how you’ve worked and are continuing to work on bettering yourself.
- Why did you leave your last job? Be sure to answer this question honestly and not to throw any previous employer under the bus. If you left your previous company on bad terms, it’s usually not a good idea to talk poorly about your previous employer or colleagues. Your interviewer will not perceive an extremely critical answer positively. A job interview is not a therapy session but rather a place for you to shine in a professional manner.
Here’s the bottom line: research everything you can about a company before your interview. If you have a criminal record that is eligible for an expungement, then be sure to expunge it before applying. Most employers don’t know you; and, although you may have taken strides to better your life, a potential employer will often dismiss someone who has a criminal record when compared to someone else of equal caliber with a clean record.