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Does Home Depot Hire Felons?

Picture of the Home Depot logoMany felons have a hard time finding work and it can seem impossible to find an employer that will hire you. Help For Felons often likes to investigate which companies will hire felons and which will not in order to save you time and frustration.

Below we will answer the question; does Home Depot hires felons or not?

Does Home Depot hire felons? Your answer here!

Home depot is a large home improvement chain that has thousands of employees spread across the United States.  If you have looked for a lists of employers that hire felons on the internet you may have found the Home Depot listed as “felon friendly.” We have not found this to be the case at all and have never had one report of a felon being hired by Home Depot regardless of time since conviction or the actual felony charge.

There are many rumors that Home Depot will hire felons and this is due to several reasons. The first reason is because felons always seem to get far into the hiring process without having any issues. Many felons have a first and second interview, complete their drug test (passing) and then are told that they can start orientation. Sounds great right? What happens is that when the background check comes back they will call you and tell you that are not eligible for employment.

Home Depot runs a background check as the last step of the hiring process and they generally get it back just before orientation starts. We have heard reports that even state that the applicant declared his or her felony on the application and even talked about it with the hiring manager. Thinking everything is great the applicant has high hopes of being hired but only to have their hopes dashed at the last moment.

Here is what one applicant had to say;

“I have a friend who applied, was honest about his criminal past, made it through two interviews, passed the drug test, and was scheduled for orientation. The DAY BEFORE he was to go in, he was called and told he would not be hired. Not once during ANY of this did any one mention his background being a problem (he had one felony of a bad check). I do hope it turns out differently for you, but I would be cautious until you actually start work. FYI- this was in Georgia.”

Source: Prison Talk Forum

Another applicant also had this to say to us;

“I made it all the way through the application process [Home Depot] and at the last minute they told me they could not hire me because of my felony conviction even though I told them about it on my application and in the interview.”

As you can see it may not be worth you time and getting your hopes up about Home Depot hiring felons. We suggest that you take a look at some of our resources and job information pages if you are in need of work or help.

106 thoughts on “Does Home Depot Hire Felons?

  1. I worked at Home Depot from 2013-2015, started part time and worked my way up to full time then to Specialist within that 2 years. I left for a better paying job. I was just convicted of felony grand larceny 3rd degree, however I never stole anything. I was a party they considered involved so they found me guilty even though again, I never stole a thing. I am now trying to go back to Depot but am worried about my felony because it’s theft. However, all of the employees want me to come back and managers would love to have me back. Does anybody know of any employees hired with a grand larceny? I miss working there and my coworkers, and they all know I am a great worker and person. Will that matter with my charge?

    1. So, to sum up much of the information below, for those of you that have applied please clarify the following:

      It seems clear the HD is using First Advantage and that the check goes back 7 years.
      My question is… in the 7 years they check back on what are they looking for?
      Is it release from the penitentiary or date of conviction? It is important to know this because those who served a lot of time there is a huge gap between the two.

      Is the 7 years for all felonies, or are there certain felonies they go back further or indefinitely?

  2. Mad at I even was worried. HOME DEPOT HIRES FELONS. No violent or sexual ones but drugs yes just hired two weeks ago and been workin since

      1. I worked with someone at Depot who did 16 years for drug offenses. This was his first job after being released. Was within a year of his release. They hired him and he moved up the ladder. I know they can hire people with certain felonies, just not sure if they will hire all felonies.

  3. So, they are not felon friendly. I applied disclosed my felony along with penal code. Got a phone interview. The want in with a interview with two managers. I impressed everyone and got the job that day contingent with a background check and drug test. Went in for a drug test and signed my background information. A week later I got a letter from home Depot corporate office in Atlanta. The background was through first advantage. They adversed there offer based on my felon convictions. They’re five years old. I know in California they can’t go further than seven years. So my advice if it’s over seven years you be good. If not they wont hire no matter what your rehabilitation efforts have been. Good luck.

  4. I was hired at Home Depot…. I was hired on April 2015. I got my felony in August 2013. My felony was for 3rd dwi…. I didn’t have a problem getting hired and I told the truth. So my advice would be to try it and be honest… Goodluck to anyone who’s going to try.

  5. I caught a felony in 2009 for a robbery and did my prison time. I applied at the HD. i passed my interview with flying colors and went in ro sign some paperwork, take a drng test and background check what do you guys think?

    1. I don’t know man. I worked 1 year and a half for Dhl. Great attendence ect ect. Passed the interview. Drug test. Waited for the bk round check and.. I never received a call or anything until the exact day of my supposed orientation I got the consumer report in the mail. So I panicked a little bit. Came in and they told me I was declined the position due to my bk round check.. Wtf?? Agg assault from 8 years ago! Hope you get the job tho!!

    2. Devin: what happened, did you get hired?? I just got out on parole in February for burglary.. I’m in the process of background check now…..

  6. This red …green…yellow flagging system. Who does it? The people i interviewed with ? Or someone ill never speak to. I was convicted of Assault on a police officer for hitting a patrol car in 2014. Im 50 and it was my only arrest ever. The first interview i was up front and honest and i have a second one coming up. Drug testing is not an issue. ..i just want to know if im wasting my time.

  7. I was denied employment from HD. I wrote a letter to the HR Dept stating what my offense was and what I was doing to better myself. I have a Bachelor Degree and worked steady jobs for 8-9 years beforehand. I had experience with the position and I was told that they was in desperate need to fill it. I did not disclose my offense because I was not asked about my background in the interview. I stated this in the letter. I passed the drug screen and everything. I was offered the position before I was given background check as well.

    I received a letter in the mail about 2 weeks after the interview stating that something came up in my background check and they would make a decision later. about a week later i was denied via letter in the mail. the offense is a sex offense, non contact related, non violent Felony in 3rd degree

    I am creating a job board that specifically targets felons, you can see it at:
    It is not finished but should be completed within the next month. I am working with various non-profits as well as employers.

  8. Well i just got denied employment there in detroit .i passed drug screen ,but i do have an extensive felony background ( 6 total felonies….drug cases and assault w/ ). My whole thing is…..i sold drugs and assaulted people directly envolved in my same life style ! Im done with that life style now,and i cant get a job ( not even fast food ) . i never stole/robbed,etc….violated any innocent people . i sold drugs and messed up people trying to jack me .i served my prison time and live a righteous life now,but i cant make a honest buck !

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