How to answer about a conviction on a job application?

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How to answer about a conviction on a job application?

I’m applying for a job with a car rental company and under driving history it asked this question, “Have you been convicted of any alcohol or drug-related driving offense in the past 5 years (including, but not limited to, driving or operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or while intoxicated, unlawful blood alcohol level, operating while impaired and/or similar offenses)? Now I was convicted of a drug felony but not involving a car nor have I ever had a DUI or anything involving me in a car. So do I answer yes or no to the question?

Asked on July 23, 2011 California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Answer it truthfully--but according to what it asks for. You are not required to volunteer information that is not sought; all you have to do is to answer the actual questions honestly. In this case, from what you write, the question appears to only be asking for "alcohol or drug-related DRIVING" offenses. (Which makes sense, given that you are applying for a position with a rental car company. If your prior drug conviction did not involve driving or operating a vehical, you can truthfully answer "no." Also, if the offense you refer to occured more than 5 years ago, it would also appear that even if it had involved driving or operating a vehicle, that you would not have to divulge it, since the question limits itself to the past 5 years.


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