Apple background check

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by lefthandmedia, Jul 3, 2014.

  1. lefthandmedia macrumors newbie

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    I have been offered a job at a new Apple Retail store opening in September. I am pretty excited to say the least. I am at the background check now.

    Soooooo....

    I am 39 yrs old and when I was 18 I was convicted of a misdemeanor. It's a Class A in the state of VA. Even though this is 21 years old, will I still get flagged by HireRight as a "do not hire?" I have informed the manager of it, she would typically see the background check herself, but since this is a new store opening, with 60+ hires, she will only get a yes or no answer. Other than that I have a clean record.

    I know most Fortune 500 companies do the 7-10 year look back, but this isn't most companies. Even though I feel like this was a lifetime ago, and most Apple Retail employees haven't even been adults for 21 years, what are my odds like?

    FYI
    I was told I would start Aug 10 as a creative. (pending check of course)
    I would travel to Cupertino the following week for certification.
    Store will open late Sept.
     
  2. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Sorry about your situation...but I would suggest that any responses here would be nothing more than blind guessing.

    Discussing this with the manager, and possibly a lawyer, would make more sense, imo, than the guesses you might get here.

    Good luck...:)
     
  3. webbuzz macrumors 65816

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    What was the crime? It would be a different story if it was a felony or it happened in the last couple of years.

    I think you will be okay.

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    Good advice. ;)
     
  4. lefthandmedia thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have already discussed it with the Manager. As I stated she typically sees them for hires, this being a new store opening, and a bulk hire/background check situation she will only get a yes/no.

    I know enough about Apple to know they are trained not to show their cards. We discussed it, she appreciated me being forthright, and said that she was not sure how far Apple "looks back" so we will just wait and see. The offense was theft at a retail clothing store in 1993. Obviously I'm hung up on the fact that it was 21 years ago, people change. I've been on 3 church staffs in the last 11 years as a youth Pastor, and creative media director, and now a part time videographer. But again, they're not retail, which I stole from. #YoungAndStupid

    Maybe the better question is...
    Has anyone been hired by Apple with a criminal record? What was your experience?
     
  5. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Did you ever re-offend (not that I wish to know - it is the sort of question that may be asked of you)? What have you done - in terms of relevant - and other - work experience - since then? What qualifications have you? Professionally, why would you recommend yourself to Apple as a possible employee?

    These are the questions that - were I in your shoes - I would seek to supply answers to and stress in any encounter or interview with Apple representatives, not a relatively minor felony which occurred quite some time ago.

    Many people do stupid things when they are young and don't know - or haven't learned - any better. Most people grow out of that and become productive and engaged members of society. That is the line I would take, along with emphasising everything you have done since then…..
     
  6. lefthandmedia thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Great advice!
    But again I refer to what the manager told me. She will only get a yes or a no. To be more specific, it will say DO NOT HIRE. She informed me that it's for her protection and mine, she will not be told the reason, just that it's a no. I have already been "hired" pending the background check.

    I have no problem sharing my value. I know for a fact they're really interested in my by the way they have pursued me. I'm just curious to know how for back companies choose to look. Standard is 7-10 years, BUT, a record is a record, and as an employer I would want to know. Doesn't matter if it was 1 or 100 yrs ago. I would prefer to know all the info, and base my decisions on my findings and a possible convo.

    I would love to have an opportunity to speak to them about it, I just hope I get the chance.
     
  7. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    There is no way they will discuss the background check in any detail with you. They know how to cover their legal asses.
     

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