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Does SWIFT Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update March 20, 2019
Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication

Is a career in telecommunications for you? Then keep reading as we answer the question: Does SWIFT hire felons?

In a nutshell, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) operates the largest telecommunications service for the banking industry around the globe. It’s responsible for the transmission of highly secure, standardized messages about financial transactions between member banks.

We reach out to companies directly to ask them about their hiring policy for former felons to save you some legwork. Unfortunately, we haven’t heard back yet. However, while we’re waiting for their response, we’ve researched the answer! We also answer questions like the following:

  • How does SWIFT do background checks?
  • Does SWIFT hire people with misdemeanors?
  • What entry-level jobs do they have?

Relaunch Pad knows it’s tough to find work with a record. To combat that, our staff are either former felons or people who work with them to build a better life. This is why you can trust our answers

Does SWIFT hire felons?

Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication

Official company policy for hiring felons

There’s no information on the company’s website. As mentioned, we’ve reached out to SWIFT directly and are waiting for their response.

Has SWIFT hired felons in the past?

Honestly, we’re not sure. Without an official company statement and employee comments confirming they have, it’s hard to say.

Does SWIFT hire people with misdemeanors?

Our research hasn’t verified that they do or don’t. However, keep in mind that misdemeanors are less serious offenses. So, it should be easier to get hired with a misdemeanor than to get a job at SWIFT with a felony.

Is SWIFT on the Ban the Box list?

No, SWIFT is not on the Ban the Box list. In addition, we found no evidence that they’ve signed the Fair Chance Business Pledge.

Let us explain why these two programs are important for ex-felons looking for work.

When an employer signs the Ban the Box list, they remove the criminal record check box from their job applications. This shows that they’re interested first in applicants’ job qualifications. Only after confirming that an applicant’s skills and abilities make them a good fit for the job will a criminal record be considered.

Companies that sign the Fair Chance Business Pledge signal that they’ll be fair in their assessment of applicants, even if they have a criminal record.

Does SWIFT have special programs for hiring felons?

No they don’t, but this isn’t unusual.

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

Uncertain likelihood of being hired with a felony

Does SWIFT hire felons? The odds you can get a job at SWIFT with a felony, in our opinion, are uncertain.

This is based on:

  1. We don’t yet have an official statement from the company about their hiring policy for felons.
  2. SWIFT is not on the Ban the Box list, and they haven’t signed the Fair Chance Business Pledge.
  3. We couldn’t find any confirmation from employees saying you can.

What are some entry-level jobs?

Most positions at SWIFT require a university education.

Having said that, here are some examples of jobs that don’t and could be considered entry-level, depending on your experience:

Marketing Content Developer — Create engaging communications and marketing content. Requires strong writing skills and being fluent in technical jargon.

Compliance Specialist — Develop and manage client’s accounts. Experience in sales or marketing is needed.

Payment/Compliance Business Consultant — Assisting new customers with products they need. Previous work in financial services is required.

How to get hired at SWIFT with a felony

First, take a look at Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication’s careers page. Take a look at all openings, or search for jobs by location and position.

Also, read through company’s website to find out what it’s like to work for them. In addition to that, the site tells you about training and development and compensation and benefits.

Here’s some other information that might help you figure out how to get hired at SWIFT:

  • The company has over 2,000 employees in 18 offices worldwide. According to SWIFT’s website, half of their employees work in IT or operations and about 500 have marketing, finance or sales jobs. So if SWIFT has an office in your city, they may have openings in these types of positions.
  • The company wants to hire people who are self-motivated, like to work in a team, and want to learn and grow. Here’s a quote from their careers page:

“If you are a collaboration-oriented global citizen of the world with a drive for excellence, someone who appreciates the challenges and opportunities of a high-tech work environment where your curiosity, continuous learning and improvement is rewarded with interesting international career opportunities, then SWIFT might be just the place for you!”

  • To work in telecommunications, you need a computer, as well as analytical and communication skills. So, make sure to highlight these in your resume.

When you do land an interview, make the most of the chance you’re given. The following are some tips about how to do just that:

  • Dress like you would if you were going to your first day on the job. Business casual clothing is always a safe bet!
  • Maintain a tidy appearance with a new haircut, if you need it. It’s not a bad idea to cover up any obvious tattoos, if you can, even if they’re more accepted these days.
  • Look for any opportunities to show who you are as a person in the interview. For example, most interviews include behavioral questions. This is where you can demonstrate positive qualities like honesty and integrity.
  • Don’t discount the beneficial impact of your personal story about overcoming adversity, paying your debt to society and moving towards your future goals. But don’t overdo it!
  • When it’s your turn for a question, be prepared to ask something about SWIFT or what it’s like to work there. For example, you could ask about the type of training the company offer. Steer away from killer questions like how much time do you get for lunch or do they drug test after hiring!
  • As you’re thanking the hiring manager for the interview, tell them how soon you can start if you’re offered the job. This bold move shows confidence, and gives them information they’ll need if you’re the successful candidate.

Does SWIFT do background checks?

All we know for sure is that the job application asks you to confirm that you’re legally allowed to work in the United States and that they will also confirm your identity.

Despite that, expect that SWIFT will do a more comprehensive background check. Because they support the banking industry they need to ensure that the people they hire are trustworthy. So, a criminal record is something they’re going to look at closely.

Here’s some important information about background checks:

In some states, a background check only covers the last seven years. Those states are:

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

(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)

Furthermore, in a small number of states, not guilty verdicts aren’t considered. Check them out here:

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

Be advised, however, that in most states your entire record will be looked at. This includes not guilty verdicts. Here’s the list of the states where this applies:

  • 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

On there are more reviews — 196 to be exact. Here, people gave the company 3.3 out of 5. Only 54% said they’d recommend it to a friend, while 74% approved of the CEO.

Here are the most common pros and cons people gave:

  • Pros were work-life balance and great colleagues.
  • Cons were lack of appreciation from management and high staff turnover.

As you can see, there’s very little independent feedback about the company online. Take the company ratings for what they’re worth, and be ready to form your own opinion.

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

If you have felony convictions related to fraud or theft, in particular, you may have a difficult time getting hired. Working for the company means that you’re in a position of trust, and Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication doesn’t want that trust abused by staff who steal information or money.

The company recently launched a new fraud and cybercrime prevention service for their clients. This explains how serious they are about protecting their member banks from the risk of criminal activity.

In addition, it may be a problem if your criminal background is for assault or other violence-related offences. SWIFT will want to know that this behavior is in the past. They want to have faith that their employees can work as part of a team and also be able to resolve customer issues calmly.

Does SWIFT drug test?

We’re not sure. Even so, it’s best to be on the safe side and be prepared that you may be given a drug test.

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

Do you have firsthand knowledge that can help our readers?

What can you tell us about how to get hired at Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication?

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Sandy Bell-Murray
Reentry Educator

Sandy Bell-Murray worked for more than thirty years for the Ontario public service, mainly in adult and youth justice. She began as a Probation and Parole Officer, then became a policy analyst, program supervisor and manager. Currently, she delivers workshops focused on building personal resilience and managing stress. She is an active member of Toastmasters International.