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Does Hobby Lobby Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update January 20, 2020
Does Hobby Lobby hire felons as cashiers

Have you considered working for a company that offers craft and hobby supplies? If so, you may have wondered: Does Hobby Lobby hire felons?

Since many of us at Relaunch Pad are former felons, we understand that finding a job with any type of criminal record can be exhausting. We do our best to make job searching as simple as possible for you and other former offenders by getting the information you need to achieve success. That’s why Relaunch Pad contacts companies directly to ask them about their hiring policies for former felons!

In this article we will provide answers to questions like:

  • Does Hobby Lobby do background checks?
  • What do employees say about working here?
  • Does Hobby Lobby hire people with misdemeanors?
  • Does Hobby Lobby drug test?
  • What are the odds of being hired here?

Does Hobby Lobby hire felons?

Does Hobby Lobby hire felons as cashiers
Attr: Wikimedia Commons. Author: Michael Rivera

Official company policy for hiring felons

We haven’t heard back from Hobby Lobby just yet, but we’ll continue to try and make contact. In the meantime, we’ve reviewed them carefully to be able to bring you answers.

Hobby Lobby’s website doesn’t have an official policy for hiring former felons listed.

We’re not going to allow this to stop us, so let’s continue to see what we found about how to get hired at Hobby Lobby with a felony.

Has Hobby Lobby hired felons in the past?

We turned to our online sources in order to get the lowdown on Hobby Lobby. The good news is that they say Hobby Lobby has hired felons before. This may vary depending on age of conviction and what the crime was, though.

Keep reading to see how to get a job at Hobby Lobby with a felony.

Does Hobby Lobby hire people with misdemeanors?

We didn’t uncover anything that spoke directly on them hiring someone with a misdemeanor. That said, if they’re willing to hire someone with a felony, they’ll more than likely consider someone with a lesser offense.

Is Hobby Lobby on the Ban the Box list?

Do you remember the ease of applying for a job before you had your felony? Wouldn’t it be great if you could have that same confidence now? Well, there are some programs working to make this a reality! We are going to introduce you to two initiatives that are working to help make job searching less stressful.

The Ban the Box campaign, for example, has set out to convince employers to remove all questions concerning criminal history from their applications. This prevents your mistakes from being the highlight of your application. Instead, the employer can focus on what’s in front of them — your skills and experience.

The Fair Chance Business Pledge is a way employers can vouch that they’re committed to practicing these fair hiring policies for everyone — criminal background or not.

Does Hobby Lobby have special programs for hiring felons?

No, they don’t.

What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?

Average likelihood of being hired with a felony

Does Hobby Lobby hire felons? Yes, they do! However, the odds of being hired at Hobby Lobby with a felony are average. We know that they’ve hired ex-felons in the past. We just don’t know what their guidelines are for hiring them.

In an upcoming section, we’ll provide you with some tips to help strengthen your odds of being hired here. So let’s get to it!

What are some entry-level jobs?

Entry-level jobs at Hobby Lobby will be in customer service. Some duties you can expect to perform are: operating cash registers, stocking shelves, and assisting customers with their purchases.

Like most retail entry-level jobs, be prepared to be on your feet for long periods while maintaining a pleasant attitude — even with the not-so-friendly customers.

For positions that require more skills and experience, make sure you check out their career page.

How to get hired at Hobby Lobby with a felony

If you’re interested in learning how to get a job at Hobby Lobby with a felony, you’re in the right place! We noticed that their hiring process will be a tad different from how you’d apply for most jobs, so we’ve included some pointers for applying. Here’s what we mean . . .

We tried to sneak a peek at their application, but Hobby Lobby is old school — they’ll require you to come in and fill out a paper application for all hourly jobs. It’s very important that the application is neat. They don’t want to see scribbles all over, so take your time to read over it before you begin filling it out. This will help you avoid errors and leaving anything blank.

We aren’t sure if a resume will be requested, but it’s always best to have one just in case — even if only to bring to the interview! We’re here to help in this area too. We’ve actually created a guide just for this purpose. We show you how to highlight your skills and experience to match the job you’re applying for.

What do we mean? Take the job you had working at the corner market, for example. This job provided you with customer service, cash register knowledge and stocking skills. All of these are great skills to include when applying with Hobby Lobby!

You should also put some thought into the interview since it’s your first opportunity to wow them with your personality. Retailers love seeing this! Be sure you’re smiling and making eye contact when speaking with the interviewer. It’s a good idea to practice ahead of time if you’re super nervous.

The interview is also the ideal time to address your background. Be honest! We know they’re fairly felon friendly, so don’t allow a lie to prevent you from being hired. You can explain your circumstances and field their questions.

Does Hobby Lobby do background checks?

Yes, Hobby Lobby mentions on their job listings that a background check will be done. However, it isn’t clear if this applies to hourly jobs. Our suggestion is to be one step ahead — be prepared!

Here are some things to keep in mind regarding background checks: 

The following states will see an offense only if it’s less than seven years old:

  • California
  • Colorado*
  • Kansas*
  • Maryland*
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire*
  • New York*
  • Texas*
  • Washington*

(*certain pay or salary bracket positions require a screening.)

The states that will only see guilty convictions are as follows:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana (limited check)
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York

The majority of states are behind the times and will still look at everything. These states include:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (extensive check)
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Company ratings

In order to make sure Hobby Lobby is a good fit for you, we reviewed glassdoor.com to see what employees had to say about working here.

Hobby Lobby is rated with 3.3 out of 5 stars by just under 2,000 people. Not too bad for a retail job. But let’s take a look to see what was liked and disliked about working here.

Most employees say it’s a great place to work. Entry-level jobs pay more than minimum wage (yay!), the hours are flexible and you have Sundays off. However, there seem to be few full-time positions available and there isn’t a lot of room for advancing.

What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?

We all know that even if a company is willing to hire someone with a record, there may be some offenses that cause doubts. Here are a few we think might give you a harder time getting hired here:

Hobby Lobby is a retail store, so we know the number one focus will be their customers. That being said, a violent or sexual offense will probably have a rough time getting their foot in the door.

Another priority will be the merchandise and money exchanged for purchases. This will more than likely make them hesitant with any type of theft conviction.

Does Hobby Lobby drug test?

Yes, be prepared for a drug test when applying here.

Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!

What do you know about working here with a felony? Has someone you known worked here with a record? Let us hear from you! We appreciate feedback!

Kristin M
Reentry Educator

Kristin is a Reentry Educator for The Relaunch Pad. After serving 12 1/2 years in prison Kristin enjoys helping others overcome some of the obstacles she also faced after her release. She is an avid supporter of AIM ( Aid to Inmate Mothers) and in her spare time she enjoys making crafts and spending time with her dog Tydus.