Yes, Target does perform background checks. Like we reported in the beginning of this article, Target does believe it is still important to consider a person’s criminal conviction history when making hiring decisions. While this doesn’t necessarily disqualify you, it is something you should be aware of.
Here’s what you need to know about background checks:
Some states don’t even look at offenses that are more than seven years ago. If you are on that sixth year, you may want to wait a year before applying. These states don’t look at your record if it’s been seven years since your conviction:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
*sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.
Guess what? There are some states that do not even show court cases where you were found not guilty. Eight states are currently on this list:
- New York
However, there are still many states that look at your whole record, even the cases where you were found not guilty. If you live in one of these states, that they will see everything:
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Because Target is such a large company, they have thousands of reviews on the site glassdoor.com. Target has a 3.4 score out of a possible 5 and 63% of respondents say they would recommend working at Target to a friend.
Most of the comments from former employees were positive. The negative comments, however, revolve mostly around what you would expect from a large store: very busy, some bad supervisors and the pay is a little low.
What felonies Target will not hire
We don’t have any direct “no” responses from the company about records that will make them turn an applicant away. Read on for more.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
Does Target hire felons? Yes, but do they hire someone with your type of felony? There are some felonies that will stop you from getting hired. Remember earlier when we said that Target looks at each individual’s case? Here are some cases where your record may make it harder for you to get hired:
- Theft convictions. Most employers will be hesitant to hire someone with a theft conviction to work around money or products.
- Sex crime convictions. Because Target stores draw many customers and want to maintain a family friendly environment, they will likely be hesitant to hire those who have been convicted of a sex crime, particularly if your crime involved a minor.
Be aware of your convictions when you apply for certain positions. You’ll more than likely be able to find work in an area where you don’t have a conflict. They may hire you for their warehouse or some other area that lets you get a second chance so you can work on rebuilding your life with a reputable company.
Does Target hire sex offenders?
Again, this is one of those questions the company hasn’t made clear. We’re simply not sure, but online responses suggest this kind of background will make it harder for you to get the job.
Does Target drug test?
We could not find a specific policy related to drug testing. However, in our research, we found they typically do not drug test regular employees. It seems that they will for managers, however.
Have you applied for a job or worked here before? Share your experiences!
We want to hear your experiences, specifically on how to get hired at Target. If you’ve gotten a job there with a felony or misdemeanor conviction, tell us how you did it and what the hiring process was like.
Thanks for stopping by and good luck with your job search!