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1 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Interviewing For Ex- Offenders Use A Step-By Step Process To Build More Powerful Interview Answers

2 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Whyd You Commit The Crime… How Did You Get Into Trouble In The First Place? 1. Indicate the situation around the crime. I was young, dumb, unemployed, and hanging around the wrong people. Sample Answer Bring up only the last conviction. I committed a burglary and received a 5 year sentence. Indicate stupidity and accept responsibility. I know it was a dumb thing to do, but I did it and I take full responsibility for my actions.

3 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Whyd You Commit The Crime… How Did You Get Into Trouble In The First Place? 1. Show remorse. I wake up regretting what I did every day and feel sorry for the grief I caused to the people who lived in the home. Sample Answer State your losses. By committing the crime I lost my wife and kids, the trust of my family, my car, my home, and much of my self- respect. By committing the crime I lost my wife and kids, the trust of my family, my car, my home, and much of my self- respect.

4 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Whyd You Commit The Crime… How Did You Get Into Trouble In The First Place? 1. Sample Answer Focus on the most important thing you learned. I guess the most important thing I learned is that you have to work hard for a decent living. Talk about what you learned. If theres any good from this situation it was that I had time to learn about myself. I gained a respect for other peoples rights. I learned how to follow directions and developed more self- control than I had before.

5 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Whyd You Commit The Crime… How Did You Get Into Trouble In The First Place? 1. What did you do to improve yourself while in prison. I made the best of my time and took classes in carpentry, electricity, plumbing, dry walling, and masonry so Id be ready for the world of work when I left. Sample Answer Relate time in prison to work. In fact, I was made the team leader of the crew that did most of the inside maintenance work.

6 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Whyd You Commit The Crime… How Did You Get Into Trouble In The First Place? 1. Indicated the need to earn your way back. I know Im going to have to earn my way back into society and Im willing to do whatever I need to do to gain back peoples trust. Sample Answer Indicate a willingness to talk about things but express embarrassment. Please dont hesitate asking questions about my prison experience. Even though it embarrasses me, you deserve to know as much about me as you want to know.

7 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Common Reasons For Criminal Behavior Family: Family members who were the role models had been in trouble with the law. Peer Pressure: People they hung around with enticed them into criminal activities. School Problems: Not staying in school reduced job opportunities and forced them onto another path. Loners: Since they had very few friends, they werent able to see that their behaviors werent acceptable. Striking Back: Felt that society was screwing them. And crime was a way to strike back.

8 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions More Common Reasons For Criminal Behavior Excitement: Sometimes the thrill of being bad outweighs the fear of being caught. Dumb As A Box Of Rocks: Little thought was given to the ramification of their actions. Survival: There didnt seem to be any other way to take care of themselves or their families than through crime. Prestige: For some reason, some folks feel that committing a crime makes them somebody.

9 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Whats It Like Being In Prison? 2. Indicate a lack of fun. Im sure you realize that prison is meant for punishment and not someplace people want to be. Sample Answer Relate your day in prison to the day in a persons work life. I had to wake up at 5:30 each morning if I wanted to eat. I had to get ready for work. After that it was pretty much like any other job. We had to meet production and quality quotas, follow directions, and work as a team...or wed be replaced. I had to wake up at 5:30 each morning if I wanted to eat. I had to get ready for work. After that it was pretty much like any other job. We had to meet production and quality quotas, follow directions, and work as a team...or wed be replaced.

10 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Whats It Like Being In Prison? 2. Sample Answer Talk about your leisure time. After work I did what most folks do. I watched a little TV, listened to music, wrote letters, and took educational classes. After work I did what most folks do. I watched a little TV, listened to music, wrote letters, and took educational classes.

11 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions How Do I Know Youre Going Straight...Will The Cops Be At My Front Door? 3. Show you understand the concern. I can understand your concern. Id be worried about that too. Sample Answer Compare yourself to other workers. Aside from making a serious mistake, Im not much different than your other employees. Aside from making a serious mistake, Im not much different than your other employees.

