Best Buy is a major technology and appliance retail store. With locations all over the planet, they’re a great opportunity to find work . . . but does Best Buy hire felons?
That key piece of information can be the difference between whether or not you get a job. At Relaunch Pad, we understand that you face unique challenges in your hunt for work. Our staff features writers and researchers well-equipped to examine the job market and help former felons navigate it. That’s why we go directly to companies and ask their hiring policies towards former felons.
We also take a look at other key factors that might impact your job hunt:
- Does Best Buy do background checks?
- Does Best Buy hire people with misdemeanors?
- Will they test for drugs?
With these things in mind, read on to learn all about how Best Buy makes their hiring decisions!
Does Best Buy hire felons?
Official company policy for hiring felons
As always, we went right to the source and asked the company about their hiring policies.
Unfortunately, we don’t know much. According to the human resources employee we spoke to, it’s against their protocol to discuss how they make their hiring decisions.
However, we can say for a fact that Best Buy is heavily involved in equal opportunity hiring. They make a point of saying that they will not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, sexual orientation or religious creed.
Though this doesn’t say anything either way about the situation of a former felon, it does seem like a good sign.
Has Best Buy hired felons in the past?
From what we can tell, Best Buy has hired former felons in the past. Naturally, we don’t know the circumstances of those hires, but at the very least this means that your felony shouldn’t completely eliminate your chances of getting an interview.
Does Best Buy hire people with misdemeanors?
It’s also important to find out how a company feels about applicants with misdemeanors. Unfortunately, this is another piece of information that Best Buy wasn’t willing to give us. However, the fact that they’ve hired people with felonies is good for those with misdemeanors.
Usually a company that is willing to hire former felons is also open to hiring people with misdemeanors.
Is Best Buy on the Ban the Box list?
Ban the Box is a movement that pushes companies to eliminate questions about criminal records on job applications. The idea is to allow applicants to stand up on their own merits, rather than be judged just on the basis of their previous mistakes.
There is also the Fair Chance Business Pledge. Here, companies promise to actively be fair in their hiring policies.
Best Buy is not actually involved in either of the movements relevant to former felons. However, as we know, they believe in equal opportunity hiring.
This doesn’t sound great, but it’s actually not a huge deal. There are many companies that hire former felons that don’t have any association with these movements.
Does Best Buy have special programs for hiring felons?
Some companies feature hiring programs geared towards former felons. They are a great way to improve your chances of getting hired. Unfortunately, these programs are rare and, from what we can see, Best Buy does not have any.
What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?
Is it possible to get a job at Best Buy with a felony? Let’s review. The company won’t tell us about their hiring policies. They aren’t involved in Ban the Box or the Fair Business Pledge. Additionally, they don’t have any special programs for hiring former felons.
On the flip side, though, it looks like they have hired former felons in the past. They are also very clear about their commitment to making fair hiring decisions.
Factoring in these points, we rate your chances as average. It seems that the details of your record may influence your likelihood of getting hired. However, without more information from the company about their hiring policies, it’s hard to list your odds too high.
What are some entry-level jobs?
Now, let’s talk about jobs. A look at their career page shows several different opportunities. You can divide their entry-level jobs into two categories: Warehouse and customer service.
Warehouse jobs are mostly behind-the-scenes. You’ll be unloading trucks, scanning merchandise and other tasks. This work is very physical and may involve hours that extend beyond the store’s hours of operations.
Then there are customer service jobs. These entail helping customers with sales. However, since Best Buy has many departments, actual duties may vary.
Hours will be different from store-to-store, but typically you can expect to find day and night shifts seven days a week.
How to get hired at Best Buy with a felony
Does Best Buy hire felons? Landing a job at Best Buy is going to depend on a good application. You are going to want to spend plenty of time perfecting your resume. You’ll want to tailor it to the job you’re applying for. For example, if you’re applying for customer service and have experience in retail, make sure that stands out on your application.
It can also be to your benefit to get a second pair of eyes on your submission. If you have a friend or family member who’s good with applications, consider asking for their assistance. Career centers are happy to help as needed as well.
Once you submit a good application, it will be time for the interview. For this part of the process, you should show up looking professional. Nice clothes are a must, and it is also a good idea to cover up tattoos and piercings. Best Buy may actually allow those to be displayed by their employees, but for your first impression, it’s a good idea to cover up until you know their policy.
It can be helpful to have a practice interview. In addition to offering resume critiques, some job centers will also offer dummy interviews. If you don’t have access to that resource, you can always sit down with a friend and go over some basic interview questions.
Once you’ve done all the prep work, it’s time to relax. You can do this!
Does Best Buy do background checks?
Best Buy will, in certain situations, do background checks. However, what this means for you will depend on the state that you live in. Different places have different rules.
Here’s what you need to know about background checks:
If you live in one of these states, the background check will only go back seven years:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
There are also some states that will exclude information on not guilty convictions. Here are those states:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
Unfortunately, there are also states that show everything. If you live in one of the following, Best Buy will see everything, including not guilty verdicts:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
We also took a look at the company’s online ratings to see what it is like to work at Best Buy. According to glassdoor.com Best Buy has a rating of 3.8 out of 5 stars. The lowest score was 3.3 for upper management. The highest was 3.9 for culture and values.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
While it looks like it is possible to get a job at Best Buy with a felony, there are some convictions that might have a harder time than others.
Since some positions involve handling money, theft convictions might be weighted heavily against you.
Heavy machinery is used in the warehouse, which means drug and alcohol offenses won’t be taken kindly.
Finally, customer service jobs usually exclude applicants with violent or sexual offenses.
Does Best Buy drug test?
Though they don’t always drug test, they do reserve the right to. It’s always best to be safe rather than sorry.
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