When you have a criminal record, everyday tasks might give you some anxiety. For example, driving your car, interacting with strangers and applying for a job.
You might worry about what people will think of you if they find out about your past. Fortunately, you have the ability to influence how others view you. Preparing for a job interview will require time and strategy.
Focus on your reputation
It will take time to recover your reputation. Even though you have paid the legal consequences, people may have lost trust in you. Entrepreneur suggests setting goals to help you identify a process to follow as you rebuild your reputation. Focus on the elements you can control. Do good things for the people around you. Volunteer in your community. Look for opportunities to practice job skills and learn new competencies.
When you prepare for a job interview, conduct yourself with professionalism and dignity. Practice answering questions related to your past. Focus on the lessons you have learned and how your past experiences will influence your impact in the workplace.
Act the part
Dress appropriately for your job interview. Arrive on time and greet the interviewer with enthusiasm and eye contact. Listen intently to the questions and provide thorough and thoughtful answers. Express your desire to get the job and describe the ways that you could improve the workplace if allowed the chance to work for the company.
At the close of the interview, thank the interviewer for the time spent in conversation. Ask about the next steps and when you can anticipate hearing a decision.
Your diligence in preparing for your interview can help you feel confident. You have the chance to help others see your potential and to see beyond the criminal activity of your past.