12 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions How Do I Know Youre Going Straight...Will The Cops Be At My Front Door? 3. Point out there is no guarantee with any hire. Im sure that there have been times that youve hired someone who you thought would work out...and they didnt or times you thought someone might not work out and they did just fine on the job. Im sure that there have been times that youve hired someone who you thought would work out...and they didnt or times you thought someone might not work out and they did just fine on the job. Sample Answer

13 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions How Do I Know Youre Going Straight...Will The Cops Be At My Front Door? 3. Sample Answer Specify your need to do a good job. If theres any real difference between me and your other employees, its that I know whats waiting for me if I dont change my life. I have to be reliable, do quality work, and work harder to keep my job or Ill pay a higher price for losing the job than anyone else. I dont ever want to return to prison or hurt my family again. If theres any real difference between me and your other employees, its that I know whats waiting for me if I dont change my life. I have to be reliable, do quality work, and work harder to keep my job or Ill pay a higher price for losing the job than anyone else. I dont ever want to return to prison or hurt my family again.

14 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions What Will My Employees (Customers) Think If I Hire An Ex-offender? 4. Sample Answer Request confidentiality. I guess I dont see why anyone, other than the people who need to know, have to find out about my history… The Confidentiality Approach One tactic is to try to keep the information hidden from everyone, except those who need to know, for as long as you can. The problem with this approach is that youll have to isolate yourself from the rest of the workers. This might not do you much good and the other workers might see you as standoffish or stuck up. The boss might also hire someone who knows the scoop on you.

15 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions How Do I Know Youre Going Straight...Will The Cops Be At My Front Door? 4. Get interviewer to commit....do you? Sample Answer Show separation of job and your social life. I plan on keeping the work I do and my social and personal life completely apart. Negate idea of a problem. This way I dont think the problem should ever arise.

16 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions How Do I Know Youre Going Straight...Will The Cops Be At My Front Door? 4. Show preparation in case it does come up. But, I figure that if I do a good job, put in more than my fair share of effort, help others, keep my mouth shut and ears open, Ill be accepted by the other workers... even if they do find out. Sample Answer

17 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions What Will My Employees (Customers) Think If I Hire An Ex-offender? Hard Work Breeds Acceptance Approach Another tactic is to assume that sooner or later someone is going to find out. So, you try to do good work and develop good working relationships. Even though we cant determine how each coworker and supervisor will initially react, we do know that if you do good work and get along with your coworkers, youll be accepted...sooner or later. 2. Hard Work Breeds Acceptance Approach Another tactic is to assume that sooner or later someone is going to find out. So, you try to do good work and develop good working relationships. Even though we cant determine how each coworker and supervisor will initially react, we do know that if you do good work and get along with your coworkers, youll be accepted...sooner or later. Sample Answer Show you understand the problem. I understand why you think this might be a problem and…

18 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions State knowledge of need for time....I know that it will take time to build trust and friendship. Sample Answer Stress relationship between good work and friendships. Im also convinced that doing good work and helping people in their jobs is one of the best ways to get people to like you...even if youve made a mistake. Stress hard work. One thing youll get from me is a person whos trying to do their best just to be accepted. What Will My Employees (Customers) Think If I Hire An Ex-offender? 4.

19 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions What Will My Employees (Customers) Think If I Hire An Ex-offender? Learning Experience Approach A third tactic is to use the approach that your being hired will turn into a learning experience for all involved. We already know that people like to find out about the other side of life, so we try to use that as a way to answer the question about what the other workers will think. 3. Learning Experience Approach A third tactic is to use the approach that your being hired will turn into a learning experience for all involved. We already know that people like to find out about the other side of life, so we try to use that as a way to answer the question about what the other workers will think. Sample Answer State you understand the problem. I can understand your worry about how other people will accept me and Id worry about it if I were in your shoes. I can understand your worry about how other people will accept me and Id worry about it if I were in your shoes.

20 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions How Do I Know Youre Going Straight...Will The Cops Be At My Front Door? 5. Turn into learning experience. But, I almost consider this an opportunity for everyone to learn about the evils of crime and the price you have to pay for being on the other side of the law. Sample Answer Show what youll learn. On the other hand, I know that Ill be able to learn about the company and job from them.

