A convicted felon often looks for new career opportunities once they have completed their sentence. There are various organizations that are more than happy to hire felons.
Retail chains are known for hiring felons and Walmart being one of the leading retail chains leads the pack.
The company policy at Walmart is ‘equal opportunity for everyone’. This makes it the perfect place for a felon to start afresh. For you to get a job at Walmart, however, it is vital to clear background and a drug test.
Starting At Walmart
While Walmart does hire felons, it is important to understand the various job requirements before you put in an application.
You can visit careers.walmart.com to look at opportunities available at a Walmart near you. Alternatively, you can also walk into any Walmart and ask them for a job application.
If you are a convicted felon, you will be required to start at an entry-level position at Walmart. Some of these positions include:
- Delivery driver
- Freight handler
- Power equipment operator
- Overnight stocker
- Sales associate
- Fresh food associate
- Cashier clerk
- Stock room clerk
- Distribution center clerk
Some of these positions do require training or special skills. Walmart does provide on the job training for specialized positions such as a delivery driver. For this job, you must have a valid driving license and you should have not been convicted for a DUI felony.
Certain positions also require a lot of physical strength where you need to carry heavy boxes. You should know that jobs at Walmart could be tiresome and you may be required to work long hours and sometimes even over the weekend.
That being said, Walmart does look out for its employees and they treat them well. If you work honestly and show that you are hardworking, you can stay with Walmart for the long-term and grow with the company.
Walmart Background Checks
When applying for a job at Walmart, you must be honest about your past because Walmart will eventually learn about it and you will not be offered the job because you were not honest.
It is a policy at Walmart to check the background of any employee before their joining date.
Types Of Background Checks
Walmart runs various kinds of background checks to assess an individual. This includes checking their criminal record as well as information about their personal and financial status. They also make calls to references to get more information on a potential hire.
Walmart will seek your permission before running a criminal background check on you since this is a mandate by law.
Information Revealed During The Check
A criminal background check will reveal information about all convictions. Walmart will also receive detailed records about cases where you were prosecuted and cases where you were dismissed. They also check for other information such as:
- Financial records
- Driving records
- Education history
If your record is expunged or sealed, Walmart does not have the authority to check it.
How Long Does The Background Check Take?
A standard background check at Walmart could go on from anywhere between 3 days right up to 30 days. This depends on the position you are applying for and the checks Walmart decides to run.
A criminal and personal background check takes up to a week. An FBI check could take up to 30 days but it is rare for Walmart to run such a check.
If you have applied at Walmart then you should know that Walmart takes a week or two to get back to you. If you haven’t heard from them then there is probably something that came up in your background check.
How Far Back Does Walmart Go?
In most states, a check cannot be run on records older than 7 years. In other states, it can go back as far as 10 years. Unless it is a serious offense, it should not bother you since Walmart is open to hiring felons.
Who Runs A Background Check At Walmart?
Walmart is currently partnered with backgroundchecks.com to get your information. This information includes:
- Name and address
- Whether you show up as a sex offender
- Your social security number check
- Criminal charges against you
- Federal search
Walmart does not depend on online systems since they are incomplete and they look to cover all bases when hiring employees.
Hiring Process At Walmart
If you are keen to take up a job at Walmart then here is what you should know about the hiring process.
Fill Out An Application
You can choose to fill out an online application or visit any Walmart store to ask for one. When filling in the application online, make sure you choose the location correctly so that you are hired for the right store.
After filling out the information you need to go through an assessment test. This test consists of around 65 questions. Once you complete this test, you need to wait for a call from Walmart. The more you score on the test the higher your chances of getting through at Walmart will be.
Once the application is accepted, you will be called in for an interview. During the interview, there may be multiple people interviewing you at the same time. It is standard for Walmart to have at least 3 managers present while conducting an interview.
Stay prepared for this so you don’t get intimidated by multiple people asking you questions.
This is the most important interview at Walmart because decides whether you move forward or not. Be prepared to answer questions regarding your background and be honest about your answers. Lying at this stage could cost you your job.
Second Round Of Interviews
Based on the position you are applying for, you may be required to go in for another round of interviews and this would be one-on-one.
Once you clear the interviews, Walmart begins running its background checks. It is also during this time that Walmart runs a drug test. If you are using illegal substances or you consume alcohol, try to stay clean to bag the job at Walmart.
This is a tough wait period and could last anywhere between 7 to 14 days. If you don’t hear back after 14 days, you can always call them up but the chances of you getting a job at that point are slim.
Once you are selected, you are called in for a three-day orientation. This is where you learn about your job responsibilities and get familiar with the policies at Walmart. It is vital to adhere to the policies if you want to continue working at Walmart.
How Much Does Walmart Pay?
Walmart pays an average salary of approximately $13 an hour. Employees could make up to $26000 a year. Part-time employees are on a minimum wage of up to $10 an hour.
The salary can also differ based on the location of the store, the number of years of relevant experience you have, and your position.
Walmart is a safe environment for felons to begin a career as they don’t discriminate and give equal opportunities to everyone. There is no harm in trying your luck. Make sure you remember the points mentioned above so you increase your chances of getting hired.