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How should I answer questions about a felony in my past.?

I committed a bank robbery in 1999 and served 31 months. The mgr where I now work, after hiring me with knowledge of my record, harassed me for sex from the first day until he was fired. ( I'm also male ) After 2 yrs, the new mgr knows I would have a hard time finding employment, therefore works the snot out of me and for PEANUTS. I have put in many applications and realize it's hard to answer this question about my record without sweating. I feel compelled to be honest because to lose a job for dishonesty or for any other reason would be a major set back. While in prison, I earned a degree and I'm paying back the money. The amazing thing is, I see people without records doing crazy stuff because they know no one is watching them, not realizing how close they are to ruining their life. So? What could I say to an interviewer inquiring about my background? .................just to respond further to my question/your answers. I did file a sexual harassement suit, which may be dropped because I represented myself and did a really poor job. Further, I never lived a life of crime, just one moment of really bad judgement. I've worked all my life. And. And. The amount of money in a cash register is not worth going to jail for. I'm not desperate and for what I'm seen on my job, I'm more honest than a lot of my co-workers. So while I'm being watched.........................? Thanks yahoo people, this is a very serious matter to me and I appreciate all your answers.

Asked By: madcan - 7/17/2006
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That you made a mistake, you've served your sentence and that you are doing everything possible to be a good citizen. If your off paper you have your right to vote restored. Nobody is ever going to understand why or what brought you to that place in 1999 but the matter is behind you, period. It's easy for me to... More
Answered By: gamerunner2001 - 7/17/2006
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You have to tell the truth. Chances are the company will do a background check anyways. So tell the truth in the beginning so they wont have to fire you for lying. Good Luck, and congrats on getting your degree.
Answered By: mrshunter_2002 - 7/17/2006
 
The truth. It sucks, I know, but it's always better. My husbands' violent felonies are over 10 years old & he hasn't been in trouble since douing his time, but he's still turned down for some jobs. But the ones he has gotten, have always appreciated him being honest. If you lie & they catch you, you look like you haven... More
Answered By: Wendy - 7/17/2006
 
You have to be honest, but you can ellaborate in your interview. Turn it into a "lessons learned" by mentioning how you had time to reflect on your life and decided to better yourself, how difficult it was to do that under the circumstances, etc... More
Answered By: LadyJag - 7/17/2006
 
id say be honest. tell whoever you are being interviewed by that you made a mistake. that you did your time, and now you want to go back to being a hard worker and provide for yourself and your family. mistakes are something everyone makes.... and im pretty sure that all 50 states saying that if you are a convicted... More
Answered By: Laser - 7/17/2006
 
Do not lie or you will get in more trouble. It is better to tell the truth. It is harder to find a job in your situation but not impossible. Hopefully you will get a good job. Companies today do more background checks then ever.
Answered By: bigboywasim - 7/17/2006
 
If you've earn a degree,why do you need to fill an application for employment when you can just submit your resume.If your employment requires that you answer that question then all you have to do is just tell them the truth.But you do not have to go into details.
Answered By: paragasj - 7/17/2006
 
There's nothing in the world wrong with just what you've said here. You're right, you can't falsify an application. Employers now have ready access to your record, and if you lie you're out before you start. Better to come clean up front, and, if you have the opportunity to hand the application to the boss or human... More
Answered By: Sluggo - 7/17/2006
 
Don't lie. Tell the truth, and show concrete examples of how you've changed your life for the better. Talk about your new education and qualifications. I suggest doing some volunteer work to fill out your resume and get some references.
Answered By: jetgirly - 7/17/2006
 
well first of all you're doing the right thing by being honest. While in an interview just be straight up just like you're doing now. And remember to tell the interviewer how you've changed your life around and explain how you have contributed to the companies success.ie :" I found resolutions to problems, I found... More
Answered By: Tuffy - 7/17/2006
 
FYI, you could file a sexual harassment claim, which HR departments take very seriously because they can lead to lawsuits and cost them big bucks! And failure to act can really get them into trouble with the EEOC... More
Answered By: msoexpert - 7/17/2006
 
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