21 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Do You Think Youve Rehabilitated Yourself? 5. Give an emphatic Yes. Yes, theres no doubt about it. Sample Answer List 2-4 things you did to make the decision that a criminal lifestyle is no longer for you. I did an actual financial profit and loss analysis of my life and found that crime just wasnt profitable. I also made a list of things I gained in prison and what I lost...and the personal losses are almost too much to bear now. I also got involved with a ministry that helped me see that I needed to change my life and make amends for what I did.

22 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Gains Improved education which will help in your job A healthy respect for authority and rules A genuine respect for other peoples rights A better understanding of why you do things Increased ability to get along in tight situations More patience handling problems Job-related skills training Counseling that helped you change your behavior A desire to do whats right so you dont return Improved self-discipline Renewed respect for the value of hard work Gains Improved education which will help in your job A healthy respect for authority and rules A genuine respect for other peoples rights A better understanding of why you do things Increased ability to get along in tight situations More patience handling problems Job-related skills training Counseling that helped you change your behavior A desire to do whats right so you dont return Improved self-discipline Renewed respect for the value of hard work Common Gains and Losses From A Felony Conviction

23 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Common Gains and Losses From A Felony Conviction Losses Access to, and respect from, your children Trust from your family and friends Your own personal dignity and self-respect Freedom to control your own life Personal property (car, home, etc.) Time you could have been advancing your career Money you could have made working Opportunity to enter certain types of careers Ability to travel anywhere you want Right to enter the job market on your own terms Network of friends who could help you find work Losses Access to, and respect from, your children Trust from your family and friends Your own personal dignity and self-respect Freedom to control your own life Personal property (car, home, etc.) Time you could have been advancing your career Money you could have made working Opportunity to enter certain types of careers Ability to travel anywhere you want Right to enter the job market on your own terms Network of friends who could help you find work

24 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions What other gains and losses can you think of?

25 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions What Did You Learn From Being In Prison? 6. Use prison as a learning experience. I wouldnt recommend prison as the best place to learn a lesson, but I did. Sample Answer Define 2-4 of gains from your time in prison. On the positive side I was able to improve my education. I developed a healthy respect for authority and rules, renewed my respect for hard work, and developed a desire do whats right so I dont return.

26 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions What Did You Learn From Being In Prison? 6. Define 2-4 of loses from your time in prison. On the downside, I lost access to my kids, the freedom to control my own life, the right to enter the labor market on my own terms, and a network of good and caring friends. On the downside, I lost access to my kids, the freedom to control my own life, the right to enter the labor market on my own terms, and a network of good and caring friends. Sample Answer State how youre different and let them know you want to work. Im 180º different than I was just a few years ago and I want to prove my value to any employer willing to give me an opportunity to restart my employment life.

27 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Will I Have To Worry About Your Prison Friends Showing Up? 7. An Emphatic NO. No!, not a chance, never. Sample Answer Define 2-4 reasons why this wont happen. Aside from the fact that I dont want any link with my past, my probation doesnt allow it. Ive not talked with anyone from that past and I certainly dont want any of those folks knowing where I live at or where I work.

28 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions How Do I Know I Can Trust You? 8. The Risk Comparison Approach This tactic has you questioning the employer about the risk they take hiring any worker. Show your understanding of the employers concern. I realize that Ive lost the right to ask people to trust me because of my past and that I might be seen as a risk… Compare yourself to other workers....but doesnt every employer take some risk whenever they hire anyone? Sample Answer

29 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions How Do I Know I Can Trust You? 8. Question about different indicators of trust and link the trust factors to the job. Have you ever hired anyone who didnt have a conviction and found out later that you couldnt trust them to come back from breaks on time, you couldnt trust them to keep their word, or you were afraid to trust them to get the job done right... and on time? Sample Answer The Risk Comparison Approach This tactic has you questioning the employer about the risk they take hiring any worker.

30 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions How Do I Know I Can Trust You? 8. Point out the ramifications of being an ex-offender in the labor market. Unlike your other employees, if anything turns up missing I know that Ill be the first person you look at. If Im even accused of a crime my probation might be revoked and I understand that you can terminate me at any time... without cause. Sample Answer The Risk Comparison Approach This tactic has you questioning the employer about the risk they take hiring any worker.

