Yes. Apple will do a pre-employment background check.
They participate in the E-Verify program to confirm that you’re legally able to work in the United States. What they check in addition will likely depend on the position you apply for.
However, for an entry-level job at an Apple store, you can expect them to check your criminal record and confirm what your resume says about employment and education.
Here’s an interesting article about background checks for Fortune 500 companies like Apple. It explains why these companies routinely do background checks and what they check for.
This is what you need to know about background checks:
Employers in some states are only permitted to consider the last seven years for a background check. Here are the states where this applies:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)
In other states, employers won’t look at charges where you were found not guilty. These states are:
- New York
Be aware, many states will review your whole record in a background check. In these states, this includes any not guilty verdicts:
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Apple has very positive online ratings!
On glassdoor.com, the company gets 4 out of 5 stars based on over 13,000 reviews. Here, 77% say they’d recommend Apple to a friend. Ninety-one percent approve of the CEO who, interestingly, gets the Top CEO award on glassdoor.com.
There are only 230 reviews on indeed.com. However, the rating is high here, too — 4.2 out of 5. Top marks were for culture, pay and benefits, and work-life balance.
The consistently positive ratings across these sites suggest Apple can be an excellent company to work for.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
So, does Apple hire felons? Honestly, it looks like yes. However, as you might expect, certain records will hurt your chances. For example, if you have a history of theft or assault, you will have a more difficult time getting hired.
This makes sense when you think about the responsibilities of their entry-level jobs. The company needs to know that they can trust you to handle cash or credit cards, and you won’t steal the inventory. They also want to make sure you can get along with co-workers and be respectful to customers.
Here’s interesting advice from an individual on reddit.com: “Apple does hire individuals with prior convictions. As long as it wasn’t a violent charge like assault and it wasn’t theft or . . . [embezzlement] or anything along those lines, then you as a person and what you can bring to the table for them will outweigh any other charge.”
Does Apple drug test?
There’s no information on the company website that specifically answers this question. Online feedback from employees is mixed; some had to pass a drug test and others didn’t.
However, Apple’s website says the company is a drug-free workplace. What’s more, they clearly lay out the consequences for anyone found to be using drugs on the job. Therefore, it’s entirely possible Apple will do a drug test.
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