31 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions How Do I Know I Can Trust You? 8. Stress your desire to prove your trustability. I know its going to take some time to rebuild my trust quotient, but Im willing to do everything possible to do that. Give them something tangible as a way to begin building trust. If you have an honesty test, polygraph test, or a drug test, Im willing to take them right now. Sample Answer The Risk Comparison Approach This tactic has you questioning the employer about the risk they take hiring any worker.

32 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions How Do I Know I Can Trust You? 8. Find out if the past eliminates you? Is my past going to knock me out of the running? Sample Answer The Risk Comparison Approach This tactic has you questioning the employer about the risk they take hiring any worker.

33 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Rebuilding Trust Requires... keeping your word. not using company equipment for personal use. not stealing company time at breaks and when clocking in or out. not lying about reasons for not showing up for work. not taking anything thats not yours.

34 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions How Do I Know I Can Trust You? 8. The Example Approach This method requires a listing of activities and situations where you have exhibited a level oftrustability from your life, work, or educational experiences? Stress that your penalty for the crime continues after leaving prison. Im beginning to understand that a big part of the penalty for what I did is having to deal with the trust issue… Sample Answer

35 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions How Do I Know I Can Trust You? 8. Let them know you can give reasons for trusting you....but I think I have a few examples that will show you that Im slowly rebuilding peoples trust in me and my work. Sample Answer The Example Approach This method requires a listing of activities and situations where you have exhibited a level oftrustability from your life, work, or educational experiences?

36 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions How Do I Know I Can Trust You? 8. Give one example of when someone has trusted you. My biggest critic, my ex-wife, has began letting me spend time with my kids because of the changes she sees in my life. Sample Answer The Example Approach This method requires a listing of activities and situations where you have exhibited a level oftrustability from your life, work, or educational experiences?

37 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions How Do I Know I Can Trust You? 8. Give another example of when someone has trusted you. Another instance is that my Sociology instructor has asked me to help him grade test papers for the class. Sample Answer The Example Approach This method requires a listing of activities and situations where you have exhibited a level oftrustability from your life, work, or educational experiences?

38 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions How Do I Know I Can Trust You? 8. Point out your most powerful indicator of trust. I think the biggest indicator that Im now a trustworthy person is that Im responsible for counting the collection money at my church and then depositing it. Sample Answer The Example Approach This method requires a listing of activities and situations where you have exhibited a level oftrustability from your life, work, or educational experiences?

39 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions How Do I Know I Can Trust You? 8. Give the question back to the interviewer. I dont know how else to prove that Ive changed my life and have become someone you can trust. Is there anything else I can do to convince you that Im a trustworthy person now? I dont know how else to prove that Ive changed my life and have become someone you can trust. Is there anything else I can do to convince you that Im a trustworthy person now? Sample Answer The Example Approach This method requires a listing of activities and situations where you have exhibited a level oftrustability from your life, work, or educational experiences?

40 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Do You Have To Make Restitution...are Your Wages Going To Be Garnished? 9. Specify the amount you owe. Im responsible for paying $57.56 / week. The tactic here is to show that your situation wont steal time from employers, cause them undue hardships, or affect your ability to be a reliable employee. Sample Answer

41 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Do You Have To Make Restitution...are Your Wages Going To Be Garnished? 9. Counter any concern that this will cause a problem getting to work. Ive budgeted the restitution amount so it wont affect my ability to get to the job or do the job. Sample Answer Show preparation and concern about time use by the employer. I have what little paperwork thats needed ready to go for your payroll people so they dont need to do much except for entering me into the computer as a new employee. I have what little paperwork thats needed ready to go for your payroll people so they dont need to do much except for entering me into the computer as a new employee.

42 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Start with a vehement no. No! From our conversation so far, I have absolutely no restrictions that would affect my ability to be a reliable worker and on the job every day. In order to answer this question, you should have done some research on the demands of the job and talk this question over with your P.O. You need to see how much support he or she will give you, should your job demands change. Sample Answer Do You Have Any Working Restrictions (Shift, Job Function Limitations, Travel Restrictions)? 10. Bring up a supportive P.O., should the job demands change. If my shift changes, or I have to travel, Ill clear it with my Probation Officer. Hes really supportive when it comes to my employment. If my shift changes, or I have to travel, Ill clear it with my Probation Officer. Hes really supportive when it comes to my employment.

43 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Define the actions youve taken to ensure that this behavior is stifled. I successfully completed anger management, attend counseling, Im continuing with a reentry support group and have eliminated the factors that caused that behavior. Sample Answer I See That Your Conviction Was For A Violent Crime. How Will You Handle Supervision And Being Critiqued For Your Work? 11. Make it a one-of-a time instance or put it in your past. That situation was a one-time situation (or if youve had multiple problems with violence...That was a bad part of my life thats been eliminated and a long time in my past).

44 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Sample Answer I See That Your Conviction Was For A Violent Crime. How Will You Handle Supervision And Being Critiqued For Your Work? 11. Give an example of when youve been supervised or critiqued without blowing up. One example of my handling supervision and critique was when I worked on the food service line... serving hundreds of meals in a really fast paced environment. I had to follow instructions from the cooks and kitchen supervisor and never once had a problem with my boss or coworkers. One example of my handling supervision and critique was when I worked on the food service line... serving hundreds of meals in a really fast paced environment. I had to follow instructions from the cooks and kitchen supervisor and never once had a problem with my boss or coworkers.

45 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Sample Answer I See That Your Conviction Was For A Violent Crime. How Will You Handle Supervision And Being Critiqued For Your Work? 11. Give another example of when youve been supervised or critiqued without blowing up. Give another example of when youve been supervised or critiqued without blowing up. In my math classes, I had to be open to instructive criticism. If I wasnt I wouldnt learn anything and wouldnt have passed the class. Give another example of when youve been supervised or critiqued without blowing up. Give another example of when youve been supervised or critiqued without blowing up. I came to terms early with the fact that I would be tightly supervised and critiqued in prison, so coping with directions and critique are nothing new. I was never written up for anything violent in the 4 years I spent. I came to terms early with the fact that I would be tightly supervised and critiqued in prison, so coping with directions and critique are nothing new. I was never written up for anything violent in the 4 years I spent.

46 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Sample Answer I See That Your Conviction Was For A Violent Crime. How Will You Handle Supervision And Being Critiqued For Your Work? 11. Check your standing with the interviewer. Is there anything else youd like to know and can you let me know if Im still in the running for the job? Is there anything else youd like to know and can you let me know if Im still in the running for the job?

47 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Sample Answer Are You Bondable (This Is An Easy One)? 12. An adamant yes is in order and find out if they want to know more. Yes I am. In fact theres a Federal Bonding Program that protects you against economic loss, reduces your risk of hiring me, and costs you nothing. Would you like to know more about the program? Yes I am. In fact theres a Federal Bonding Program that protects you against economic loss, reduces your risk of hiring me, and costs you nothing. Would you like to know more about the program?

48 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Sample Answer Will I Have To Worry About Your P.o. Showing Up All The Time? 13. A forceful no is the only answer. No! Give a rationale for your answer. Once they confirm that Im working here and what my hours are they might show up once to confirm what Ive told them. They have so many people on their case load that most of their time is spent in the office and someone like me isnt a very high priority. Once they confirm that Im working here and what my hours are they might show up once to confirm what Ive told them. They have so many people on their case load that most of their time is spent in the office and someone like me isnt a very high priority.

49 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Sample Answer You Were Convicted Of A Drug & Alcohol Charge. How Do I Know Youve Kicked Your Habit And Can You Pass A Drug/alcohol Test...right Now? 14. An immediate yes is your answer. Yes. Im willing to take it right now… Project into the future....and I wont have any trouble with random drug tests once I start working here.

50 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Sample Answer You Were Convicted Of A Drug & Alcohol Charge. How Do I Know Youve Kicked Your Habit And Can You Pass A Drug/alcohol Test...right Now? 14. Put drug/alcohol use in your past. Ive been clean and sober for over 3 years and cant even envision my going back to that type of destructive lifestyle. Describe what youve done to counter your drug/alcohol problem. Ive joined a church self-help group, attend A.A,, do volunteer work, attend G.E.D. classes, and Im tested regularly by my P.O. Ive joined a church self-help group, attend A.A,, do volunteer work, attend G.E.D. classes, and Im tested regularly by my P.O.

51 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Sample Answer Are You Willing To Start At The Bottom? 15. Compare where you came from to where you are. You cant get any lower than being in prison so anything from that point looks good to me. Indicate your understanding that you need to earn your way back. Indicate your understanding that you need to earn your way back. I realize that Im going to have to pay some dues to restart a career and that I need to do a great job to be considered for advancement. I realize that Im going to have to pay some dues to restart a career and that I need to do a great job to be considered for advancement.

52 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Sample Answer Are You Willing To Start At The Bottom? 15. Show your flexibility and willingness to solve employer problems. Im willing to take on jobs that some folks might not like or work undesirable shifts to prove that Im a good worker. Im willing to take on jobs that some folks might not like or work undesirable shifts to prove that Im a good worker. Show ambition and ask about upward mobility. But, Im not planning on being at the bottom forever. What is the next job up from this one and what skills and education level are needed for advancement? But, Im not planning on being at the bottom forever. What is the next job up from this one and what skills and education level are needed for advancement?

53 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Sample Answer What Is Your Current Living And Transportation Situation?(Work Release, Living With Wife/husband/friend)? 16. Let the employer off the hook. Show you understand them. I guess what youre really asking is if Im going to be reliable and get to work every day. Are you reliable? Can you be counted on to show up? Can you cover when someone else doesnt show up? Attendance and punctuality are still two of the most important concerns of most employers.

54 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Sample Answer What Is Your Current Living And Transportation Situation?(Work Release, Living With Wife/husband/friend)? 16. Eliminate the employers fear. Im also available for overtime. I want as many hours as I can get. Offer more. I have stable housing, a phone, and reliable transportation; so you can count on me being here when Im needed?

55 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Sample Answer Are You Able To Acquire Needed Licenses (Driving, Professional Certifications, Etc.)? 17. Show that youre ready to work. The only thing Ill need is an employee I.D. and whatever paperwork you need to collect from me. Act like youre going to be hired. I already have all of the necessary licenses and certifications to do the job.

56 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Sample Answer Have You Ever Been Arrested? (this is probably an illegal question in your state, but how you handle it can put you in either a positive or negative light.) 18. Point out its an illegal question. Yes, I was arrested for drug possession but I was never convicted. That arrest scared me straight and made me realize that I had to stop acting like a dumb kid and take on adult responsibilities. Be truthful, put it in your past, and stress what you learned from the experience. I dont know if you realize it, but asking about arrests is an illegal interview question. Option #1 Option #2

57 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Sample Answer Are There Any Incentives For Hiring An Ex- offender? 19. Let the interviewer know that there are financial incentives. Let the interviewer know that there are financial incentives. There sure is. Im a money maker for you...based on the amount of hours I get to work and the number of tax credit categories I fit into. Would you like to know more about the Work Opportunities Tax Credit for employers hiring ex-offenders, how simple is to have the Workforce Development Board sign you up, and how big of a tax break youll receive?

58 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Sample Answer Why Should I Hire You Over Someone Who Didnt Commit A Crime? 20. Use the fair minded card and make the conversation about skills, abilities, and your willingness to be a loyal and hard worker. Use the fair minded card and make the conversation about skills, abilities, and your willingness to be a loyal and hard worker. Id like to think that youre a fair-minded person who is looking to hire people who would be the best fit for your company and give you the best return on your hiring investment? I think Im the best candidate for 5 reasons. 1.____________________________________ 2.____________________________________ 3.____________________________________ 4.____________________________________ 5.____________________________________ Id like to think that youre a fair-minded person who is looking to hire people who would be the best fit for your company and give you the best return on your hiring investment? I think Im the best candidate for 5 reasons. 1.____________________________________ 2.____________________________________ 3.____________________________________ 4.____________________________________ 5.____________________________________

59 Dick Gaithers Job Search Training Systems, Inc. (800) Steps To Building Comprehensive Answers To Tough Ex- Offender Interview Questions Sample Answer Why Should I Hire You Over Someone Who Didnt Commit A Crime? 20. Bring up incentives if it feels right. Im also one of the few candidates that can offer tax incentives for hiring me. See if youre still being considered. I hope my reasons keep me in contention for the job. Do they?


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